Nutrition

Dealing With Stress & Anxiety At College

Being a fresher is an experience like no other. College brings opportunities to develop, learn and, of course, have lots of fun. However, for many people, stress and anxiety can hit home – hard. Exams, revision, partying and facing your future can be overwhelming, so how do you cope? Luckily, we’re here to help you deal with those stress strikes.

 

Once you’re stressed, it can be extremely difficult to escape the realm of anxiety, worry, and panic. Sometimes, you can become stressed about something minor, then stressed that you’re getting too stressed, and so on. A key way to break this cycle is to see stress as a tool rather than a barrier, you can defeat it and you’re in control. Surprisingly, the chemicals and processes in our body that cause us to feel stressed are actually there to help us meet challenged, big or small. Stress can result in you becoming more alert, focused and energised – a bonus if you’re in the gym.

 

Take A Break

 

A work life balance is imperative in order to reduce stress levels, not only for business workers but students too. Revision can seem like an endless task and can be questioned at all time – how much have you done? However, you will be pleased to know that studies have found that working/revising for long periods of time doesn’t necessarily correlate with improved productivity. Ideally, you should work approximately 6 hours per day, set yourself working hours – 9am-4pm with an hour lunch break would help you beat the battle of stress and also allow you to switch off in the evenings ready for another day of revision and preparations.

 

Exercise

 

We all know it helps you tone up, lose weight or even gain mass – but did you know exercise also helps reduce stress levels? Working out, whatever the intensity, releases feel good endorphins to lift your mood and battle the blues. Not only that, but morning workouts are perfect for those looking to maintain focus and energy throughout the working day. Get your sweat on and work off any feelings of anxiety.

 

Do Not Compare Yourself

 

Everyone is different, even if social media states otherwise (photo-shopping images is not reality). It can be great to keep in contact with those back home and to meet new friends but social media can be an unrealistic way to measure individual successes. It’s important to remind yourself that having fun, friends and family is the best cure to a healthy lifestyle. If necessary, limit your access if you are beginning to feel anxious.

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Don’t Suffer In Silence

 

Suffering in silence can be a knock on effect, we understand it can be a big deal to admit to anyone that you’re feeling stressed or anxious but it most definitely isn’t the best way to deal with it. Remember, you aren’t letting anybody down by seeking advice, a shoulder to cry on or simply someone to listen to you rant. A friend, a relative or even a member of staff at college – share your thoughts, it will feel better and you may get some advice to help you on your way.

 

 

You’ve Plenty Of Time

 

Nobody is asking you to decide your future here and now, college is a journey of academia and is meant to be fun – don’t wish your youth away. You may not enjoy the course you are on, but remember – it’s not forever. Not everyone has a life plan once they leave college, many people change their career choice throughout college, studying history doesn’t mean you have to become a historian, nor does studying maths mean you have to become an accountant. Take opportunities that appeal to you and enjoy every step.

 

Our articles should be used for informational and educational purposes only and are not intended to be taken as medical advice. If you're concerned, consult a health professional before taking dietary supplements or introducing any major changes to your diet.

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Faye Reid

Faye Reid

Writer and expert

Faye Reid has a Master of Science in Sport Physiology and Nutrition. She puts her passion into practice as goal attack for her netball team, and in competitive event riding. Find out more about Faye's experience here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/faye-reid-8b619b122/.


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