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5 Stress Management Tips for Students

Discover five tips to help you manage your stress.

Did you know stressing out about stress is even worse than the actual stress itself?

If you've ever struggled with sleep due to anxiety about not having enough time for everything you need to accomplish, you're not alone. The way we think about stress plays a significant role in how it affects us. Researchers have advised making stress your friend by envisioning how it can help you reach your goals. This entails shifting your focus from the negative and viewing stress as part of the process that leads to achieving your objectives.

When stress hits—whether financial, academic, professional, or personal—there is help to be found. In addition to asking for support and guidance when needed, you can follow the five tips below to approach stress more mindfully in your daily and academic life.

1. Recognize your limits

Recognizing your limits is essential, as is distinguishing between normal stress from a busy schedule and chronic stress that is detrimental to your health. The effects of stress can build up over time and contribute negatively to your mental health. You know yourself best, so when you feel overwhelmed, it’s time to take a break. Remember: it’s OK to ask for help!

2. Know when to say no

Prioritize your tasks in order of importance, and make sure you know when to say no before taking on too much. Recognizing when to say no is a skill that will serve you well throughout school and into your career. Don't be afraid to decline additional responsibilities when your plate is already full. Take time to practice saying no politely, and consider offering alternatives when necessary.

3. Practice Talk-Look-Change

Talk to others, look for the silver lining, and change your negative focus to break the cycle of stress. Talking is a powerful stress-management tool often utilized formally in talk therapy and less formally in a venting sesh with your friends. Sharing your concerns with others allows you to release tension and gain perspective. Another way to do this is through gratitude journaling and meditating on the things you are thankful for in your life.

4. Reset and recharge

Resilience after stress involves knowing how to reset and move forward. Taking time for yourself is essential, even with something as simple as a nap. Recognize activities that help you recharge, and incorporate them into your regular routine.

5. Change bad habits

Identify and replace stress-inducing habits with positive ones. Regular exercise, scheduled relaxation periods, a healthy diet, and organization can contribute to your overall stress reduction. Seemingly small changes—like going outdoors when you feel stressed, or spending more time with people who make you laugh—can have a significant impact on your mental well-being.

Managing stress as student involves having a growth mindset, effective utilization of resources, and proactive habits. By implementing these strategies, you can navigate the challenges of school and extracurricular activities while maintaining a healthy and balanced life.

Learn more about stress management by watching our webinar!