We know that students are stressed out these days. Since 2013, studies find that student stress often exceeds that of adults – and we understand. Homework, assignments, papers, tests, college or grad school prep, plus real-life sources of stress like work and finances. That’s a lot for anyone to shoulder.
Small amounts of stress can actually be a good thing; stress means you care about the outcome, which can push you to perform at your best. But too much stress can actually hurt your ability to study and perform. It can also lead to anxiety, and even depression. Learning how to manage your stress levels is key not just to successful studying, but also to just being happy in life.
Getting enough sleep, exercising, eating right – all of these things can help mitigate stress and keep you balanced physically and mentally.
We know, this can be tough when you’re trying to get everything you need to get done every day. Instead of making a healthy dinner, you order pizza so you don’t have to stop working on an assignment. You have a test the next day, so you stay up late to study. You barely have enough time each day to attend class, do your homework, and study, so exercise falls to the wayside.
But all of this can lead to not feeling well physically, which can lead to not feeling well mentally and emotionally – and when you pile stress on top of not feeling well, it’s a recipe for even more stress until it turns into a never-ending cycle.
An easy place to start is exercise. It doesn’t have to be “traditional” exercise – you don’t need to go lift weights or take an aerobics class (though both of those are great if you enjoy them!). Take a walk, play a basketball game – even dancing – anything that gets you moving counts as exercising. Try and get at least 20 minutes of some kind of exercise in each day. Not only is exercise itself good to relieve stress, it can also help you to fall asleep easier at night.
When you’re ready to kick it up a notch, start cooking some of your meals. Invest in a slow cooker or crockpot: not only is slow cooking quick and easy (so you don’t have to worry about losing hours of time in meal preparation), you’ll have leftovers, which means multiple meals that can be quickly warmed up. Slow cooking can actually save you money as well!
Coffee and students go together like chocolate and peanut butter, right? Students are consuming vast amounts of caffeine – in coffee, tea, sodas, and the so-called “energy drinks,” which are really nothing more than mega-doses of caffeine—too much caffeine, in fact. Many of these energy drinks are downright dangerous, causing everything from increased heart rate, higher blood pressure, headaches, and even arrhythmia and cardiac arrest.
We’re not saying give it up entirely; we enjoy our daily cups of coffee, too! But stick to coffee, tea, and soda, and to make sure you can get enough sleep, ease up on the caffeine at least 4 hours before your planned bedtime.
Planning out your day and week, as well as future months, can go a long way towards helping you get control over your to-do list, helping you to meet your deadlines and stay on track, and keep you from getting overwhelmed by all you need to get done.
There are numerous different planning systems out there. We’re in love with bullet journaling right now. We’ve found it to be endlessly flexible, which means you can adapt and change it to meet your own needs. It might seem strange at first, going back to pen and paper in these days of online/digital calendars, but if you’re still struggling with time management and getting everything done despite all the online calendars and organizational apps out there, we strongly suggest giving it a try.
You can go all-out and buy a specific bullet-style journal, or you can use ANY notebook/journal you prefer (graph style, lined, even unlined). Dress it up with stickers and washi tape, use colored pens – or not. Do whatever works for you!
Sometimes, you’re stressed because no matter how carefully you planned, you’re just overbooked and overworked. When that’s the case, NerdPRO Writing can help! We have experience with all types of homework and coursework, everything from short assignments to theses and dissertations. Get in touch today, and let us help you get back on track.