How to Cope With the Pressures of University Life

The University of Montana is one of the most recognized ‘features’ in Missoula. Established all the way back in 1893, the University of Montana is widely known as an institution of academic brilliance. Due to its long history, the university attracts thousands of students every year. In as much as they get the best education at the University of Montana, most students though encounter different pressures associated with university life. It is against this background that we write this article seeking to share with all students coping mechanisms that they need to consider and adopt if their life during university is to be bearable and stress-free.


Mindfulness is a Buddhism mechanism for coping with stress. Mindfulness is closely related to meditation, but it also incorporates deep breathing and the use of smartphones (but in ways consistent with the tenets of the mechanism). Using this mechanism means therefore that students can practice meditation. They can also use their phones to take advantage of mindfulness apps such as Headspace and Calm.


Exercise is also recommended as a coping mechanism for anxiety and stress. Research has shown that exercise leads one to release endorphins known as feel-good hormones. When released, endorphins help one to reduce tension thereby allowing the mind to focus on other things. When it comes to exercise, students can engage both in grueling gym sessions and non-grueling gym sessions. After grueling sessions, students can ensure that their minds remain stress-free by engaging in activities such as playing games. Students can check out this casino for some social games to play after a long exercise session.

Talking to someone

Research states that acceptance that one needs help is the first step in getting the necessary help. As such, in order to cope with stress, it’s important that the student accepts that he needs help. One of the best ways to express acceptance of the problem is by talking to someone. When the student talks to someone, not only does he accept the problem but he also takes the first step in getting the requisite help he needs. Students can talk to their friends, seek help from family members or even approach the University of Montana counsellors who will help them get the help they need.

Enough sleep

Getting enough sleep is very important for one’s mental health. As such, it’s important that the student gives himself the time to sleep. According to research, seven to eight hours is the time that the student must sleep each day. In addition to sleep ‘quantity’, the quality of one’ sleep is also important. In order to ensure that one has a ‘quality’ sleep, the student must take time to relax before going to sleep. For relaxation purposes, the student can talk to his friends, go out for a walk or watch his favourite TV show. In the same vein, it’s also advisable that the student goes to sleep at the same time and wake up at the same time.