Being a student is inherently stressful, no matter what you study or who you want to become one day. According to published research, over 40% of students experienced devastating levels of stress and anxiety, with over 50% stating that academic projects are too much to handle. While it’s beneficial to go to college and gain a degree, it’s also important to vent from time to time and entertain yourself, and here’s why:

Avoid draining yourself and burning out
Be more productive in the long-run
Pick up new hobbies and interests
Improve your memorization and focus skills
Decrease your anxiety, impatience, and stress

Here are just a few easy ways for students such as yourself to destress after a long period of studying, writing papers, or attending long and arduous lectures.

1. Sports Clubs

Picking up a new sport will not only help you destress – but it’ll also help you cultivate your physical wellness. As a student, you’ll only have a limited amount of time to devote to sports. So, choosing the right one is important. Ask around your campus and look for official clubs run by students or the university itself. You may also be able to earn extra academic perks as a member of your school’s sports team so give the idea some serious thought.

2. Multimedia Entertainment

Thankfully, the internet is chock-full of amazing ways for you to destress and entertain yourself in your spare time. Whether you’re into video games, TV shows, or movies, there’s a streaming service or a platform out there for you. To avoid falling behind on your writing assignments, you can use WritingUniverse to find professional writers who will help you out. Multimedia can be time-friendly and you’ll find both short-form and long-form content to help you destress depending on your schedule.

3. Social Events

No matter where you study, there are bound to be parties and social gatherings happening around you. Ask a close schoolmate or a college colleague about upcoming events and whether you could tag along. For some people, even familial gatherings are a great way to destress, so explore your options a bit. This will not only help you destress and share your worries with your colleagues but it’ll also give you a chance to meet new friends. Social gatherings are the best way to network while in college so don’t be a stranger and give parties and gatherings a shot!

4. Travel

Traveling is an amazing way for you to completely disassociate yourself from the stress and anxiety of being a student. You don’t have to go far to do this – simply look for a place you’ve never been to before and organize a trip. You can invite a group of friends along if you’re feeling social or go for a solo trip to a national park, a museum, or a historic sight somewhere in your area. By focusing your energy on something exciting, such as travel and exploration, you’ll be more inclined to get things done when you’re back on campus.

No Student is Without Stress

Whether you’re in high school or if you’re a senior college student, stress is something you’ll constantly face in academia. However, that stress will help prepare you for the world at large. Once you’ve graduated, you’ll have to apply for internships or jobs, or start your own business, for example. 

Use your school experiences as a springboard to build up your resilience and use it to your advantage down the line. However, if you do experience chronic stress and are feeling paralyzed in terms of your obligations, ask a friend, a family member, or a licensed professional for some advice.

Bio: Diane Sherron is a professional writer, editor, and blogger with extensive experience in writing essays, papers, and articles for both academic and online publications. Diane is a passionate, dedicated writer with an eye for detail. She spends most of her free time reading, working out, or learning how to prepare exciting new foods and snacks.