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Stressed over classes?
Eating healthy, getting enough sleep and scheduling can help

Got school, work and a hectic home life?

Don’t forget to eat well, sleep right and plan some fun time, too, advised Jill Nardin, a counselor from TCC’s Women’s Center.

In Nardin’s seminar “School Survival Skills: Balancing School, Work and Family,” she urged students to evaluate the many roles they juggle and develop priorities.

“Especially when you include college with your other roles, a certain amount of stress comes with that, and that has to be dealt with,” she says.

The key, she says, is developing balance. When students are stressed about school, they often forgo healthy eating habits and sacrifice sleep. And who has time for fun?

Schedule time for yourself. “A lot of students are surprised they need to do that,” Nardin says.

Regular meals provide energy, and a healthy sleep routine is essential.

All students don’t necessarily have all three areas out of balance; some just have one. Nardin suggests students write down all they have to do before prioritizing.

Help is available at the Women’s Center on every campus. Nardin says students needing advice on keeping stress at a manageable level can walk in or make an appointment with a counselor.