College Tip: Dealing With Stress

Hello to all!  It’s Jordyn here sharing with you today about the infamous college stress.

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I know this topic hits home for myself and many other college students right now.  High school can be stressful, but I found the true meaning of stress when I started my college career.  Being a full-time student is similar to that of having a full time job.  Plenty of college students have a part-time job as well as extracurricular activities to add to their schedule and when all of these combine– BOOM. STRESS.

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Stress is inevitable to escape in college, but there are certainly methods of dealing with it and I want to list some of these ways.

  1. Sleep.  Sleep is so important for college students.  For some instances,  staying up late and pulling all-nighters may be necessary, however, this isn’t healthy.  Adults need seven to eight hours of sleep a night to function at their best.  My advice is to plan ahead.  If you know there is a campus event later on in the week but you have an assignment due the next day, try to get your work done before the event so you won’t have to stay up all night to get it finished!  Your best work will not be done at 4 a.m.
  2. Exercise.  Exercise is proven to help reduce stress!  You may think you have no time to get some exercise done (I’ll admit–this was me this semester) but it will greatly help reduce your stress, help you sleep better, and overall feel better!  Exercising increases our feel-good endorphins in our brain and is a great way to physically meditate and to forget about your stressful day.
  3. God.  Although I’m a huge fan of getting enough sleep and a little less of a fan of exercising, I’ve found meditating with God is the best form of my stress relief.  Most of us have been in that awful, stressful situation where we feel hopeless.  Hopefully, during a situation like this you have stopped yourself, sat down, and prayed to God in the midst of this stressful moment.  Talking to God is the best peace I have ever received.  Reading the Word of God is the best source of encouragement you can get to be reminded God is the master of your life and he’s in total control.

hands-and-peaceAlthough getting enough sleep, exercising, or whatever other stress relief method you use may work and benefit you, no peace will completely fill your heart and mind like peace from God.  This peace is everlasting and will always be with you.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:27

Jordyn

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