Tips for De-Stressing as a College Student

Kayla Corless on Sep 21, 2022 12:00:00 AM

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As we go further into the fall semester here at Idaho State University, it is safe to say that many students are beginning to feel the stress that comes with college. With school work, jobs, and personal issues, it is no surprise that students would be feeling overwhelmed with the responsibilities that take precedence over their lives while in college.

Stress is something we all experience, yet it can be a huge roadblock from being able to live healthy and productive lives. However, despite stress being inevitable, it definitely is manageable.

As students, it is crucial to prioritize your mental health during the school year. Different techniques can be used to help us manage and maintain our level of stress. Check out our list of ways you can try to reduce stress this semester.


In college, there is definitely no shortage of people to interact with. From the students in your program to students with similar extracurricular activities as you, there are a multitude of opportunities to meet like-minded people to connect with. Loneliness can be a huge stressor to college students, especially with the change of environment and workload that college has. Taking time to hang out with friends and meet new people is a great way to alleviate tension caused by school.


Although exercising may be one of the most commonly used answers for reducing stress, physical movement is a great way to alleviate tension. Exercise releases endorphins, which are hormones released in the brain that leave you with a ‘feel-good’ feeling. Exercise helps to clear the mind and stimulates the body in a way that leaves you feeling more mentally relaxed. 

Limiting Screen Time

We live in an age where technology rules over our lives. Technology use has become so integrated in our everyday activities that we rely on it heavily. However, despite technology making things much more convenient for us, it has become a huge stressor. Taking a break from technology is good for your overall well-being, especially your mental health. Taking breaks from your technology can be good for overall productivity in your work, which is always good for producing good quality work for your classes.

Indulge in the Arts

Creative activities can be a great way to take a break from the stress and pressure of college responsibilities. Music, photography, drawing/painting, cooking, and videography (among others) are all great activities to relax and focus on something aside from schoolwork. Art allows for a release of emotion and finding healthy ways to release emotions are necessary for a good work/life relationship. 


As we all know, school is stressful and sometimes that stress becomes too much to handle alone. Idaho State University offers free counseling services provided to all students who may be experiencing stress and anxiety from school and life. Find more information about ISU’s counseling services here

For anyone who is interested, ISU’s Continuing Education and Workforce Training is hosting a Mental Health fair. More information can be found on our blog.




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