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Tips for Reducing Stress as an International Student

November 14, 2018
Tips for Reducing Stress as an International Student

Being a student is stressful. Being an international student is even more stressful! In addition to dealing with attending school and trying to succeed in classes, international students have to deal with adjusting to life in a new country, learning a new language, and making friends in their new home. (Plus, they have more paperwork to deal with.) All of these things add up. Take care of yourself by following these tips for reducing stress as a student.

Tips for Reducing Stress as an International Student

Tip #1: Create a schedule

Know where you need to be and what you need to do. Create a detailed schedule of your classes, your homework and tests, and any assignments. Plan your week and give yourself plenty of time to eat, sleep, study, and relax.

Tips for Reducing Stress as an International Student

Tip #2: Exercise

Exercise will help you sleep better. It will also clear your mind, keep you healthy, and also keep you happier since exercise releases endorphins. Join a sports team or club, join the local gym, or try a yoga class. Try to schedule activities on weekends, such as hiking, kayaking, or going to the beach.

Tips for Reducing Stress as an International Student

Tip #3: Create a support group

Make sure that you are surrounded by people who love and support you. If you have a host family, share your life and experiences with them. Tell them about your struggles and your accomplishments, and let them know when you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed. Sometimes just talking about things will make you feel better.  

Tips for Reducing Stress as an International Student

Tip #4: Ask for help when needed

Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. You can ask for help in many ways: ask your friends for some time to talk if you need someone to listen; ask your professor for some extra help with an assignment; go to your college’s tutoring center for help; seek professional counseling through the student health center or academic counseling at your college’s student center. The resources are there: use them!

Tips for Reducing Stress as an International Student

Tip #5: Disconnect

Don’t forget to turn your phone off, disconnect from the world, and connect with yourself. Removing yourself from social media and the internet for just a few hours will leave you feeling more relaxed and connected with your environment. You’ll probably want to take a selfie to remember that happy moment! (But don’t. Keep your phone off!)

Tips for Reducing Stress as an International Student

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