Stress Management Tips for the beginning of the semester

by Sara Waldron on January 16, 2018

Who doesn’t feel stressed out at certain times?

The demands of college can sometimes feel overwhelming, even at the beginning of the semester. This can be especially true when your schedule is packed with classes, work, social events, and other responsibilities. It is quite common for college students to experience greater levels of stress while trying to balance everything. Many students discover that they can reduce their stress by improving time management and stress management skills as well as finding healthy ways to relax.

How does stress affect me?

Stress is a part of everyday life. Your body has psychological and physical reactions to stress. You might recall hearing the label “fight or flight” response. This reaction takes energy away from other functions of your brain, such as concentrating. Once the threat is gone, your body returns to a normal relaxed state. Not everyone responds the same way to potentially stressful situations. It’s vital to find the specific tools and outlets to help you handle stress during college.

Tips for Stress Management:

    1. Just Breathe. Take a brief moment to take simple and conscientious breaths. One trick is to count backwards until you regain a sense of calmness.
    2. Exercise. Physical activity can help you burn off the energy generated by stress. Try to schedule time to attend a yoga class or daily walks with friends to burn off calories and stress. Join the BSU peer educators for wellness walks on the campus trails. This spring the walks will run from March 14-April 25, 2018 on Wednesdays at 4:30pm. Meet at the Wellness Center front doors.
    3. Get a good night’s sleep. Turn off your computer or TV off at least half an hour before going to bed. The blue light can trigger the brain into thinking that it’s still daylight and increase sleep difficulties. Try to get the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night to feel more relaxed in the morning.
    4. Meditate for 10 minutes a day. Meditation offers many benefits such as reducing stress, building our immune system and promoting healthy hormonal balance. As difficult as it may seem at first, paying attention to each inhale and exhale breathe can help improve your life and with practice it only gets easier. Check out this link for a guide to try meditation: https://www.mindful.org/take-10-minutes-defuse-holiday-stress-mindfulness-practice/
    5. Make time to socialize. Engage in face-to-face interactions with friends and the world. Join a sports club on campus, book club, or take a walk with a friend. Any activity with eye-to-eye interactions engages our right brain which leads to emotion regulation. So the more we interact the better we can manage our emotions. Join the BSU peer educators for Coloring for Calm on Wednesdays 3pm-4pm in Outreach Education Weygand 104.
    6. Stop Procrastinating. Avoiding class assignments or other responsibilities until the last minute can create more mental and physical stress. Procrastination can impact many aspects of your life, such as the quality of your work, sleep, and mood. Try to keep a calendar of your assignments and social events to stay on top of things coming up.

It’s all too easy to feel stressed at the beginning of the semester. Try following some of those tips to reduce your stress this semester and make positive impacts on your health. To learn more about Outreach Education and the BSU Peer Educators, like the BSU Outreach page on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bsuoutreach, and check out our calendar for upcoming events on the Involvement Network at https://bridgew.collegiatelink.net/ and search for the BSU Peer Educators.

 

 

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