Things to help cope with stress

With the new school year underway, if you're like me, then the stress is already so real. There's no way to completely avoid stress while in college, but you don't have to let it control your life. Here are my top 4 tips to help you cope with the intense college lifestyle!

1. Set a schedule and stick to it!

This was a crucial step for me. I have a puppy, and she also has a set schedule. If I didn't keep the two of us on a regular schedule it would ruin our lives. Obviously not every day is going to be the same, and you can't control that. What you can control is what time you wake up in the morning, when you eat, and when you go to bed. If you set these unbreakable perimeters, you'll be surprised how your day to day tasks fit in with that.

2. You have to use an agenda

Don't come at me with the "I have a great memory" stuff because it's impossible to remember everything all the time. I used to be the same way. I have an excellent memory when it comes to dates and places. I still currently have three agendas. One is strictly used to schedule out my week, one is a day to day planner, and the other is a bullet journal that I log important info that doesn't fit into my other agendas. Now, you don't have to be as compulsive as me, but having some form of a planner where you can keep up with all the things you have to do will completely change your life, and you won't ever have to worry if you're forgetting something again.

3. Pack a lunch box

I don't know why, but finding time, money, and actual food seem to be the hardest parts of my day. I get it, no one wants to be the kid walking around campus with a lunch box,but you should've learned this by now, no one cares what you're doing. You will be surprised by how much stress just packing a few snacks will alleviate from your life. You'll also be an a better mood because no one likes a hangry person.

4. Pick one day a week where you have the least amount of contact possible

I know this sounds kind of confusing, but trust me. On Sundays I spend the day preparing for the upcoming week, playing with my puppy, and just relaxing. I don't do any work, that includes homework. Your day doesn't have to be Sunday, it can be whatever day you want it to be, but that just happens to be the day that works best for me.