Alan Reifman, Ph.D. is a Professor of Human Development and Family studies at Texas Tech University. He contributes regularly to Psychology Today specifically about college students. Reifman (2011) states:
Think about what many college students go through. Leaving the family home, feeling intense pressure to obtain high grades in connection with career aspirations, taking final exams, trying to establish a romantic/social life, dealing with (often very high) costs of college and possibly working at a job during the school year. What kind of jobs (if any) students can get after college also remains tenuous given the multi-year recession. On top of all that, students in many parts of the U.S. must deal with snow and subfreezing temperatures that, in the words of a colleague who once taught in Buffalo, leave students “really dragging by December” (para.2).
Reifman (2011) gives a very good resource from the University of Georgia in his article with ways to deal with stress under several categories like attitude, relaxation, relationships, and sleep. We have included a link to that information below:
As a college student, time management and stress management go hand in hand. Often, students who have poor time management tend to exhibit much higher stress levels than their peers who have better time management skills. Below we have compiled a list of important ways for you to manage your time better:
Plan ahead of time and anticipate your upcoming tasks.
First, at the beginning of each semester, copy your tentative course schedule from each class syllabus. Next, each week (aim for a Sunday, before your week actually starts) evaluate your schedule for the week. Write down specific days and times you will complete tasks that need to get done. Remember: finding time will never work; you must make time to get things accomplished.
Break down your tasks.
In college, you may only have 1 or 2 tests throughout the semester. Each exam covers roughly half of the content. In order to prepare adequately (without stressing yourself out!), it is recommended to break down your tasks. Instead of being overwhelmed by needing to study 6 full chapters, dedicate time each week to study one chapter.
Cross things off of your list.
Take that pen and physically cross that item off. It feels good! These little successes contribute to feeling good and therefore less stressful. Another benefit of breaking down your tasks into smaller chunks? Crossing more stuff off your list!
Stop procrastinating already!
Just get it done. Procrastination causes stress. This is another benefit of scheduling in your tasks at specific dates/times. If you know that you will be writing your 3-page reflection on Wednesday at 2pm, then on Monday and Tuesday you don’t need to have the nagging stress of needing to get it done in the back of your mind. Instead you know that it will be getting done Wednesday at 2pm. No need to think about it until then.
Prioritizing healthy behaviors like nutrition, exercise, relaxation, sleep hygiene, and time management will greatly reduce the amount of stress that you feel.
A counselor can be a very good resource to help you navigate these areas of your life.
Reifman, A., (October 1, 2011). Stress in College Students. With all that happens, how could college students not be stressed? Psychology Today. Retrieved from:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-campus/201110/stress- in-college- students