As college students, we often find ourselves stressed. The work piles up until we feel like we’re drowning in a sea of papers and projects. And while we like to feel sorry for ourselves, most of the time this is by our own doing.

In 2015, the National College Health Assessment reported that stress negatively impacted 30 percent of students, academically. By better managing our time we can cut down on stress immensely. Of course, stress can be found in other areas besides schoolwork. Stress in social life is also very common among college students, but there are many ways to cut down on stress. Eating right, sleeping well and exercise can all help relieve stress, providing a mental break from the everyday hustle and bustle of college.

Time management and stress have a direct correlation among college students. If we gradually do our work, instead of trying to cram everything in at the last minute, our stress levels would be much lower. Procrastination is a huge problem among college students, particularly freshman. The workload is much more intense in college when compared to high school. Because of this, that incoming freshman has the hardest time managing their stress.

“For many people, it’s the true understanding of what college-level work is like. The depth of the workload that they have poses a great deal of stress,” said David Sneed, the director of the Growth and Purpose for Students program at Belmont University. “They think they know what it’s like, especially for freshmen. This time of year is the first time they’ve gone through their midterms, it’s the first time they’re getting ready to do advising and get ready for the next semester.”

Get some rest. Go to bed on time. Eat right. And hopefully, you can relieve a great deal of stress in your everyday life as a college student.