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How do I not get overwhelmed during my freshman year of college?

During college I will have a lot more freedom and responsibilities, so what can I do to help lower my stress level? Also, how do you prevent procrastination? #stress-management #procrastination

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Marina’s Answer


It's great that you're thinking ahead and planning for your time in college. I think you're on step ahead. You're right that college can be overwhelming and stressful at times, but it's also a new phase in your life that will bring unforgettable experiences, if you go about it the right way.

First and foremost, learn to manage your time and be organized, if you aren't already. I think being disciplined with your time and learning to schedule all your activities, goes a long a way in helping to reduce your stress, and be more efficient, overall.

Also, I'm a major proponent of getting a good night's sleep. Getting enough sleep will have a positive impact in your overall well-being and will allow you to be more effective in your day-to-day activities. Avoid all-nighters, if at all possible.

You can try to get involved in extracurricular clubs and activities that will allow you to socialize with other students and make friends. Having a social network (and not just online) goes a long way in improving your sense of well-being. Physical activity is also beneficial in keeping you healthy and energized.

If you still feel the stress coming on, you can manage it by practicing yoga or meditation, going for a walk. Anything that will be relaxing, and healthy. I wish you the best of luck and much success in your college years!

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Rachel’s Answer

You have to set a routine for yourself and stick to it for the most part. Once you get into the groove of a routine it will be much easier for you to manage your time and have enough time for everything you need to do (including relaxing). Make yourself to-do lists on a weekly basis, use Google calendar or a planner to keep track of events, deadlines, and due dates. In addition to setting a routine and sticking to it, plan out relaxing activities into your day. Or set aside a time, after everything is done for the day, that you can have "me" time. I have also personally found it essential to not only find time for myself but also make use of that time in a way that is best for me and my holistic wellness. I have found the HeadSpace app to be an essential tool in helping me relax and generally feel more relaxed throughout the day, Guided meditation, even if you have a busy schedule, will make you feel more at ease and relaxed throughout the day as a whole (not just when you have the time to relax and focus on that "me" time).

Set a routine.Use Google Calendar.Set aside Me TimeWrite weekly to-do lists and use a planner.Find a peaceful and restful activity that will help you feel relaxed.

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Jessica’s Answer

As a freshman it can be extremely scary and overwhelming at first. My advice for you is to make sure you read your syllabus. I'm not sure what school you plan on attending, but making sure you know the policies and expectations of the professor is very important. Not reading the expectations can lead to stress and could make you fail the class. We don't want that so just making sure your reading and prioritzing your work. Don't wait until the last minute to submit an assignment. Make sure you're asking questions until you for sure understand what you're needing to complete.