Hi guys and happy Thursday! I got a guest post for y’all today from a pretty amazing gal so I’m super excited to share it with ya!
Let’s welcome Rachel to Blissful 🙂
Rachel is a media relations representative for Orangetheory Fitness. In her spare time she enjoys writing, hiking, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
As college students, our lives become incredibly busy, and it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed or even suffocated by it. Stress changes people, so much so that it can cause health problems like weight gain or loss, illness, chest pain, sleep problems, anxiety, even depression. My senior year was one of the most demanding years of my life. Between 6 classes, just trying to graduate, and a part time job, I felt like I was drowning my first semester. Luckily, I was able to find balance my second semester, so here are some tips to manage your stress that helped me.
- Exercise: I’m sure this is one tip people hear all the time, but there’s a reason for that. There’s nothing like going for a run or lifting some weights when you’re stressed. I’ve always found that it clears my head and calms me down; it helps me get rid of any nervous energy. Whatever kind of exercise works for you, try to make time for it a couple times a week. Even if it’s just taking a walk, it’ll give you the break you need to relax a little bit. As Elle Woods famously said, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.”
- Spend time with Friends and Family: This is what really got me through some tough times! Even if it was just studying together or sitting down for a quick dinner, spending time with people I care about made me feel infinitely better. Don’t forget to take some breaks and make time for them. Don’t lose touch with your friends or family just because you have too much stuff to do!
- Eat Well: This can be hard to do when you’re stressed. I did a lot of stress eating my first semester, but ended up struggling with under eating my second semester. I would recommend packing or prepping meals beforehand so you have food readily available and don’t feel like you’re wasting time by eating. This way, you can also have healthy options available quickly. I also liked to bring stuff to study while I ate, especially if I was eating in the cafeteria, that way I could justify taking the time to sit down and eat.
- Be Kind to Yourself: Make sure to treat yourself on occasion. Spend time doing something you love, eat a special treat, or even watch your favorite movie or listen to your favorite songs. Whatever it is, do something that calms you down and makes you happy. I like to paint or draw when I’m stressed, as it helps me channel some of the energy I have. One of my favorite easy ways to destress is to take a drive and listen to music. It makes me feel so much better.
- Remember that it’s Temporary: Whether you’re studying for a big exam, writing a final paper, or even working on a group project, you need to remember that this will eventually be over. You’ll take your test, you’ll submit your paper, and you will This will not last forever, and soon you can rest. Think of it as a race with a finish line. Remember your goal, but make sure to also pace yourself.
- Learn how to Study Properly: Studying is such an important part of college, so knowing how to study properly should be one of your top priorities as a student. First, you need to figure out how you learn best. Whether you’re a visual, auditory, or tactile learner, knowing which works best for you will make your studying more efficient. It also helps to have a special place to study, like a library or café that you like. Finally, eliminate anything that might distract you, whether it’s friends, your phone, or even bright lights or loud noises. Being an efficient studier will help you reduce your stress as you complete your work.
College is such a life changing experience. It’s a time for people to grow, find themselves, and try new things. It’s also a time of high stress, so it’s important for college students to find ways to relax and not overwhelm themselves. I hope you find time to have a little fun and remember, this is supposed to be the best time of your life! It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day business of life, but when you step back and appreciate your experience for what it is, you’ll be much more grateful for it.
Now tell me:
What are some ways that you manage stress?
Have a great Thursday guys!!
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