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August 19, 2022

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3 Essential Stress Relief Strategies for College Students



August 19, 2022
Hope Harris

How do you deal with the stress of college? Whether you’re a freshman or heading back to campus, set yourself up for a balanced, stress-lite semester with these back-to-college mental health tips from Point Scholars.

BE REALISTIC ABOUT YOUR CAPACITY

  • Set a realistic schedule! Attainable goals are so much better on your body and mental health.” – Arlowe Clementine (they/them), Point Flagship Scholar, Oklahoma State University.
  • Focus on forming identity-based habits rather than reaching unattainable goals. For example, don’t focus on getting straight A’s, focus on becoming a person who studies every day!” – Sydney Rinehart (she/her), Point Flagship Scholar, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
  • What works well for one semester may not carry over to the next semester, so there is no need to be hard on yourself or beat yourself up about what isn’t working.” – Kay Trent (she/they), Point BIPOC Scholar, Austin Community College.

PRIORITIZE YOUR PEACE!

  • My #1 back-to-school tip is scheduling in time for self-care. Taking care of yourself is incredibly important, and you have to make sure that you are in good physical and mental shape to do everything you want to do!” – Jo Lew (they/them), Southern Methodist University Point Flagship Scholar.
  • Take breaks during the day to help manage the stress of daily college life. Remember that Rome was not built in a day.” – Lerkeshia Littlejohn (she/her), Spartanburg Community College Point Scholar.
  • I like to make sure I’m in a good headspace and mentally ready to switch gears. I try to commit to meditating or just relaxing for a chunk of time every day a week in advance so my head is clear for the start of the year.” – Felix Kiene-Gualtieri (he/him), New York University Point Flagship Scholar.
  • Have an actual sleeping schedule– no, not when you stay up until 3 a.m. during some nights and nap later- you have to make yourself sleep well before it builds up over time. Trust me, you’ll thank your family for making you have a bedtime later.” – Samuel Ton (he/him), Front Range Community College Point BIPOC Scholar.

STAY SOCIAL

  • Develop healthy, balanced routines that build-in work-life balance (which is certainly easier said than done, but the start of the school year offers a nice, clean slate to do so!).” – Sofia Lawsky (she/they), Columbia University Point Flagship Scholar.
  • Spend time chatting with people, seeing how their summers went, and re-connecting with folks. Things will get busier in the year, and as long as you stay organized and rested in the beginning, you have some time to get socially comfortable.” – Casey Orozco-Poore (they/them), Harvard Medical School Point Flagship Scholar.
  • “It is easy to make academic goals for a semester, “I want straight A’s”, “I want to pass this class”, but we do not spend enough time giving ourselves personal and social goals. Challenging ourselves to grow as people can be equally impactful and important as growing as scholars or employees. This year I am challenging myself to spend more time feeling grateful, and to spend more time feeling humbled, in doing so I hope to be a better person both inside and outside of my classes. ” – Lukas Borja (they/them), University of Chicago Point Flagship Scholar.

Answers to this blog were submitted by current Point Scholars from our Flagship, BIPOC and Community College programs. Learn more about your 2022 class here.

Answers to this blog were submitted by current Point Scholars from our Flagship, BIPOC and Community College programs. Learn more about the 2022 class.



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