How to Manage Stress in College

Do you remember when you were in high school thinking life would be a bowl of cherries if you were able to make your own decisions? Now that you are on your own you may be feeling that you got stuck with the pits. You might be experiencing too much stress. Stress can be caused by having too much work. Perhaps you are taking too many credit hours or your classes are more difficult than you had planned. Perhaps you joined too many clubs or college activities. Stress can also be created by making poor decisions such as getting involved with the wrong person or over spending money.

Extreme cases of stress can often lead to panic attacks. Common symptoms of panic attacks include: chest pain, chest tightness, dizziness, tingling hands or feet, sweating, fainting, sense of unreality, trembling when it is not cold outside, fear of dying, and doing something something uncontrollable. If you have any of these symptoms, you may have experienced a panic attack. If you find you have several of these symptoms you should seek assistance from the campus health clinic or at the college’s counseling center.

These are some helpful stress busters to assist you in reducing stress right now. Make sure you are getting enough rest. Most college students need about eight hours a night of uninterrupted sleep. Eat on a regular basis and watch what you eat. Breakfast is a very important meal and should not be skipped. Eat a balanced diet by including vegetables and fruits. Limit your intake of snack foods and foods that contain a lot of sugar. Make sure you are getting enough exercise on a regular basis. Exercise is also great for helping with depression since endorphins are released in the brain. Just being able to get away for a short period of time to do some walking or play a sports game can help you come back to your studies feeling refreshed. It is a great way to be able to release stress. Be sure you are not drinking to excess. Drugs and alcohol can cause you to think irrationally therefore putting strain on the decisions you are making. Your decisions could be making the situation worse. Be prepared for any upcoming tests or assignments that are due. Try to do assignments and any studying for exams as you receive them from your professor. It certainly cuts down on the amount of stress and pressure you feel when you know you are not having to play catch-up or back peddle.