Leave Stress Behind and Get Things Done

Hope Stunkel, IV Leader Columnist

For anyone attending college, some days can feel stressful and over- bearing. This can come from lack of sleep, homework, studying, keeping up with grades, work, and keeping up with the house. It is no easy task juggling all of this at once.

By the end of the day, you may get tired and exhausted, but if you want to succeed, you have to work hard no matter what and always keep an open mind. If you keep an open mind, it will help you for your future career and what you make of it.

There are always lots of ways to de-stress for a little bit each day if you are feeling overwhelmed. I recommend the following: drawing, journaling, going outside, exercising, hanging out with friends, finding a new hobby, reading, and doing puzzles.

Try checking out a book, drawing, coloring, doing puzzles, or writing at the Jacob’s Library. This is one of my favorite places to do my homework, as well. Try to exercise and go to the gym for an hour because this will help release all of that built-up anger and anxiety that you may have.

Try to find time outside of college to go outside, hang out with friends, and find a new hobby because these will help find your interests. Just be sure that you are still able to keep up with college and manage your time wisely. Here are some tips listed for man- aging your time wisely while you are in colle: 

Make a to-do list – this gives you an open mind and layout of what things you need to get done that day. Don’t procrastinate – this will just overwhelm and stress you out even more. Break up big homework assign- ments into sections – by doing this, you will feel less over- whelmed, more accomplished, and will find a little bit more time to relax or study other homework assign- ments.

Get involved with the activities at IVCC – this may sound like a lot, but getting involved will teach you how to develop more responsibility with tasks, big or small, and you will make a lot of friends.

Manage your time wisely – this may be the most difficult thing for a college student to do; I know it is for me. But, this will help with classes that you are taking, whether it is one or four, and teach responsibility. Do- ing this will also teach you how to be productive and these skills will help build for your future.

If you use these tips and do all of these tasks, you will feel much more relaxed when it comes to college. Also, try to add in a little bit of time throughout the day to relax. Best of luck in your first semester of college.