How to Manage Stress if You’re Going Back to Campus

The 7-5 curfew seems like it was forever ago. Also, do you remember when you binged on your best movie? In March, all campuses were closed until further notice. Then came the online learning and many students have since become accustomed to studying from home, making the idea of a return back to campus in-person a huge challenge.

The ongoing pandemic can add more strain for any student that’s returning to campus as you consider public transportation, interacting with other students, and all the ways you could catch or spread the virus. While the transition sounds stressful, it doesn’t have to be. I’m here to lend a hand and help you navigate through such a unique time.

1. Plan in Advance to Minimize Hassle

TBH, procrastination is the root of stress, a feeling you really want to avoid at all costs. Luckily, this is all easily prevented by planning ahead of time. Considering that most campuses are just reopening for students to take exams, you can prepare a schedule that highlights any assignments and their due dates as well as exams for the next few days or week. It’s up to you to decide what timeframe works the best for you. If you’re a little unsure, feel free to try different ways to get organized and find the right one for you.

Google Calendar is a helpful tool for creating a daily schedule. You can color-coordinate each event or reminder. Using Microsoft Excel is an awesome alternative, which allows you to completely customize your personal schedule. By making separate tabs, you can sort out your to-do lists and deadlines.

2. Practice speaking up when you feel uneasy

If you haven’t been told this lately, your feelings are valid. Let yourself be heard, especially when you’re in a situation that makes you feel uncomfortable. I totally get that it’s nerve-wracking to say something about your safety in class. According to The Muse, perspective-taking is a great strategy to use when you’re voicing out your uneasiness or side.

For your personal safety during the pandemic, perspective-taking will be effective for explaining to your fellow students how important is it for you to practice social distancing as well as wearing a mask. You can ask your faculty what precautions your campus is taking to keep their staff and students safe. If you notice that there’s room for improvement, offer valuable suggestions to maintain a safe learning environment.

3. Create a routine that brings you satisfaction

Getting back into the groove of things can be such a struggle. I mean, for the past seven months, I have been attending classes from the comfort of my room at home while catching up on my shows. If I wanted to do a quick workout, I could fit it in during my lunch break. Studying remotely has made it easier to run errands, do laundry, call your family and friends, and even set time for self-care.

However, there’s no need to dread going back to the campus. You can still customize a routine that sparks joy. You don’t want to have a schedule or system that will make you miserable, am I right or am I right? It’s important to give yourself breaks and continue to do the things that helped you cope with the pandemic. For example, plan to work out in the morning before getting ready for class or read your new book after classes to let your mind focus away from your class assignments.

4. Be aware that you can’t have full control

The thought of having no control over the outcome brought by the pandemic sounds scary, but it’s going to be okay. Micromanaging will only cause more stress and anxiety in the long run. Let things regarding health and safety fall into place on their own. You can only do so much, so don’t overwork yourself when something doesn’t go right.

Managing your time wisely by planning ahead or having a daily schedule is awesome because it helps stay organized and productive. However, realize that at any point there may be situations that arise, which you can’t prepare for beforehand. It’s definitely frustrating when something unexpected happens. Just take a deep breath first, and then, tackle the obstacle to the best of your abilities. If you need help, it’s okay to ask for it.

With the right mindset and preparation, heading back to campus can be worry-free. Plan out a schedule that suits you by motivating you to be productive but also still bringing you enjoyment. When it comes to schedules, you can try planning by days and weeks, or even both. Be prepared to readjust, and stand up for yourself, and let everything else fall into place.

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