College is a stressful time in your life; you’re rarely free. If you are, you’re probably anxious about forgetting an assignment!
Isn’t it shocking to think about how you were able to juggle eight hours of school, homework and still manage to take part in a sport, whereas now you can barely juggle four classes a day, feeling so overwhelmed with deadlines you feel like you’re losing your mind! It sometimes even feels like time’s running away from you.
It’s always important to know that you can talk to a mental health professional about your stress and how you should be dealing with it. To help you cope, here are five stress-relieving activities to try out.
1 Stay On Top Of Everything
It might sound crazy trying to figure out everything on your own for the first time; no parents or teachers to help guide you. First, find a place that’s going to be your functional workspace, it might not be somewhere you’d prefer, like your room, but a coffee shop or the library are great places to get work done!
A calendar is an easy way to help you stay organized. Find a planner that works for you and schedule assignments and test days as soon as you know about them. Organizing your time leaves you stress-free when it does come to crunch time; you’ll have less work to cram and be calm before submitting your assignments.
2 Get Enough Sleep
Your mind needs the rest to help you be productive and absorb information while studying! Sleep is a helpful stress reliever because you can forget about all the pressing matters for a few moments.
Make sure to get all the sleep you need; that’s eight hours a night, and naps as you need them. It might be challenging to get the rest, especially if you’re throwing a work schedule into the mix. If you don’t, your academics will take a massive nosedive and add to the already stressful calendar you have!
The competitive world of social media can make you feel like you’re not doing enough in this rat race. While social media is an excellent platform for us to get our updates on news and assignments and has been the primary source of communication throughout the pandemic, a break could greatly benefit you.
Not only does it boost your self-confidence, but it also allows you more time to focus on your work during the day. So go unplugged; it doesn’t have to be forever, just for a few hours a day to help keep you on track!
Music has become an integral part of our lives; it’s in everything we do, and with TikTok taking over, it’s easy to get a tune stuck in your head. It’s not a bad thing either; it helps you unwind and can even help you focus when you’re at work!
So the next time your favorite song comes on, turn it up and dance it out! Relieve all the tension you’re holding in your body; it’s going to help you focus later on.
5 Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Progressive muscle relaxation exercises focus on releasing tension from the muscles, doing it in groups. It also focuses on breathing and then moves onto the muscles from head to toe!
You can practice progressive muscle relaxation when you’re stressed out, and you can release the tension within seconds! It helps get better sleep and stay focused during tests!
Dr Saadiqah Hajat