Student Behavioral Health: 5 Stress Management Tips for College Student
Updated: Jul 30
Classes, job and internship searches, sports, activities, friends -- commitments can really pile up in college. While you want to excel and balance it all, you might be struggling with stress instead. Here are some tips to help you manage this while maintaining your mental and behavioral health in college.
Sometimes stress management starts with basic organization. If you’re struggling to keep track of assignments and due dates, your stress levels might be higher than they need to be. Take some time to organize your class materials, planner, and projects. Putting your items in order will help you stay efficient, get work done on time, and manage your grades. The rest of your responsibilities will feel smoother as a result.
A small amount of stress can become overwhelming without an outlet. Even with your busy school schedule, hobbies and self care are key to your behavioral health. Try to find a few hours per week to get some exercise, paint, take a walk, or journal. Activities, like listening to music or going to a museum, can also help you get your mind off of school. Asking a friend to do these activities with you can be helpful and give you a chance to talk through your stress.
It can be tempting to pull an all-nighter before an exam. However, missing out on sleep can make you even more stressed. Studies show that a lack of sleep can drain your energy, hinder concentration, and put you in an overall bad mood -- all of which are the opposite of what you want before a big final. While it can be tricky, try your best to get eight hours of sleep per night.
Since feeling stressed can make sleep difficult, stick to a nighttime routine to unwind. Staying off electronics, reading a book, journaling, and listening to soothing music are just some of the ways to calm down at the end of the day.
Remember that you don’t need to manage school stress on your own. Your school psychologist and counselors are available to talk through your stress with you. During these individual counseling appointments, the mental health professional will help you identify your stressors and recommend ways to manage them. You might find that the simple act of talking to someone eases your stress instantly.
Many college students are having a similar college experience, as they struggle to balance all of their responsibilities. You might consider signing up for group counseling sessions with other students. There are plenty of advantages of group counseling for college students. Through anxiety group counseling, for example, you can share in your experience without judgement and foster empathy with others. A mental health professional will guide the discussion, offering exercises to work through stressful feelings. You can also learn stress management tools that you may not have thought of on your own. School stress and anxiety might not seem as daunting when you have other people to help you cope.
While stress is a normal part of college, it doesn’t have to take over your life. The team at The Collective is proud to offer individual and group counseling for students. If you or a friend is interested in counseling for stress management, be sure to contact the Denver mental health services center today.
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