As a recent graduate from a master’s program in counseling psychology, I know firsthand that being a student can increase stress due to anything from worrying about grades, to juggling a heavy workload, to trying to meet deadlines, to trying to figure out how to pay for school. I’ve experienced all of these things, and I know that stress in any form can impact productivity, health, and overall wellbeing.
CollegeDegreeSearch.net has asked me to share an infographic on stress in students, which has a lot of information on things that contribute to student stress and ways to combat student stress. They’re not compensating me for this post; I just thought that the info might be useful. I also wanted to comment on a few of the facts and ideas presented, so I’ll do that now:
Get Enough Sleep to Help Manage Stress
This infographic mentions the importance of getting enough sleep. Though adults should get an average of 8 hours of sleep a night, a quarter of students are sleep deprived. While the infographic doesn’t mention it, a lack of sleep also builds up a sleep debt. You can learn more about what that is and how to pay that back here. To reduce stress and help you fall asleep, one thing you may want to try is taking baths. You can find out more about how baths can help in relaxation, stress relief, and getting more sleep here.
Even if you fall asleep easily, if you can’t stay asleep, your grade point average can suffer. This could be due to the fact that a lack of sleep reduces your concentration. In addition to getting tired, getting less than 6 hours of sleep can lead students to feeling more sad and stressed. Check out these 10 sleep hygiene practices to help you sleep better.
Reduce Stress Through Exercise
One suggestion the infographic makes for reducing stress is to exercise. Some individuals get stressed trying to figure out how to fit exercise into their schedule, and I know even as someone who enjoys working out it is easy for me to let exercise slide during times of stress. However, when I do make time to exercise, I always feel better. The infographic points out that even walking for 30 minutes while listening to music counts. I did this a few times recently and it was a great workout. You can check out more ways to motivate yourself to walk or run here. There are also many Beachbody home workouts, some of which only require 30 minutes such as Insanity: Max 30 and P90X3. Still too much time? How about 10 Minute Trainer? Everyone’s got time for that.
Eat Healthy Food When Stressed
Although eating healthy is important all the time, this infographic also mentions the importance of eating something balanced and healthy when dealing with stress. It’s really tempting to grab unhealthy foods, especially as a college student, because they’re often cheap and take little to no time to prepare. What if you had a healthier alternative? Shakeology is a great grab-and-go option which, unlike fast food, contains superfood ingredients with nutrients, vitamins, proteins, and minerals. The cost is about $4 per shake, which is less than many fast food meals or coffee-shop lattes high on sugar and low on nutrients. If you are interested in working out and trying Shakeology, Challenge Packs offer you a way to save on both. This tool can help you select a Challenge Pack that’s right for you, or you can contact me for assistance and with any questions you might have.
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