College Life: Stress Relief


It is April 7th, and it seems like everyone being busy at this moment of the year. You might be taking 6 classes; you might be working for the coming annual fashion show; you might have started some final papers and/or projects; or you might be thinking of your next college and waiting to graduate. Luckily and unfortunately, I’m all of the above in this case. So I totally understand how you might feel right now, and want to share some ways with you to relieve the stress together. Dear stress, let’s break up.

  • Get enough sleep

Stress occurs when your tension level exceeds your energy level, resulting in an overloaded feeling. Therefore, as long as our available energy exceeds our tension level, then we’re in a good position. I am a “night owl”, but I have to force myself to go to bed early these days. The best you can do is to manage your work better, finish your work more quickly, and go to sleep earlier.

  • Eat well

I mean eating regularly and healthily. First, like a car, your brain needs quality fuel to run efficiently. When it comes to studying, you definitely want your brain to work efficiently. Also, when you’re stressed out, it’s easier for you to be sick, especially when the weather has been abnormal this month. Eating healthily and getting different nutrition can decrease the risk of getting sick.

  • Work out

When you’re stressed out, moving may be the last thing you feel like doing. But even 30 minutes physical activity can reduce your stress. Try something you enjoy, like dancing, swimming or yoga. I tried running in the gym several times. I was tired, but I did feel happier after that.

  • Avoid stress relief with alcohol

This might be a popular way to relieve the stress at colleges. Having some liquor to unwind after a hard day of studying seems perfectly logical, but any unresolved stress, which you have been through, will just come flooding back after having fun. You may also have to deal with nausea and hangovers the morning after, which is most likely what you wouldn’t like to feel in your classes.

  • Breathe, relax, and laugh

There are some ways that I’ve been doing and you can probably also give a try. Music can change your mood easily. Funny TV shows will help you laugh the stress out. Having some incense and candles with nice smells can improve your mood, too. Some good food and nice talk with families and friends is another way to have your stress out. Even playing with Snapchat filters is a funny way to relieve your stress. When it comes to studying, time management is one of the most important things for college students to remember as well.

Here are some thoughts I believe in and I hope you’ll also always remember them – The only pressure I’m under is what I’ve put myself in. Also, stress is directly related to how out-of-control we feel. So it’s not telling you to give up, but for you to work harder and get more control of your studying and working. Do what you can, with what you have at where you are. You’ve come to this far, not only to come this far.


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