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College Life 101: How To Reduce Stress in College

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Updated July 06, 2014

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Take Care of Your Body
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Getting enough sleep, maintaining a healthy diet, and practicing other forms of self-care can help you stay less stressed in college and be more successful as well.

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Without parents around to be sure healthy food and adequate sleep are a priority, many college students skimp on both, and forget to take care of their bodies. Staying up late when early classes loom the next day, grabbing fast food on the way to a party, or living on junk food and energy drinks can seem like a given in college life, but can really sabotage you in the end. That’s why it’s important for college students to really be careful about self-care, and keep the following in mind:

  • Eat Right
    While fast food and junk food are cheap, convenient, and plentiful, they don’t set you up to do your best. Be sure to keep your dorm room or apartment stocked with a few fresh fruits and veggies, and high-protein snacks, and be sure that your main meals are healthy and balanced.
  • Get Enough Sleep
    Many college students find it difficult to get enough sleep because of busy schedules, late-night excitement, or stress. However, to stay healthy, it’s important to commit to getting as close to a full 8 hours as you can. If you stay up late, don’t schedule morning classes, or if you must get up early, go to bed at a reasonable hour. Take advantage of power naps, and avoid these sleep saboteurs. Getting adequate shut-eye can help do your best and enjoy yourself more.
  • Relieve Stress
    If you don’t already have effective stress relievers at your disposal, now is the perfect time to explore new stress relief techniques that you can use throughout your life. This can enhance your health and happiness for decades to come. Try these stress relievers for students.
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