No one is immune to stress and for college students, sometimes it can be almost overwhelming to enter the halls of their preferred college. Between worrying about classes, working, and extracurricular activities, many times it can become simply too much to handle, resulting in depression, anxiety and often flunking out of the college you worked so hard to be accepted to, to begin with. With that in mind, read on below for a few of the top ways to relieve stress as a college student.
Schedule a Movie Night
One of the best ways to unwind from a long week of college classes and work is to schedule a movie night. If you have one of the great deals with DIRECTV you will have access to several movies and popular TV shows. Talk to a few of your closest friends, buy some popcorn, curl up around a roaring fire, and have a horror movie feast. If you aren’t into horror, choose a few of the comedies or action movies that come with your many channels and de-stress by spending a night watching movies with your friends, without a class in sight.
Curl Up with Hot Cocoa or Tea
After a long day of classes and maybe a shift at work, one of the best ways to relax is by curling up with a mug of hot cocoa or a cup of chamomile tea. Both will work to relax you and you can sit and just relax while watching TV or doing nothing at all.
Read a Good Book
There is nothing better to take your mind off classes and the stress of being in college, than curling up with a good book. Books transport us to places we have never been and let us forget our worries for a while. There is no better way to de-stress than curling up in bed with a book. Not only will it help you de-tress, it’s a great way to get away from the electronics right before bedtime, ensuring you get a good night’s sleep.
Take Regular Breaks
College life is all about cramming for exams, cramming to get in everything you need to get done in a day, and cramming to have a social life. The important thing is to take regular breaks from your school work in order to come back feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day’s tasks. Whether it’s a quick walk around campus or spending an hour with friends at the local coffee shop, breaks are the best way to combat stress and ensure that your mind is on your homework when you sit down to get it done.
Exercise, Sleep and Eat Right
While this is probably obvious to most of us, it is easy to forget to take care of yourself when you are in college. It’s important to take time for yourself, no matter how busy your life and your classes might be. Eating right, getting the right amount of sleep, and exercising the way that you should is paramount to success at college and not letting the stress overwhelm you. Try to eat the way you should, go to bed at a decent time, and make sure to exercise daily, even if it’s just a walk around campus before curfew.
College can be tough, but you can’t let it beat you. From having a movie night with friends to exercising, sleeping, and eating right and from taking regular breaks to reading a good book, these are just a few of the top ways you can de-stress in college. Follow all of these tips or just the ones that work for you to relieve stress and do your best in the tough world of college students. Good luck! You can do this, with just a few tips and some emotional support from staff and friends.
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