College student stress-busters
Being a student is a juggling act. We know how busy you are and how many balls you have to balance at once. Many of our students are balancing careers, part-time jobs, children and families in addition to their studies. When your responsibilities add up, it’s normal to feel extra stressed. Instead of looking for magical relief, there are small, simple solutions you can implement every day to help yourself feel at ease. Here are a few suggestions…

Talk to someone
One of the worst things you can do when you feel stressed is go through it alone. Chances are, your fellow classmates are feeling the same way you are. Reach out to your classmates to talk about what you’re going through. You’ll find comfort in knowing that you’re not alone. If you’re not comfortable connecting, share your feelings with a friend or family member. Sometimes, just venting about your concerns can provide relief and put the situation into perspective.

Laugh it off
You’ve likely heard the saying before, “Laughter is the best medicine.” Sometimes, it really is! When life situations add up, one of the best things you can do is a take a break and focus on fun. Watch a funny movie, get together with some friends and have a good time. The distraction from your stressors can do wonders in improving your mood, and brings you back feeling refreshed.

Get up and move
Much like laughter, endorphins can do wonders for alleviating stress. Once of the best ways to get them flowing is with exercise. This doesn’t mean you have to sign up for an ultra-marathon. But when tension is high, head outside for a quick walk. Or, if you have a gym membership, squeeze in small workouts when you can. It can be easy to forget about fitness when you’re so busy. But, carving out regular time in your schedule will ensure it stays top of mind.

Study smarter
Students can quickly put a lot of pressure on themselves by taking on too much at once. Having an organized study schedule can help avoid any late-night projects or last-minute study sessions. At the beginning of each semester, try creating a study schedule. Set aside time to work on assignments or exam prep for each of your classes. Dedicated time can help to keep you on track. When you have larger assignments to complete, break them down into smaller tasks and add those to your calendar as well.

Take a break
As you sort out your calendar, budget in time for friends, family and yourself! It can become all too easy to pack your planner with assignments and studying. As you block out your time, schedule regular appointments to meet up with friends, attend family events and other appointments. Me time is important, too. So add blocks where you’ll do things you really enjoy for a break. It’s easy to do these things on the fly. But when your schedule stacks up, securing a time slot for them can ensure you stick to your plan.

It’s important to make the most of your college experience, without overdoing it. If you find yourself caught in a juggling act, it’s important to do something about it.Don’t be afraid to reach out for help and talk to someone about what you’re going through. And, when it comes to your classmates, chances are they’re feeling a lot like you do