Written by Marc Lehman
Family therapist and owner of U ARE HEARD
As parents, we all want the best for our college students. We want them to excel in their studies, make new friends, and maintain good mental health. Unfortunately, college can be a very stressful time for young adults as they take on more academic responsibility than ever before. Fortunately, there are some easy methods that your student can use to relax and de-stress so that they can tackle their studies without feeling overwhelmed.
- Exercise: Exercise is one of the most effective methods for reducing stress. Exercise releases endorphins which help to ease tension and improve mood. Even if it’s just a quick jog around the block or some simple yoga poses, any form of physical activity can do wonders for improving mental health. Encourage your college student to make time for some regular exercise each week so that they can stay healthy and happy during this challenging period in their life.
- Get Enough Sleep: It’s no secret that sleep deprivation affects both physical and mental health negatively. Make sure your college student knows how important it is to get enough rest each night so that they have the energy and focus necessary to tackle their academic responsibilities during the day. If your student has difficulty getting enough sleep due to anxiety or stress, suggest strategies such as keeping a consistent sleep schedule or trying relaxation exercises before bedtime.
- Connect with Friends: Being away from home in a new environment can be isolating at times, but remind your college student that having a strong social support system is essential for managing stress levels while at school. Suggest that they reach out to old friends from high school or join a club on campus — whatever helps them feel connected and supported during this exciting yet challenging transition period in life!
College is an exciting but often stressful experience for young adults as they transition from high school into adulthood. As parents of college students, we want our kids to succeed academically but also mentally thrive during this chapter of their lives. By encouraging our kids to exercise regularly, get enough sleep each night, and connect with friends and peers who share similar interests or goals, we are helping them manage stress levels while at school so that they can make the most out of this unique opportunity!