How to Reduce College Stress | Managing Stress During College

Change of environment, juggling subjects with other workload, coping with deadlines, family expectations, over-commitment, expenses, etc. are common issues that often put pressure on college students. It goes without saying that attending college is in itself inherently stressful.

Stress becomes a problem when it is severe stress. Commonly described a chronic stress, it is stress that is prolonged and unrelieved. It is often a consequence of the person not dealing with small stressors that overtime become bigger or combine with other stressors to snowball into something that is uncontrollable.

Good stress is often quantified. By this, I mean the person undergoing the stress has a good idea of the things that will be involved in the stress. They have some control over it. They also know that the stress will last for a finite length of time and has a specific end date.

Family, wonderful though each member may be, is also a leading cause of stress. Arguments erupt with a spouse or other family member. Parents divorce. Children marry. The ebb and flow of family life is filled with stress. A child moves out - an aging parent moves in.

The first thing is acknowledge exactly that - stress is unavoidable. Trying NOT to be stressed will - guess what - stress you out! Accept that stress is your reaction to something, not the thing itself (e.g. workload). That's why some of us rarely suffer, and some are flapping their arms around in a panic at the same kind of burden.

Realize that other people can only speak from their experiences and when they bully it reflects them and not you. If someone is having a bad day they often will pass that anger and frustration on to others. Donèt take it personally.

Indirect woes related to students' families and the economy also had a pronounced effect on new students. Paternal unemployment was cited as a serious concern of nearly 5 percent of students surveyed, while 8.6 percent of students reported that maternal unemployment was a significant concern.

Get enough rest and sleep. Being tired all the time and lacking sleep are stress triggers. What's worse is that when you haven't rested or slept enough, your body is weak so it is further more susceptible to succumbing to the pressures of stress.

Therefore, if you are in a stressful situation, set aside time to identify what exactly is stressing you. For example, if you "feel stressed" or anxious or on edge every time you go to a certain place or deal with particular people pinpoint exactly what rubs you the wrong way about those people or that particular place.

Trying to deal with too many stressful situations at the same time, to deal with strong continuing stress over too long a period, or with a stress that is overwhelming in its severity can lead to depression, panic attacks and a whole host of physical problems.