Understanding the Various Ways to Manage Stress and Anxiety as a College Student

When you’re making that transition from the top of the food chain as a high school senior back to the bottom as a college freshman, things tend to get stressful and overwhelming, especially if you’re attending a massive university such as Penn State or USC.

Trust me, every college student goes through some sort of anxiety no matter where they go and the size of the school. I started at Bergen Community College, a school that has 18,000 students, and am now a senior at Ramapo College, which has just under 6,000 students, and even though they’re both small schools with not a lot of people, I have dealt with anxiety the majority of my college career.

Have no fear, I am here to help. Without getting into professional advice and medication (if you need it, please seek appropriate help), I have found some ways to manage my stress and anxiety and I would love to share them with you guys!

Utilize the resources your school provides you

Many schools like the one I attend offer resources and services for those who suffer with anxiety and other disorders. If you check your school’s website, there should be a list of services that the school can provide you and it’s all confidential and should be free.

Things like individual counseling, group counseling and various psychiatric services are offered and can provide you the stress relief you need and a person to talk to if you feel like you can’t turn to anybody else.

Also, many school websites offer other resources off campus for kids who suffer with addiction, sexual abuse trauma, suicidal tendencies, anxiety and many other things. You can find links to support groups and phone numbers for people to call who can help you with your specific situation.

Schools are very sensitive to these types of issues and want to give their students every opportunity they can to get help, so reach out to a counselor or ambassador at your school if you need a specific service.

Exercising frequently can do wonders for the body and mind. Credit: Public Health Image Library

Take care of yourself

Taking care of yourself is a great way for your to reduce stress and anxiety. Staying organized and making sure you stay on top of things is the easiest way to reduce stress as you always feel you are in control. With great organization and planning comes time to get a sufficient amount of sleep, which is essential to allowing your body to refuel and get ready for another day.

Exercising is an excellent way to reduce stress and anxiety because it uses up a lot of the energy your body would use if you were to have a panic or anxiety attack. Give yourself personal time to just relax and breathe. Breathing exercises help take away the tension and relax the body, allowing you to feel so much better and it allows you to have that time to yourself to relax without having any problems.

These simple techniques can do wonders for your mental and physical health.

Do an activity that takes your mind off of things

Whether it’s writing in a journal, painting, coloring or just listening to your favorite band, give yourself some time in the day to do things that you enjoy so that you can take your mind off of school for awhile.

Plan leisure activities in between classes and during free time to allow yourself to socialize. Whether it’s grabbing a slice of pizza, going to the movies or finding a fun activity on campus, the socialization and positive environment leaves you with less stress and a greater esteem and is super beneficial to your mental health.

Doing these activities allows the mind and body to take a break while you enjoy yourself, which brings in a positive mindset and positivity all around.

Activities like writing in a journal allows student to reduce stress and clear their mind. Credit: PxHere


These simple yet effective tips are just a few in a long line of things you can do to remove at least a little bit of anxiety and stress from your life. Remember, this isn’t professional advice. If you or somebody you know is struggling or in need of help, please reach out to a professional and find the appropriate resources needed.

If anybody has any tips or methods that have worked for them, please feel free to share them in the comments below!

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