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How to Reduce Stress in Your Life

by South University
January 22, 2014

Juggling work, a busy personal life and your college courses can be a lot to handle. Between pressure to ace your tests, financial obligations, daily work requirements and family needs, you might feel pulled in many directions. These tips may be able to help you feel a little more relaxed.


Set aside time for being social—and for relaxing. There’s no need to always keep your nose to the grindstone! Devote at least one night a week to being with family, going on a date, catching up with friends, or perhaps watching your favorite movie. You’ll be happier, and it’ll be easier to focus when you return to your studies.

Add study time to your calendar. On the other hand, if you’re always busy with family and social obligations, be sure to pencil in time for studying. Try to find a nice park or a quiet corner at the library where you can focus. You’ll accomplish more this way and be able to give your full attention to your family when you’re home.

If scheduling alone time is out of the question, your family or friends could help you study. Maybe your significant other can quiz you before a test. Alternatively, you could ask each of your kids to take on an extra chore so that you have more time to study.

Accept that not everything will go as planned. A long day at work, a car that won't start, or a child having a temper tantrum -- there’s no real way to avoid these situations, but you can take few preventive steps to reduce your overall stress level and face these occasions with more composure.

Get a full night’s sleep. Aim for at least six to eight hours nightly and plan a schedule that allows you to do just that. You’ll be surprised how much clearer your mind is and how well you function when you get enough sleep.

Eat right. With all that’s going on, you may find yourself skipping meals or grabbing something quick and unhealthy. Do yourself a favor and avoid excess caffeine and sugar, and instead stick to healthy and fresh foods that give you the energy you need.

Exercise. Kickboxing or running, biking or lifting weights, yoga or Pilates—whatever your workout of choice, exercise can help you to reduce your stress. Exercise at least three to four days a week for optimal mental and physical fitness.

The next time you feel stressed, take a deep breath and remind yourself that you can do this! Imagine what you’re working toward in your life. Never stress about being stressed; this will only compound the problem. Instead, it’s important to have strategies in place to avoid stress where possible and to keep calm, despite how much you have going on. Learning how to manage your stress will serve you well, even long after you complete your studies.

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