Managing Stress

Managing Stress

The College De-Stress Handbook Help Students Keep Their Cool

Cover of "The College De-Stress Handbook: Keeping Cool Under Pressure from the Inside Out"By Brooke Randolph, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Stress management doesn’t seem to be so something that is taught formally, but I believe it is a life skill (like effective communication and parenting) that should be. Stress impacts us every day, and how we manage stressors makes a major impact on every area of life, including our health and ability to succeed. The first year of college would likely be the ideal time to teach stress management skills. While I don’t think stress management is likely to become a part of liberal arts curriculum, wise students can seek out the information for themselves from a variety of sources. One intended directly for college students is The College De-Stress Handbook: Keeping cool under pressure from the inside out.

The College De-Stress Handbook immediately notes that it is not just for the traditional student or freshman, but it is also intended for non-traditional students of all ages. The examples used prove that non-traditional students were considered throughout the development of this book. The writers’ use of humor makes it a fairly easy read, even as somewhat technical information about the impact of stress is explained. The focus seems to be slightly more on providing information than on teaching stress management techniques.

At the end of each chapter, there are questions to ponder that can help students make the information presented more personal. The techniques presented are not particularly difficult, so it is likely the majority of people could utilize this guide independently. The format would also lend itself for this book to be used as a part of a psychoeducational group. There does seem to be a bigger focus on cognitive-type techniques than on anything else. I prefer to start with a base of teaching physical relaxation and energy-building skills when teaching clients about stress management.

Read the rest of this entry »

Record Stress Levels in College Freshmen

In a survey conducted of over 200,000 students entering four year colleges, it has been found that the emotional health level of freshmen is at its lowest level in 25 years.

Students are depressed and under stress with some of them using psychiatric medication. More students arrive on campus with problems and are in need of support. Students worry about the debt they are accruing while in college and if they will be able to find a job after graduating and it is causing a lot of additional stress for them.

During this survey students were asked to rate their own emotional health and the emotional health of others. While many students rated their own emotional health below average, it was more difficult for them to gauge the emotional health of others.

Read the rest of this entry »

How to Cure Stress Induced Acne

The causes of acne are numerous, but one crucial factor seems to be stress. Keep in mind that it is that time of year. As important as it is to travel safely during the holidays, it’s equally important to limit your stress. Despite your best efforts to de-stress, you may find yourself staring at Mt. Vesuvius on your chin. How in the world do you fix this? Stop stressing over finals, or work or whatever else it is that gets you going. Stress increases hormones in your body that cause an overproduction of oil, slow the healing process and increase inflammation. All the magical tips in the world won’t be a cure if you don’t eliminate the cause. Here are a couple tips for coping with your breakouts in the meantime:

Read the rest of this entry »

How to Manage Your Time in College

clockIf I have said it once, I have said it a million times: there is just not enough time in the day for a college student to do everything that needs to get done. You have to go to classes, study, possibly work a job, sleep and eat, and you might just need a few hours of free time every day to keep from going insane. Try cramming that all into one day, and it just does not seem possible. However, if you use these tips, you’ll not only get everything you need to done, you might actually find yourself with more free time.

Make a plan. Make a list, or just spend some time each day prioritizing your activities. Start with the things you absolutely have to do, such as working or going to class. Then move on to the things that you really should do, such as study for the test you have next week. At the bottom of your list should be the things that you want to do or can do another day, such as watching the latest episode of “The Bachelorette” you TiVoed last night. Read the rest of this entry »

Surviving the Wait for College Admissions Letters


Hey, high school students, are you a little stressed out as you wait to hear from all those colleges you applied to?  It’s a nerve-wracking process, no doubt!  Here are some tips to help get you through this anxious time.

  1. Keep things in perspective. Yes, you may not get into all the schools on your list, or you might not get enough money to attend.  But disappointing as this is, it’s not a catastrophe that’s going to wreck your life.  Trust me!  There are plenty of great schools out there, and the important thing is that you get yourself a good education at one of them.  In the grand scheme of things, there’s not as much riding on that envelope as you think.
    Read the rest of this entry »

High School Stress Leads to Baldness

Yes. I fear I may lose all my hair by the time I turn 25. All because of stress. Most High School students are familiar with stress and how it works its evil ways and it works itself into your life and never seems go away. But of course, whether or not you allow the stress to get the best of you or consume your life is what is key.

Stress management is one of the most important things to learn early on in your academic career and be sure to maintain throughout the years, even in college. Stress can cause bad habits, such as overeating, loss of sleep, and another habits such as nail biting that never seem to go away. My friend recently told me to remember when you are stressed to remember you are a person and not just a student. This is actually a great piece of advice. It’s telling you to look at other aspects of your life when one stresses you out and try to focus on other things in order to remove the stress. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Favorite Ways for High School Seniors to Relax

One of the biggest problems I seem to have in high school is taking time for myself and just relaxing on a daily basis. Although it seems I find little time to relax, there are many ways in which I choose to relax!

1. Listen to music – listening to my favorite band or song always helps me to calm down and just mellow out. Just sitting down, or even when I’m driving, putting on a favorite song or band can help me to relax and can even help to completely change the mood I’m in!

2. Exercising/Playing a sport- For me, a great way to relax and relieve a little stress is to hit some balls in a batting cage. Not only is it a favorite way for me to relax, but its also a perfect stress reliever because hitting the ball gives me such a great feeling! So go to the gym or go outside and get a good work out, or play a quick game of basketball. Exercise always makes you feel better!

3. Pick up a good book – a lot of people may think this isn’t a way to relax, but I find it extremely relaxing when I pick out a good book and curl up in my bed or on a couch and read and read and read. Especially if it’s a story you can really get into and enter the reality of the book, leaving your own busy, stressful world behind. Reading a good book can help to take your mind off of anything that may be causing you a great deal of stress.

4. Take a nap- slowing down is key when trying to relax and become a little less stressed. And what better way to slow down than shut down completely?! Whether it is a much needed (and deserved!) 2 hour nap or it is just a quick 30 minute power nap, either can be amazing and you may be shocked at how much better you feel after a nap.

5. Hang out with Friends- This is a great way to just sit back and enjoy yourself. For me, hanging out with friends always helps me to forget about how stressed I may be or will help to take my mind off how much I have to do. Everyone needs a little time with friends to just chill and forget about everything, but enjoying a little free time along with your friends may help to slow things down a bit, too.

If you think you have no free time for any of these things and find yourself completely stressed, then I suggest finding some free time. Being stressed will do you no good, but approaching something in a much more relaxed manner will get you somewhere!


We help students find reviews on colleges, get help with student loan refinancing and other resourceful content to help students.

Social Links

© 2018