Stress can be a dangerous thing when left unmanaged. As a student trying to juggle the academic side of varsity to ensuring that your social life is in check can be quite overwhelming. Partying, as a way of relieving stress, may not work for everyone hence there should be alternatives to dealing with stress. A few of the common indicators of stress include; difficulty concentrating, increased worrying, short temper, changes in eating and sleeping habits. Stress is a part of everyday life but here's how to reduce and manage your stress levels. 1. Avoid procrastination Putting off assignments or responsibilities until the last-minute can create mental and physical stress. This will in turn affect the quality of your work leading to tension build-up. 2. Exercise Nothing burns off all the energy generated by stress better than working out. So despite your busy schedule try squeezing in 15-30 mins of exercise a day. 3. Limit caffeine intake Products that contain caffeine might give you the energy high that you might need to get through the day but when taken in excessive amounts they can actually elevate the stress response in your body. 4. Get enough sleep Physical and mental problems caused from sleep deprivation can increase stress. Be sure to get your 6-8 hours of sleep to prevent this. 5. Take time to unwind Pace your life in such a way that you take breaks in between work. Make time for leisure activities such as listening to music, taking a walk or find fun things to do on campus. These are just a few of the things you can do to reduce stress. And whatever happens, make time to find humor in your life, laughter is after all the best medicine.

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