Ideally, we would all be able to jump into a relaxing bubble bath or embark on a week-long beach vacation whenever the term gets stressful. As great as that would be, we suggest trying out these helpful—and much more practical—strategies instead.
1. Don’t rehash a stressful situation over and over again.
How many times do you tell yourself something like, “I’m never going to pull a last minute all-nighter again,” only to find yourself in the same spot just a few weeks later? Break the cycle the next time you find yourself in one of these stressful situations. You’re in control!
2. Avoid defaulting to “worst-case-scenario” thinking.
Stressing over something that hasn’t even happened seems kind of pointless, doesn’t it? As silly as it sounds, many people have a funny way of focusing on negative potential outcomes for every situation—like bombing an upcoming presentation that you totally still have time to prepare for. Put those thoughts to rest!
3. Stop procrastinating as much as possible.
Procrastination is the worst. One minute you’re sitting down to finish your assignment, and the next thing you know you’re Snapchatting friends, doing laundry, feeding your cat, and counting the tiles on the floor. It’s a hard habit to kick, but combating procrastination will save you stress in the long run.
4. Make time to decompress.
We know what you’re probably thinking—how can you make time to decompress when the reason you’re stressed in the first place is your busy schedule? Listen, we’re not saying you have to take a whole day out of your week to decompress (although if you have the time, you should totally go for it!). Just make sure you set aside a little bit of time each day—even if it’s just getting lost in a book for 20 minutes before bed.
5. Take some time off of social media.
What do you do whenever you have a free moment? Probably something along the lines of grabbing your phone and scrolling through Instagram. It’s basically an instinct! Sometimes you just need to unplug for a bit in order to be in the moment and unwind. The phone can wait!
6. Make sleep more of a priority.
Sleep gets put on the back burner more often than it should. You can still have those fun nights out with your friends and those late night Netflix binge-watching sessions, but just be mindful not to do it all the time. If you know you’ve got an early class, it won’t hurt you to call it a night on the earlier side!
7. Find new ways to get organized.
Staying organized doesn’t just mean keeping your space tidy. Although organizing your room will help, you can also organize your notes for easier studying or get the right organizational tools to help keep you on track. Long story short: more organization= less stress.