Stress and Adult Students – How to Overcome it

by Lindsay Maynard, Colorado Christian University

This is a guest blog by Colorado Christian University. While the blog is centered around adult learners, we share it with you because the same tips apply whether you’re an adult learner, volunteer, parent, etc.

If you’re earning your degree as an adult student, balancing work, family life, and school can be stressful — especially while studying for exams and also making sure you give it your all at your job. But although getting your degree may be tough, we know you can do it!

Whether you’re close to completing your degree, you just started in a college program, or you’re somewhere in between, we’re offering a bit of inspiration.

Here are 5 ways to beat stress as an adult college student:

Get organized.

One of the most stressful components of earning your degree as an adult is organization. If you don’t have your due dates and expectations organized, it can be stressful to get things done on time. At the beginning of each course, make sure you get organized. This can save you time later on, and you won’t be wondering what’s coming up in that class.

Find motivation.

Feeling stuck? Don’t get discouraged if you are exhausted and constantly have to talk yourself into continuing your education. There are many adult students out there that are going through the same stage of life as you. Reach out to your classmates or professor, find a blog that inspires you, or do a daily devotional that will motivate you every morning.

Take care of yourself.

Another strategy for battling stress as a student is to make your health a priority. Make sure you’re getting rest every night. A healthy diet can give you the energy you need for a busy day. And if you have to take a sick or personal day every once in a while, we don’t blame you.

Relax before bed.

Adequate sleep is important for a stress-free (or at least less stressful) life. But whether you sleep four or eight hours a night, one thing is very important: resting before you call it a night. Do a 15-minute yoga video, meditate, take a hot bath, or have a glass of wine before bed. This will help clear your mind so you can actually sleep through the night and not worry about everything you have to accomplish the next day.

Work out your frustration.

Feeling tense or have a lot of stress building up? High-intensity workouts like boxing can help remove that stress from your body. Other workouts that are good for stress include cycling, HIIT, or Zumba.

If you’re thinking about taking on anything extra in your life, we think you’ll find these tips to very helpful so you can be successful with all of your goals.