Beating the Freshman 15: Managing Stress

While nutrition and fitness are important parts of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, so is managing stress and practicing good self-care.  Here are some tips from the people who’ve been there to help you conquer freshman year (and beyond!)

Be Flexible

Kimberly Olson from Fit Kim points out that each semester is different, and that workload will vary depending on the classes and teacher.  She suggests not signing up for too many activities until class gets into full swing to avoid overloading yourself. Morgan Timm from Mostly Morgan echoes this, saying that it can be easy to say “yes” to everything, but you really need to focus on avoiding spreading yourself too thin.

Make a To-Do List

Brienne Peters from Lean Clean and Brie is big on organization!  She finds it really helpful to write out everything she needs to get done in her week, as breaking it down allows her to be able to look at each task rather than trying to conquer the whole picture!  She also suggests starting homework earlier in the day, allowing you to get a good night’s sleep.  Morgan  recommends using an planner.  She says if she plans things out she’s less likely to procrastinate and push things off.

Prioritize Sleep and Exercise

Katie Dunlop from Love Sweat and Fitness stresses the importance of balance in ensuring that you’re taking care of yourself while also getting done what you need to get done.  While you may not always feel like working out, she emphasizes that your workout will help energize you, while also fighting stress and anxiety.

Look at the Big Picture

Kim points out that, while each paper and exam can seem like a big deal, it’s really not.  in her own words, ” It’s not to be perfect, it’s to be the best version of yourself, learn as much as you can, and have the experience of a lifetime. Have fun!”  Looking at things from this different perspective and practicing gratitude can do a world of good in easy stressed nerves.

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