College is a confusing phase of life. You’re having the time of your life, but you’re also being pushed to the absolute edge of your limits. How does one manage everything without having an absolute meltdown? (Short answer: You don’t). You will have several breakdowns over the course of your college career – but it’s all part of the experience. This week, I am sharing my top 5 tips to manage stress and anxiety in college.
It’s just as important as everyone tells you. The reality is, you’re probably not going to get 8 hours of sleep, like, ever. If you want to have any fun and pass your classes, that is. So capitalize on nap time. My roommates and I literally have loosely scheduled naps during our days. For example, I find myself going out on Tuesday night’s sometime and working at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. When I get off around 4, I take a quick 40 minute nap before heading to the gym and knocking out my to-do list. Don’t feel guilty for napping. It’s part of the college experience.
To-Do Lists & Agendas
They’re essential. In college, you have about 40 responsibilities per 1 commitment and about 25 different commitments. Your schedule is constantly overloaded. Half the time, I wake up at 7am and don’t get to bed until 2am because I have so much to do. Having an agenda and a daily to-do list keeps me sane and on top of my shit.
It’s not cliche. It’s important. Whether you splurge on some Halo Top, take an hour to take a bath and paint your nails, or just sleep in one morning, be sure to take care of yourself. Especially when you’re overwhelmed. There will come a point when you have so much to do you don’t even know where to begin so you’ll just have a breakdown instead. (I know, super productive). Take care of yourself and the world won’t seem so bad.
People Need People.
You’re strong and you know it. But asking for help or a shoulder to lean on doesn’t make you weak. People need people – that’s literally bred into our beings. Spend time with your friends, your boyfriend, your girlfriend, your family, classmates, etc. Something that helps me is meeting new people. So get out of your house and change up your daily routine! Try out a new coffee shop, join a club sport, or go into the section of the library where you can talk.
Find Your Outlet.
Everyone is addicted to something that makes them feel better. (A friend told me that once and it never left me). Try to make your addiction a healthy one. Whether it’s sipping coffee on your front step in the morning, running, blasting aggressive rap music…whatever it may be, find your outlet and rely on it.