Managing Stress in College

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It’s getting to be a busy time of the semester. Classes are racing towards the finish line, work is piling up, and due dates are overlapping. And if you’re anything like me, you probably feel like you haven’t stopped working, yet you still have a heap of things to get done.

While it might be easy to panic, stress, and feel guilty whenever you aren’t working, it’s through these times that it’s most important to unwind and take time for yourself. Here’s how…

1.) Take a break with another activity.

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Whether you’re deciding what to make for dinner or reading a book for pleasure, taking a break and refocusing your mind on something else for a little while will allow you to return to your work refueled.

2.) Listen to music.

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Give your brain a rest and activate the creative area of your mind. (Separately from working, preferably. While music can be a great destresser, it can be a distraction while you’re working.)

3.) Get outside.

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Whether you’re taking a ten-minute walk or spending a Saturday on a more vigorous hike, stepping away from the books and the screens will clear your mind and send you back to your work more motivated.

4.) Treat yourself.

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You’re doing your best, and that’s all that matters. Go easy on yourself, remember to forgive your mistakes as long as you learn from them, and take a moment to indulge in something- it can be as small as a Gingerbread Latte from Starbucks (which I highly recommend, by the way)!

 

How do you manage stress in college?

 

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Claire Cavanaugh

Claire Cavanaugh

Claire is a rising junior at St. Michael's College, a small liberal arts school in Colchester, Vermont, where she studies Media Studies, Journalism, and Digital Arts. You can find her frequenting Smuggler's Notch Ski Resort and blogging for the St. Michael's College Founders Society. Back home in Newbury, Massachusetts, Claire is a lifegaurd at a local YWCA. She loves writing, photography, skiing, and exploring new places. Check out her St. Michael's blog (claireinvermont.blogspot.com) as well as her Instagram (@claire_cavanaugh) to keep up on her college experience in Vermont!