There are so many different ways to handle stress these days. Perhaps your definition of de-stressing includes a glass of wine, reading a good book, or going to an extreme and punching a pillow. Whatever floats your boat is sure to find you some relief, especially during National Stress Out week!
That’s right, National Stress Out week does not fall on the same week as your finals, but this week is close enough right?
According to a national survey approximately 79% of Americans are stressed out at work on a daily basis. While the survey was mainly for the workplace, being enrolled in a college degree program is work and some of you are doing double the work and balancing a full-time job and college. Here are some tips on managing your stress and hopefully balancing your workload.
Meditate – Cliché as it sounds meditation has been proven to reduce stress and chronic pain. Find a quite spot to sit down, close your eyes, and focus on breathing in and out. Set aside all your concerns and focus only on the moment at hand.
Make a To-Do List and Learn To Prioritize – As a college student you’re likely to procrastinate and “work better under pressure”, but learning to prioritize now can come in handy for your future career. Create to-do lists once a week and figure out which ones are the most important. Not only will this help you manage your time and energy, but crossing one thing off your to-do list always feels oh-so good.
Ask for Help – Yep, you read right. Asking for help can be difficult for some people but if you’re balancing a home life along with a full-time college schedule this is something you must do. Ask anyone whether it is a friend, colleague, or family member to lend a helping hand.
Be Healthy – This means exercising and eating right. You’re probably wondering how you could be enrolled in a full-time degree program and find time to exercise — but just fitting in 30 minutes can make a world of a difference. Eating certain foods can also keep stress at bay including spinach, fatty-fish like salmon, pistachios and almonds, and oranges.
Get rid of the toxic people in your life – I’m not calling for an immediate and permanent cut-off from the toxic people in your life – firing your boss is obviously not an option. However, simply steering away from certain people during stressful times in your life can be helpful. Consider that friend that is constantly complaining about their first-world problems, is it helpful to have to hear that while you’re writing your psychology paper? Ok it might be. But getting rid of someone who only causes you to stress more will allow you to focus on finishing your tasks and becoming stress-free.