Stress and Coping Strategies

Being a college student tends to mean you are under stress almost 24/7. There is always some paper or test that you have to prepare for or there is some mix up with the paperwork. The point is there is almost always a reason for a college student like me to be stressed.

Keeping my stress levels in check is really essential for me because I have chronic migraines. It’s really easy for me to get a migraine and it doesn’t take much to set it off. I had to develop an effective system for coping to avoid these migraines. Now I’m not recommending these strategies for everyone but it works for me.

I’m a gamer so what I like to do is play video games for a few hours a day. Playing video games provides an adequate distraction and gives me time to calm down so I can come back to the problem with a clear head. Another strategy related to gaming is playing tabletop games likes Dungeon and Dragons (DnD). I have a great group of friends who I meet with once a week to play DnD. It gives me something to look forward to in the week and motivates me to get all my work done early so I can play.

one of the strategies I could try is reading. Reading would probably be a nice distraction that relaxes me but keeps my mind active. Meditation or breathing exercises could help me as well and maybe listening to a little music. This site had some fairly interesting ideas on stress management.


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