Whether you’re a new freshman just learning the ropes, a sophomore with sights set on choosing a major and buckling down, or an upperclassmen moving full-steam ahead, when it’s time to get into serious study mode, stress is always close behind. Here are some simple ways to manage stress and keep yourself on track.
Get Some Exercise
You’ve probably heard this a thousand times before, but exercise can be a great way to reduce stress when you’ve got a lot going on. If you’re very busy, you can take the time to work out and still feel like you’ve made a productive use of your time. Head to the gym to take an exercise class, go for a run, swim laps, or do whatever you like to do to stay active. Yoga is also a great option because it combines exercise with meditation, which also is an excellent way to help relieve stress. When your body feels good, your mind also feels good, and the extra endorphins will help you tackle the stress and keep everything in perspective.
Listen to Music
Everyone has that favorite song or playlist that makes everything feel better on a particularly stressful day. Studies have even found that in addition to relaxing your body and your mind, the right music can actually help lower blood pressure. Some students like to listen to music while they study and others need complete silence to concentrate. Whatever you prefer, listening to soothing music can help you feel more peaceful. Take a break from doing work for a few minutes, close your eyes and listen to your favorite song. It’s a short rest that can be taken anywhere and can really help you feel rejuvenated very quickly.
Get Enough Sleep
Making sure you get enough sleep is one of the most important ways to stay productive during stressful periods in college. Even when you have three exams in one day or a very important paper looming on the horizon, getting a good nights sleep will help you stay calm and focused. As humans, we work best when we’re well-rested. Staying up all night to cram for an exam may seem like a good idea at the time, but you will actually retain more information and perform better if you work roughly 8 hours of sleep a night into your study schedule.