• Sun, Jan 30 2011

5 Things You Can Do To Relieve The Stress of College

You may not know this by looking at me, but I’m actually not in college anymore.

Yes. It’s true.

Despite that fact, though, I was still dismayed to read about a recent study showing that female college students are way more stressed out then their male counterparts. Some believe it’s because they take the criticism of professors more personally; others seem to think it’s because, once again, life’s choices so overwhelm us ladies that we’re thrust into states of perpetual paranoia and misery.

But there are some things that you can do if you’re in college — or even if you’re out! — to relieve stress. Perhaps the young ladies of academia aren’t taking enough advantage of the following relaxation methods:

  1. Rub one out. Don’t have a vibrator? Buy one. Really, it’s a better investment then that boring old textbook anyway.
  2. Skip a class. You might think this will only give you more stress, but if you take anything away from this list, take this: I am ten years out of college and I am making you a 100% guarantee that skipping one class will have absolutely no bearing on your future whatsoever. Ride the thrill of deciding — just for two hours! — to spend your time however you want.
  3. Get in your shower and sing loudly. College is the time to be young, carefree, and pretend that you’re constantly in a movie montage. Doing adorable, loud, expressive things relieves tension and also ensures that you’re not taking your sacred youth too seriously.
  4. Stay in while your friends go on a bender. Ha — you thought one of these list items was going to be “get wasted.” But you were wrong. Instead of adding to your academic stress by feeling like you will be socially ostracized if you don’t attend every event on campus, know that it doesn’t matter at all if you stay in by yourself. While you’re home, you can rub one out or sing in the shower. Two birds, one stone.
  5. Cry. You’ve earned it.
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  • Alanna

    this is such an excellent post. love, a college freshman.

    • Somnilee

      I heartily concur. Love, a college sophomore.
      (Especially as I have spent most of this morning panicking over my impending second semester)

  • matbo

    I find it helps to study more, not less. And when I take breaks between studying I often just lie on the floor for five minutes as a complete time-out (this is also could for your back). Lastly I cook. I don’t particularly like cooking, but I’ve come to appreciate the time it takes to cut veggies and eat a well-prepared meal.

  • Kate

    yoga’s great too. I do 1 to 2 hours a day, but even ten minutes of stretching out or sun salutes can vastly improve your day, mental state, and flexibility. you can find some great tutorials online, and although a mat helps you can do it right in your room on the floor.

  • Eileen

    Find your favorite professor and get to know her (or him…but in my case her) well enough that she cares about you more as a person than as a student, even after you’re not in her class anymore. It’s amazing what it will do for your stress to be freaking out during exams and then to have this super-accomplished person with a PhD and all think it’s worth being late to wherever she’s going if it means she can have a quick chat with you.

  • Lea

    Technically, you could do all of these things at one time. 5 birds with 1 stone. Haha.
    Loved it, by the way.
    ~Stressed-out college freshman.