College can be a stressful time for many college students. Especially for those undertaking intrusive courses like economics or statistics, between attending classes, studying for exams, working part-time while still experiencing pressures of still having a social life, one has a lot to balance. Even though students unburden their assignments to websites like, it is still not enough to remove the pressure of college life. If you are not careful of your mental health, you might just lose your mind.

Let us look at a few ways to maintain sanity when learning in college.

1. Make use of the counseling services in the institution.

Whenever you feel overwhelmed or you feel a sense of anxiety, elevated stress, any sign of depression speak to a counselor. These professionals are always willing to listen to the challenges you have, provide advice accordingly, and help you keep up with your goals to ensure a fulfilling college experience.

2. Exercise

Exercising is the best way to release stress. During exercise you release endorphins that help boost your mood and self-confidence.

Most campuses have fitness facilities, pools, gyms, running tracks, and others even offer group exercise classes you can participate in. If you prefer to do go out of campus, you can always go for a bike ride or a run. Getting a mental break will make you feel good before heading back to your hostel or dorm to continue studying.

3. Eat healthy foods

When some people are stressed, they overeat, while others don’t eat at all. Both of these choices are unhealthy for college students. Eating a pizza or burger and fries occasionally is fine but ensures most of the meals you eat are of a healthy diet. Nutrition experts recommend you avoid processed food and sodas. They recommend that your diet includes the right proportions of meat, vegetables and fruits in order to get the nutrients the body needs to maintain wellness.

Students are also advised not to skip entire meals. Avoiding meals may also lead to eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia which are very harmful to one’s health and may even lead to death.

4. Get involved with extracurricular activities.

College is not all about books. Participating in social activities is important for any student. Pick a fun student club or volunteer program that can be part of your identity as a college student besides being in class.

5. Prioritize your to-do list

Not keeping a schedule or to-do list leads to mismanagement and can cause you to feel overwhelmed and stress, which impacts your mental health. Manage your day by getting the most important tasks done first and the least important things last.

6. Get enough sleep

A lack of sleep makes you feel cranky and may reduce your ability to concentrate and think clearly in class. Allow your brain to rest by getting at least eight hours of sleep a day and try to avoid studying for the whole night as much as possible.

7. Make time to relax

Even though studying and performing well in college is crucial for success, it is also important to leave you some time to relax. Take breaks during your study sessions to walk or meditate, read a book, or just hang out with friends to take a load off and allow your brain to relax and recharge for a while.

8. Be responsible

In college there is a lot of partying, drinking, and drug use among most students. According to a recent study, 71% of college students who drank alcohol, 17.3% were heavy drinkers. They eventually end up battling addictions to alcohol and drugs. These habits can have a terribly negative impact on your mental health, and in severe cases, if these issues are not taken care of, it can potentially lead to death.