Dealing With College Stress

Some simple tips to make college that little bit easier.

  1. Make sure you're keeping yourself hydrated. You may go the whole day without drinking water and think "Eh I'll survive. I'm still doing good" but overtime that will wear you out. The brain needs water to work. Our body is made up of 80% water, so if we're not drinking that water where else will it get it from? Maybe you could put a bottle of water next to your desk to remind yourself to drink regularly #stayhydrated

  2. Eat well! By that I don't mean always eat a plate of greens, but it is important to nourish your body with healthy food. Have three main meals and snack in between to fuel your body. #Foodfodandmorefood

  3. Give your body the right amount of sleep it needs. Depriving yourself of sleep to study or catch up on work will only add to your stress. Many students assume they can skip sleep and cram in as much work as possible in the last few days. But this is the time where you really need your sleep so you're not overworking yourself. The last thing you want is to fall asleep during an exam because you're so tired. #Ineedsleep

  4. Don't spend all your time studying on the sofa or in your bed. This can stress the muscles and can create tension leading to backache and headaches. Aim to do your work on a proper desk with a good supportive chair.

  5. When you've got an exam to revise for, give yourself plenty of time to start revising. Don't leave things till the night before because realistically we all know that wont work in our favour.

  6. Don't beat yourself down about how much work you get done. Do what you can to the best of your ability. 

  7. Don't! And I mean DON'T, compare yourself to others. Everyone works at different levels and has different things that they're good at. Comparing yourself to them wont make you feel any better.

  8. Don't be afraid to ask for advice. If you're confused about something or unsure of what to do, just ask! Staff at the school are there to help you so make use of them

  9. Have a good balance of work life and social life. Don't spend all your time 'socialising' but at the same time don't lock yourself away and study every second of everyday. It's important to get a good mix of both.

  10. Keep yourself away from negative people. The last thing you need on top of a stressful two years is negative people who don't believe in you and always just point out the worst. 

  11. Go over your notes! Whatever you have learnt during the day in your lessons, go home and read over them. Rewrite them in a summarised version if you can. Highlight keywords or sentences and maybe even draw little images if that helps you learn. This will help you to remember the information better. 

  12. If you find yourself forgetting to complete tasks, maybe make a checklist on your phone or on a paper and stick it up somewhere where you'll see it often (eg. on the wall next to your desk). This should help you be able to tick off all the tasks by the end of the day. 

  13. Plan your day the night before. It may seem like a silly thing to do but have a brief idea of things you would like to get done the next day. Trust me, it helps a lot.

  14. Make time for you. Be sure you set aside some time for yourself to relax and destress. Whether it’s doing some exercise, spending time with friends, watching your favourite television shows – be good to yourself.

  15. Don't feel too pressured into making a decision about a course to study at university or life after college. It may seem like everyone else knows what they’re doing with their lives but honestly, they don’t. Everyone is on the same boat as you. College is the time for you to  discover who you are, what you really enjoy doing, where your strengths lie etc. It’s not a race so take your time and enjoy exploring all your options.
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Dealing With College Stress