College life is an exciting, fun filled journey which also brings with it huge amounts of stress.

Here are 10 tricks to beat that stress and enjoy a smooth ride of college life.

Sleep!  If you plan to stay out till 4am and then attend a 9am class you are doing your body an injustice. As they say, setting your body clock to the clock of the sun is the best way of getting the most out of life. Sleep early, wake up early and feel fresh as a dewy daisy each day!

  1. Avoid junk food: Surely you know that pizzas and cokes lower your threshold of stress and don’t give you that energy you require for a busy college life. Eat a diet rich in vegetables, fruits and whole grains to feel fit and raring to go each day.
  2. Cut down on caffeine: Whether it’s grabbing one coffee after another form the vending machine, guzzling energy boosters or swallowing artificial stimulants, they do more harm than good in the long run. Opt for fresh fruit juices and plain water to keep yourself feeling, fresh and hydrated.
  3. Exercise: Colleges offer a variety of indoor and outdoor sporting activities. Swim, walk, jog, play badminton, squash, cricket. Make use of the available facilities you have paid for, instead of sitting and wallowing in self pity in your room.
  4. Vent!  Whether it is the need to talk to someone at the end of tiring day or to just vent, you need an outlet. Find it in a good, trusty friend, family member or a counselor on campus.
  5. Make time for your passions:  Give yourself some time each day to fulfill your passions. Whether it’s singing, drawing, cooking, painting do something that feeds peace into your soul!
  6. Avoid burning out: Don’t eat more than you can chew, says an old adage. Don’t sign up for too many courses or volunteer for programs at the cost of your physical and mental health. Go slow and steady and commit to only what you can safely deliver.
  7. Alcohol won’t help you relax: Alcohol doesn’t really drive away your problems; it just clouds your mind so that you can’t see them clearly for a short while. That doesn’t mean that they are going away any time soon or you won’t suffer from nausea or hangovers. In fact, with excessive indulgence in alcohol, you may end up adding to your problems and harming yourself both physically & mentally.
  8. Deep breathe:  When stressed, draw in deep breaths to fill in your lungs, breathe out slowly. Repeat this exercise until your body acknowledges, all is well.
  9. Stay in touch with your family: As they say, make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other is gold. Your family has your back, so share your successes and joys with them.Their sage advice may also help you t safely navigate troubled waters.
  10. Make friends: A college is a great melting pot, to meet people from different cultures, religions and walks of life. So go out there and make as many friends as you possibly can & find support and comfort in their company.

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