As a student in college, you may begin to experience different or new types of stress. Here are a few suggestions to help you navigate stress in your life.
The following results of the American College Health Association (ACHA) National College Health Survey report the top issues for UofL students are:
- Stress (35%)
- Anxiety (26%)
- Sleep difficulties (25%)
- Work (22.5%)
- Minor illnesses (16%)
Stress and anxiety reduction tips
- Keep a calendar: Not keeping up with your schedule can be very stressful. Keep a calendar of class times, including building/room number and associated reading/homework, study time, assignment due dates, test days and final exam times. Schedule everything on ONE calendar whether on your phone, online or on paper. Look at it often so you can be prepared. It works!
- Use an alarm clock in addition to the alarm on your phone.
- Go to class.
- Exercise regularly.
- Get enough sleep. You really need 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Students often like to stay up late and play video games, watch movies, etc. But getting rest is imperative.
- Take a yoga or mindfulness class. These have been shown to reduce stress and anxiety.
- Be realistic about work schedules especially during freshman year. Most students should take no more than 15 hours per week.
- If nothing seems to help, consider talking with a counselor, health educator or a provider at the campus health center.
Our goal at UofL’s Campus Health Service is to help students achieve their academic potential and goals. College is an expensive investment and getting sick jeopardizes students’ success. Illness can result in lower GPAs, failures and medical withdrawals. Tuition or dorm fees may not be reimbursable and in some cases students have to attend summer school or extra semesters to complete their degree.
Bottom line—staying healthy means you can keep your grades up.
If you need a physician, visit www.uoflphysicians.com/patient-care/find-physician or request an appointment online at www.uoflphysicians.com/request-appointment.