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5 Ways to Manage Student Stress

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Life as a student can be incredibly rewarding. You gain new knowledge, friendships, and valuable life skills from engaging in extracurricular activities. But learning can feel like a pressure cooker sometimes.

A study by the APA says over 70% of students get super stressed, with stress levels similar to that of adults. Juggling classes, homework, social life, the pressure of college applications, or maths tutoring for extra income can be overwhelming.

Not only can these lead to stress, affecting your health and well-being, it can also lead to poor grades. With over 60% of students at risk of dropping out due to depression and anxiety associated with schoolwork, students must find effective ways to destress. Here are five tips to help manage your stress levels and optimize learning.

1. Create a balanced schedule

Feeling like you’re constantly behind? Poor time management is one of the main causes of student stress. With deadlines, exams, and social obligations, it’s easy to feel pulled in a million directions. Research says organizing your time is key to chilling out. 

Creating a balanced schedule can help. Use a planner or digital calendar to meet up with the demands of your ever-growing to-do list. Prioritize your tasks according to what’s urgent and important. Handle these tasks first, and don’t forget to include breaks to recharge. 

2. Practise mindfulness and relaxation techniques

Mindfulness and relaxation techniques, such as meditation and deep breathing exercises, have been proven to reduce stress. Focusing on the present without reacting to circumstances creates a level of awareness and acceptance that lowers stress and improves concentration. 

Techniques like progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) are great for releasing stress within seconds. They involve tensing the muscles in your body and then relaxing them. 

3. Get some exercise

Exercise isn’t just about looking fit or buff. Studies show that getting your sweat on for at least 30 minutes to an hour most days a week can significantly reduce stress. Physical activity increases the production of endorphins, the brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, and helps you think sharper. You could jog around the block, take a brisk walk, do yoga, or register for a full gym workout. 

4. Eat a healthy diet and get enough sleep

Ever feel like you can’t function when you’re sleep-deprived? Science says you’re not wrong. Your body and brain need proper fuel to function effectively. Not getting enough shut-eye and poor nutrition contribute to stress and anxiety.

To create a routine, try going to bed and waking up around the same time each day. It helps you sleep better. Also, avoid late-night chats and ditch your phone before bed because the blue light interferes with your sleep cycle. Eat meals that contain lots of fruits and vegetables.

5. Build a social support network

Another way you can manage your stress levels is to share your feelings about your stressors. Squad up against stress by talking to friends and family. Also, sharing your feelings with a counselor can provide relief and new perspectives. Join student groups or clubs that provide a support network and a break from academic pressures.

Finally, stress is a common part of student life. But it doesn’t have to take over your experience. By following the tips in this article, you can manage stress effectively.




Samantha Green, a psychology graduate from the University of Hertfordshire, has a keen interest in the fields of mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.

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