Do you start out each school year optimistically excited, yet you struggle to find motivation by the end because of stress? If so, you’re not alone. According to the Mayo Clinic, up to 44% of college students report having symptoms of depression and anxiety. Developing some healthy habits is an effective way for you to manage stress and have a successful school year.

Stress-related to school can look like a lot of different things. Symptoms often include common things like anxiety, worry, and headaches, but many people don’t know that severe stress can cause much more serious problems. Here are some signs that it may be time you work on developing some habits to manage your stress.

  • Feeling uneasy or worried often
  • Experiencing symptoms of insomnia
  • Increasing irritability and frustration
  • Difficulty meeting deadlines
  • Feeling ill often 
  • Increasing dissatisfaction 
  • Feelings of anxiety or depression
  • Bad habits such as overeating, biting nails, etc.

If you find yourself experiencing any of these symptoms during the school year, here are some habits you can develop to help manage your stress.

Time Management and Organization

Utilize tools and habits to help you manage your time effectively. Use a calendar, to-do lists, or homework tracking software to stay on top of your assignments. By doing this, you won’t be caught off guard by assignments at the last minute, which is often the cause of high stress for many students. Planning out when you will do which assignments in advance is a good way not to allow yourself to procrastinate as well.

Block off time for yourself! Making time for yourself to be able to relax and recharge is equally important as scheduling time to do your work. Students often fall into the rut of constantly working without taking a break. Doing this is unsustainable and will make you feel burnt out by the end of the semester. To read more about the causes and treatments of burnout, check out our blog on Understanding Burnout.

Develop Healthy Habits

Your physical health has a strong link to your mental health, so being healthy can greatly help you with managing your stress.

Aim to exercise a few times a week. Not only does exercise just help you be healthy, it is proven to release endorphins in your brain, helping you to feel less stressed and promote relaxation.

Eat a healthy diet. Eating healthy helps improve your energy levels, and your immune system. Unhealthy foods can have negative impacts on your stress levels, energy levels and your mental health.

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At Seneca Health Services, we have over 40 years of experience providing behavioral health services throughout southeastern West Virginia. We offer crisis assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every year to assist and support individuals, arrange and coordinate treatment services, and ensure that all of your basic needs are met. 

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