TIP OF THE MONTH
As a freshman in college, you will have more than your share of stress. For many students, being away from home and in a new environment is the main stress. Other stressors for freshman may include meeting new people, course expectations, dealing with roommates, and countless others. Knowing how to manage stress will be just as important as any of the schoolwork that you will be assigned.
Do you know what causes your stress? If not, it’s a good idea to find out in order to manage and reduce your stress. A good way to identify stress is by keeping a stress journal. Each time you are stressed, write it down. Questions to consider while writing in your journal are:
- What caused your stress?
- How did you feel? Both physically and emotionally
- How did you act in response?
- What did you do to makes yourself feel better?
Now, how can you avoid stress? Stress is a normal part of life, so you may not be able to eliminate stress, buy you can lower it, making it easier to cope with. Here are some ideas you can try to lower stress:
- Make a schedule. A schedule will keep you on track with the important tasks you must complete and it helps you to manage your time.
- Take care of yourself. Being healthy means being able to deal with stress better.
- Learn to say no! Taking on too many responsibilities is a surefire recipe for stress.
- Avoid people who stress you out. You have enough to worry about being a freshman. Make friends with supportive and positive people.
- Express your feelings. If something is bothering you, address the problem. Letting it build up will cause resentment and more stress in the long run.
If you need help coping with stress or just need someone to talk to, there are counselors in the Gable Health and Counseling Center available Monday through Friday. You may stop by the health center or call 610-921-7532 to make an appointment with a counselor.
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