I am a third year student at a university and I think I have experienced more than enough stressful situations to be able to write an article on how to cope.
I highly doubt there is anyone in this world or anyone reading this blog who hasn’t been put in a stressful situation. For example, next week is finals week and I have tons of projects and exams I need to complete before taking my ACTUAL final exams. My stress level has risen 10x in the past 2 weeks. Despite having experience with being put in stressful situations, it never gets easier. And these methods of coping with stress doesn’t only have to apply to college students as myself. These methods are universal ways for EVERYONE to cope and overcome stress!!!!!!!
1.) Talk to your professors/boss/family/friends
One thing that I’ve learned in my almost 21 years, is that communication is key!!!!!! If you really need help, ASK FOR HELP. This is go for anything. If you need extra help or having trouble, go talk to your professor!!!! Don’t wait until the last minute to do so. Do this beginning or mid semester to help prevent last minute stress and to show your professor that you care and that you are trying, so that when it is close to finals week and if you are struggling or having issues, they will be more willing to offer assistance.
2.) Give Yourself Time
This piece of advice kind of reflects a little more on the previously given advice. Although in some case it can be really hard for you to give yourself time and get things done way ahead of time. Try to fight the urge to procrastinate!!!!! Because if you wait to the last minute to do certain things it’s just going to cause a lot of unnecessary and preventable stress. This is ESPECIALLY for college students. Most of us are busy or we are just too lazy to do things before hand and that’s where many college students go wrong. For instance, do not wait until the week before finals to try to get 10 due assignments done. Or in other cases, wait until the last minute to get missing work done. Save yourself some time and stress and just get all of these stuff out of the way before it’s too late or before you lose your mind….. which ever comes first!!!!!
I think I speak for majority of the population when I say “I LOVE SLEEPING”. . I can go on and on about how good sleep is, but the sad part of it is that most of us don’t get enough of it. The ideal amount of sleep you should get a night is between 6-9 hours. Personally, I get about 6-7 hours of sleep each night, this does not include naps. When I was in kindergarten I never wanted to sleep during nap time, but now all I want to do is NAPPPPPP!!!!! Even though it feels good to do it, it’s not really the best thing you can do. So, if possible avoid napping too often.
4.)Fitness and Eating right
Many of us already know that exercising helps reduce stress and depending on what kind of work out you do it can be an outlet of frustration and anger. You don’t even have to do an extensive work out, just 10-30 mins a day or every other day will do the job. Also, reducing your intake of junk and fatty foods will help out a lot. If you don’t know where to start off you can click here and it will take you to the Health and Fitness category of Pinterest, and give you some ideas of what foods you can eat and what exercises you can perform to help reduce or prevent stress.
5.) Keep Going and Work Hard
If all else fails and you still feel overwhelmed and stressed, just push through it and don’t give up. I know it’s easy to want to give up when you are going through a stressful time, but remember the end results will be worth it. We all have the ability to overcome our stress!!!!! And if you see someone who is experiencing a hard time or stress, offer some help or just listen to them. This could be your good deed!!!!
Please remember that I am not an expert, these just simply just tips and preventative measures that have worked for me. I hope this helped and I hope you can help someone!!!! If you have any questions feel free to comment below ❤