School brings on a whole new set of responsibilities. This can be stressful especially when you don’t know how to manage everything you have to do. If you’ve been having school-related stress and anxiety then read these 15 tips on how to help reduce it, and have some fun!
1. Get Enough Sleep
Getting enough sleep is one of the most important things on this list! Not getting enough sleep causes a whole whirlwind of problems in itself, and it will definitely have a negative impact on your school life and cause more stress.
Not sleeping enough will cause anxiety, stress, and even may lead to depression so it’s really important to stay on top of it. We know it can be hard to get the amount you need with the balance of work and social life, but all the other times on this list will help you learn to manage so that you can get the proper amount.
2. Stay Active
Staying active is a good way to learn to manage stress throughout your entire life so why not start to make it a habit now? Even if you go outside and take a walk for 15 minutes it can help you clear your mind and focus on something else rather than the stress and anxiety of school.
It’s also a great way to hang out with friends but still do something productive. Also exercising is just good for you! It’ll help you feel like you accomplished something in the day and it’ll give you the energy boost you need to conquer the day!
3. Have A Schedule
Having a routine can be a crucial part of succeeding. We know that things pop up and schedules can’t always be consistent so we recommend taking 5 minutes every night before you go to bed to make a schedule for the following morning.
Doing this will help you wake up with the intention to get things done. Also, it’s helpful to see what needs to get done and to not get sidetracked.
4. Keep Your Planner Up To Date
Having a planner is so important! It gives you a visual of what needs to be done especially for school. Your teacher says there’s a due date for something in class? Open up your planner and write it down. Doing this will help you stay on top of things so you don’t procrastinate. It’ll really help manage the stress of school work.
5. Have A Calendar
A schedule, a planner, and a calendar all go hand in hand. Basically, the message here is to stay organized! Life gets overwhelming in all aspects so visualizing the things you need to get done on a daily basis can help you from feeling anxiety and stress.
Planning out important dates of the month in your calendar can help you prepare for them which in turn makes you less stressed. You’ll never miss a due date or birthday again!
6. Maintain A Healthy Diet
We know that eating healthy can get expensive, and that’s not always in a college student’s budget but there are ways to eat a balanced diet without breaking the bank. Try eating what you’d normally eat but swap some ingredients out for a healthier alternative.
When going out to eat with friends try getting a healthier option, or when you go to your favorite fast food place get a healthier alternative. It’s okay to enjoy yourself and splurge here and there but remember how a balanced diet can affect how you feel inside too.
7. Manage Your Finances
During college especially it’s important to manage your finances. Write down all the bills you have to pay for the month and subtract from the money you’ll have and then find out what you have extra and don’t spend over.
That is some of the most important advice you can take with you for the rest of your life is how to be financially smart. Even if you do have extra money at the end of the month that doesn’t mean you have to spend it all! Put it away in a savings account and set it aside for more important things.
8. Engage In Your Hobbies
In order to keep yourself sane, it’s important to stay true to yourself and continue to do the things that you love. College is a stressful time all around and if you don’t get out and enjoy life a little then you’ll definitely wind up stressed and you’ll be feeling lost.
9. Have A Support System
Having a support system especially if you’ve moved out of state for college is so important. It can be easy to feel lonely and overwhelmed with all this newfound responsibility. It’s important that you have people that you trust in your life that you can confide in.
Not only that but college is a time for self-discovery so put yourself out there, you could meet some of the best people in your life. They can help you have so much fun that you won’t have time to feel stressed.
10. Manage Your Time
It is so so so important to learn how to manage your time. It can be easy to get so wrapped up in things especially when you’re stressed and just waste too much time on it. If you do this often you’ll feel yourself slacking off in areas of your life and more stressed trying to fix them.
The best thing you can do is realize when you’ve spent too much time doing something that isn’t benefiting you and move on. Also keeping that schedule, planner, and calendar combo we talked about will be a total lifesaver.
11. Set Realistic Expectations For Yourself
The worst thing you can do for yourself is to have unachievable expectations for yourself. When you do this you are setting yourself up for failure, stress, and anxiety to meet those expectations and when you can’t you’ll be left feeling awful about yourself.
The best thing to do is be honest with yourself. You know what you can do, and you know what you’re capable of. Of course, it’s good to push yourself and has goals, but if you know it’s something that just isn’t attainable it’s best to aim more realistically and save yourself the stress.
12. Don’t Depend On Stimulants
Relying on energy or coffee drinks could be your worst enemy when it comes to reducing anxiety and stress. When you aren’t getting the right amount of sleep and then you wake up in the morning and chug coffee or an energy drink your system is bound to crash within a few hours.
13. Learn To Prioritize
Sometimes you’re going to have to say no to plans with friends because you have an exam the next day, and that’s okay! Prioritizing is all about being honest with yourself and knowing what comes first in your life, and that means letting other people know that too.
Surround yourself with people who understand your goals and what’s important to you, and people who won’t get upset when you have to stay in to study rather than going out. It’ll save you a lot of stress down the road later.
14. Find The Most Efficient Way To Study For You
Different study methods work for everyone. Know yourself and figure out what works best for you to succeed. Get a study body if you work better in a pair, join a group if you like to collaborate, or study all on your own. Just make sure to do what benefits you the most so that you can succeed.
15. Remember To Still Have Fun
You’re young, you’re going through new experiences, and you’re about to have some of the best times of your life. Don’t lose touch with yourself and remember to live life to the fullest. Succeeding in school is important but so is your happiness, so take the time to enjoy your life and experience it to the fullest.
How do you manage stress during the school year? Let us know in the comments below!
Alina is currently a student at the University of Arizona, majoring in Psychology. She has a passion for writing about everything including fashion, design, health, lifestyle, and so much more!