The Key to Stress Reduction


Stress can have extensive effects on your body. By practicing coping strategies, an individual is better able to deal with life’s obstacles. Photo by DeathByBokeh

  Exam. Paper. Final.

  When an experienced college student hears these words the reaction is usually followed by a physical response of fear, anxiety, stress and an overall tightening of the chest. According to an article from the BBC News, those frequently exposed to trying situations are more like to suffer from memory loss, show aggression to peers or be at risk for heart issues. However, college students don’t have to fall victim to life’s onrush. Research suggests that practicing a number of coping strategies will decrease the effects of stress and anxiety. Furthermore, individuals who consistently practice these strategies are better able to deal with mishaps throughout their entire lives.

Here are a few coping strategies I came upon:

1. Start a Journal


Starting a journal can keep your stress under control. Keep a log of daily events. Photo by Curt Fleenor Photography

   A journal can help classify the everyday stressors in your life and how you handle them. Each time you feel stressed jot it down in the journal. Overtime, you may see patterns in yourself that may need to be altered.

2. Exercise Regularly


Exercise is known to release feel good chemicals in the body. Furthermore, aerobic exercise can release built up tension. Photo by jpo.ct

   Exercise is known to have a multitude of benefits, and, nevertheless, stress reduction is one of them. Make time for exercise at least three times a week for at least 30 minutes. Go for a walk. Take a swim. Get your heart pumping.

3. Reduce Priorities


Make a priority to complete a select few things each day. Prioritizing responsibilities will leave you more time for yourself. Photo by Kylesteed

   Especially for college students reducing priorities in life can be a tough one. With exams, papers, homework assignments and possibly a part-time job, picking and choosing what’s important at the time can seem impractical. But, by diminishing tasks individuals will have opportunities to stay present which is known to reduce stress and anxiety.

4. Reduce Caffeine and Sugar


Water is great alternative to drinking coffee. It is known to hydrate the body, as well as, other health benefits. Photo by mbettik

   A coffee can be any students “pick me up” for the day, but it can also have harmful side effects. For some individuals, caffeine and sugar can produce chemical changes in the brain that result in feeling anxious.

5. Relax


Relaxation is key to stress reduction. Find time in your day to do thing you enjoy! Photo by Joi

   Set aside time in the day to recharge. Connect with friends. Do something you enjoy. Take a break from all your responsibilities.