How to Deal with Stress

Being in college, I am constantly surrounded by stress. I have midterms coming up, finals less than a month away, and multiple papers due soon. With that being so, I want to share some tips and advice on how to deal with stress in a manageable and healthy way.

  1. The first way to deal with stress would be rest. Everyone needs to be rested, especially the night before your final or deadline. But don’t get too much rest–that probably doesn’t make sense, right? But I’ve learned this the hard way: getting more rest than what your body is used to will actually make you feel more tired. Sleep your normal amount! If you need to, coffee or caffeinated tea are great substitutes for when you’re in a pinch.
  2. Another important thing to remember is to not eat sugary foods. It’s so easy to want to indulge in eating candy or a chocolate bar, but trust me: it’s better to eat foods that will help your brain work faster. Great brain foods include: blueberries, avocado, salmon, broccoli, kale, and spinach. Easy, healthy items that are super easy to find either around the house or in the nearest grocery store. In the long run, this is one of the easier and smarter choices to make. 
  3. The third and final thing to help relieve stress is to face whatever is causing you stress. For me, that would be my midterm tomorrow and my two to three finals next week. To deal with my stress, I’m studying. By knowing what I’m doing is beneficial to my cause of stress, it helps diminish it quite a bit. If it’s a deadline or writer’s block, write. Write as much as you can and edit it the next day. It’s important to face your stress head-on and get it done. This sounds easy, but it is so much harder than it seems. 

I hope these help you with your stress! These tips really helped me get through finals weeks in the past and I know they’ll get me through the upcoming one. I hope your stress gets diminished after trying these things!