Hey guys! It’s Jowan again.
So, as our semester winds down to the final five weeks, we can all collectively agree that this point in the semester is always very stressful. With the pressure of midterms, bills, and other factors – life as a college student can indeed be stressful at times.
However, no matter what your disposition, you should always remember that you are here for a reason. As a college student, it is imperative that we learn to pull up life’s bootstraps and lead the day with positivity. Think about it – If you’re having the worst week of your life, but each person you come into contact with receives a smile from you – your life can become that much better. We have to learn how not to wallow in our irritation and stressors and live the best way you can. For myself, financial stability has existed as an issue since I’ve enrolled. According to results from the National College Health Assessment, finances were ranked as being the second largest stressor amongst students. I have learned that it is important to just keep calm and learn about the resources that exist around you. Things such as financial aid, scholarships, and personal loans – all things that can help you better navigate through college without worrying so much about money.
Here are a few tips to reduce stress levels during classes. I’ve used some of these methods for some of my more stressful Communication Studies courses – I think you will appreciate them!
Disclaimer: This list includes chocolate.
1. Meditation. Although this may be a foreign concept to some, it really helps when you feel you have a lot on your mind. Take about 10-15 minutes a day and sit in silence. Close your eyes, maybe even start by reading a calming book. I promise you – it really works!
2. Fitness. A complete opposite from the stillness that is meditation, but for some people, running on a treadmill might seem a little more relaxing than sitting pretzel-style with your eyes closed. Work out daily to get the adrenaline pumping, then cool down with a nice healthy meal after.
3. Talk about it. Sometimes, the best way for me to deal with my issues is to share them with those who want to listen. It only takes a second to talk to a close friend or family member about what is bothering you. They may not have all the answers, but they can surely provide support.
4. Write about it. Take about 30 minutes out of your day, maybe even right before you head to bed and write out all of your worries. It’s good to get those out of your mind before you head to bed. A restless mind is a useless mind!
5. Eat. Chocolate. Chocolate produces tiny little neurotransmitters in the brain called endorphins – otherwise known as happy sensors. Chocolate literally makes you happy. Try it! Personal favorite: Lindt’s
If you are interested in more tips about how to reduce stress, check out these two links below!
HanNa, L., Heckman, S. J., Letkiewicz, J. C., & Montalto, C. P. (2015). Financial Stress, Self-Efficacy, and Financial Help-Seeking Behaviors of College Students. Journal Of Financial Counseling & Planning, 25, 148-160.