There are some things in college that stress you out and yet you have very little, if any, control over them. These are, for example your bad chemistry professor and guy in the room above you who blasts his music at 4:00 a.m. However, some things you fortunately do have control over, especially when it comes to your personal life. Often the best way of figuring out how to reduce, if not eliminate, these stressor is spending time to figure out where the stress is coming from in case you're feeling stressed from personal stuff. Keep track of where you are spending most of your time. Make a list of all the locations you visit over several days - your room, lecture halls, classrooms, the quad, the coffee shop, your on-campus job, your girlfriend's place. Write it down in case you've spent more than a minute somewhere. Keep track of how you're spending most of your time. Write down what you're doing in each place after you have taken the list you made in the previous step. Studying? Hanging out? Working? Make sure to be honest, too. Make sure to write down in case you meet your study group in the campus coffee shop to study for 2 hours but end up gossiping for an hour and a half.

How to reduce personal stress in college

Write down what you were supposed to be doing versus what you actually did in addition to this. Did you spend the time in a positive or negative way? Did how you spent your time help or add to your stress level? You'll be better able to gauge what is adding to the stress in your personal life once you see where and how you spend a lot of your time. Crucial for having good time management skills in college can be having a positive experience. After you review where and how your time goes, you'll realize that you spend a lot of hours on things that are not academic related – this is where chances are. Which is, of course, okay ... except when your commitments start to cause stress in your life. It's time to reprioritize. Realize, too, that it's okay to say no when people ask you to help, be more involved, or otherwise contribute your time in case your schedule is more full of personal commitments (like club meetings) than academic work. Are your friendships helping or hurting your time in school? Are your friends supportive of your college responsibilities or do they detract from them? Would you be better or worse off if you kept all of your friends or if you let a few friendships fade away? People grow and change quite a bit during their time in school -- meaning that the friendships that worked a year or two ago may no longer be beneficial to you although it may be sounds harsh. And it is definitely time to let them go in case they are causing your stress.