ASU Online’s Stress Survival Guide: Learn tips and tricks to reduce stress in an online learning environment

Whether in a traditional setting or learning online, stress is often an all-too-familiar feeling for every student – from studying for final exams to decisions about your career post-graduation.

Our ability to effectively manage these moments is crucial for success both in school and out. Recently, the effects of the global pandemic have not only introduced new stressors, but it has also prompted many students across the country to focus on new systems of learning and adopt different strategies for success.

April’s Stress Awareness Month comes at a great time for college students (and everyone!) to reflect, take a deep breath and remember that stress is something no one is immune to. Being aware of that fact is always a good first step towards understanding how to manage the range of pressures in your life – juggling the demands of school, work, life, and family.

So, how does one tackle these stressors head on? To start, it helps to make sure you have the resources to help you thrive. For example, ASU Online works to provide valuable information to equip students with the tools they need to maintain a healthy mind and body throughout their college experience. The university offers a large number of support services and resources in a holistic effort to address the needs of both their traditional and online students. And the best part is… all the services are completely free of charge. ASU Online’s newest addition, the 360 Life Services program, is one of many resources in its network of support tailored to the needs of its online students. From personal care, to success coaches, tutoring services, and post-graduation career help, these resources are provided to support students’ education, career, and personal needs – from the comfort of their own home.

From setting up a stress-free work environment to building a great support system, read on for ASU’s Top 5 Tips on how to deal with college stress:

  1. Stick to a schedule: When completing coursework online, many students find that their schedules are a bit more flexible. Sticking to a daily schedule, that is attainable and consistent, is a great way for online students to perfect their time-management skills, ensure preparedness, and maintain a more stress-free mindset. Planning ahead and consciously dedicating time to each of your courses, can keep you from falling behind and eliminate the need to procrastinate. These simple, yet vital, tips can help set you up for success as you plan out your day and week.
  2. Stay organized: Keeping your calendar up to date with assignment due dates and dates of major tests is a great way to avoid the stress that comes with navigating life and schoolwork (or missing a deadline). Setting alarms or reminders on your phone and/or computer is a good preparation tool to balance all facets of your life. Be sure to carve out time in your day to manage your personal health (more on that below!). Also, make sure you note the time difference between where you are and your campus – you don’t want to be late.
  3. Set up a stress-free learning environment: Designating a calm space to study and complete your coursework is one of the most important keys to success in learning online. Make sure your place is as free of distractions as possible to promote a focused mindset and healthy emotional well-being. Learning in the same place each day will provide stability and help you stay in a healthy, positive routine.
  4. Take care of your body and your mind: This is a big one (especially when you’re stuck inside). If you need a break – take one. Some students find it beneficial to even fit in a few minutes of exercise before starting their schoolwork to help energize their mind and focus on learning. Perhaps, practicing meditation to restore your calm and reduce stress is a good alternative for you – ASU’s Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience holds daily meditation sessions to embrace connection and strengthen your spirit. Whatever you do, it’s vital to take active care of your body and mind.
  5. Make sure you have a comprehensive support system: Adopting a sense of connection and community is extremely important to a strong sense of self and well-being – a comprehensive support system, from educational resources to life advice, provides students with the resources and tools they need to thrive. When in an online setting, be sure to virtually connect and check in with your classmates – there is value in building an internal community, even without being face-to-face.

Knowing how to deal with college stress can be difficult at times – however, with the right tools, mindset, resources, and support system, you can learn to properly prepare for and successfully manage the onset of stress.

Stress Awareness Month is an annual reminder that we’re all in this together – this April, ASU urges you to reevaluate your routine, acknowledge how you handle stress, and make the choice to prioritize your health to ensure a successful life.

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