Reduce Stress to be a Success
College is a time of learning about yourself, taking on new tasks and growing into the person you’re destined to be. As much fun and excitement as college brings, it also has moments where you just want to pull your hair out, pack your things and hitchhike across the country.
Have no fear! I have some great tips to help you manage your classes, stay on top of your tasks, and live a stress free life.
It’s a no brainer that clutter doesn’t lead to greatness. Having an organized lifestyle is not only beneficial, but necessary. No one, especially college students, likes to look for hours for that paper that’s due at 2 p.m. or that homework assignment you forgot to do. Creating a space for all of your classwork and other items allows you to have more time to get things done and less time worrying about where things are. Try using different notebooks and binders for your multiple classes. Creating a filing system is great, because you won’t have miscellaneous papers lying everywhere making it much easier to find something you may need in the future.
Create a To Do List
I know what you’re thinking. You believe you have the best memory in the world and won’t forget a thing, right? Have you ever thought about how many times you end up in your room at the end of the day, suddenly remembering all the things you were supposed to do that day but didn’t?
Having a weekly to do list allows you to visually see all the assignments and tasks you have to do. Because you have a physical to do list, checking off each completed task lets you know how much you have left to do without feeling overwhelmed. It allows you to prioritize your tasks, so that they each get completed in a timely manner, which will help to strengthen your time management skills. You won’t be left cramming for that biology test, because you already had it on your to do list to study for it.
Don’t Overwork Yourself
One of the best things you can do in college is get involved. Campus organizations are great ways to connect with your fellow peers and the world around you. You’re able to form vital relationships and truly enjoy your college years.
With so many benefits in being involved in college, overworking yourself isn’t one of them. No one wants the reputation of being a “committer, but not a committed person”. Taking on more than you can handle can interfere with multiple parts of your life and leaves you not being able to work as well as you can. Take the time to think about to what organizations you want to be belong and work them within your schedule. If you’re taking five classes, it wouldn’t be wise to commit to seven organizations. That sounds crazy, but people have done that before and have had to face the consequences (think GPA suffered). Know yourself, what works for you and what will ultimately bring you the best reward in life.
Live a Healthy Life
This may sound redundant but this advice will never go out of style. It’s true, you are what you eat. Living off of a diet consisting of soda, french fries and burgers won’t give you the energy you need in college. Eating in moderation is essential, along with adding fruits and vegetables to your diet. A good diet helps to keep you balanced, feeling good and focused.
Being healthy also includes being active. Going to the gym on a weekly basis reduces your stress, tones your body and recharges you for the hectic week you have ahead. Getting adequate sleep at night is so important. Contrary to popular belief, all nighters do not help you on an exam the next morning. Your mind and body needs rest to perform at its best.
Life has its challenges and setbacks but with these tips, you can conquer them all. You may not be able to control everything but you can control how you handle things. These tips, though they may seem little, will lead to the greatest reward – a stress free college degree!
Bianca Wentt is a senior Psychology major from New York and is currently serving as a member of the 2015 Incept team. She wrote this article about tips for reducing stress, because they really helped throughout her collegiate career.