There are some things in college that stress you out and yet you have very little, if any, control over them: The guy in the room above you who blasts his music at 4:00 a.m. The people in your hall who refuse to clean their hair out of the shower drain every morning. However, some things you fortunately do have control over, especially when it comes to your personal life. Spending some time to figure out where the stress is coming from is often the best way of figuring out how to reduce, if not eliminate, these stressors in case you 're feeling stressed from personal stuff. Keep track of where you're 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. Take the list you made in the previous step and write down what you're doing in each place. Studying? Hanging out? Working? Make sure to be honest, too.

Reducing personal stress in college

Make sure to write it 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. Write down what you were supposed to be doing versus what you actually did. Did you spend the time in a positive or negative way in addition to this? 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. . Chances are, 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. Which is, of course, okay ... except when your commitments start to cause stress in your life. It's time to reprioritize in case your schedule is more full of personal commitments (like club meetings) than academic work. Look at your friendships. 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? Although 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, it may sound harsh. And it's definitely time to let them go in case they're causing you stress. Your significant other might be the best thing that's ever happened to you -- or he or she might be the biggest cause of stress in your life. Take a moment to really stop and think about your romantic relationship(s).