Stress Management: Coping Strategies for Busy Students

Being a student can be stressful. Between classes, extracurricular activities, and social obligations, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Here are three coping strategies that you can use to manage stress and improve your well-being.

Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a technique that involves paying attention to the present moment without judgment or distraction. By practicing mindfulness, you can reduce stress, improve your mood, and increase your awareness. Some ways you can practice mindfulness are through meditation, deep breathing, and body scanning exercises. You can also incorporate mindfulness into your daily activities such as walking. By focusing on your senses without judgment, you can cultivate a sense of calm and clarity.

Set Realistic Goals

Setting realistic goals can help you reduce stress by allowing you to prioritize your tasks. Instead of seeing your tasks as one large project, break down your task into manageable steps. For example, if you have a paper due in two weeks, you can create multiple goals such as researching the topic, outlining the paper, writing a draft, and revising. By setting smaller and more realistic goals, you can feel more motivated and confident to start unpleasant tasks. 

Connect with Others

It can be difficult to maintain relationships when life gets busy. However, emotional support can help us deal with life’s most stressful and difficult moments. Having strong social support can also help boost your self-esteem and autonomy. It is important to continue to prioritize your relationships even when life gets more stressful. Consider scheduling time to spend with loved ones and joining clubs/organizations to meet new people that share similar values/interests. 

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