How to Deal with Stress

With final exams coming up, I know everyone is stressed, tired, and frustrated. So, here are some easy ways for you to deal with stress so that you can nail your exams and breeze your way into summer. 

1. Work out

When you’re stressed, your body releases adrenaline and cortisol hormones, otherwise known as “fight or flight” hormones. Working out is a way to balance those hormones and bring your body back to a calm and relaxed state. You can even work out and study at the same time!

2. Sleep

Making sure that you have a good night’s sleep can affect how stressed you are the next day. Although stress can be a reason many of us don’t get a complete night’s sleep, it’s important that we’re making an effort. If you are having trouble sleeping, try creating a relaxing atmosphere by reducing distractions before bed and taking a warm bath.

3. Talk it out

Although it may sound silly, talking about the stress and what has been going on with someone else can relieve a lot of built up tension and stress. It might even be helpful to see an on-campus counselor/therapist. 

4. Manage your time

This is an important step when dealing with stress. Sit down with your agenda/calendar and write down everything you need to do in the next coming weeks. Then plan out when you will start working on things or studying. Don’t try to just remember what you need to do because stress makes your forgetful. 

5. Learn to say no

If you’re already overwhelmed and stressed out, don’t take on more than you can handle. It’s okay to say no if it means taking care of yourself. 

You've got this!