Whether you’re making the transition from full-time student to full-time employee, or just struggling with a busy schedule, there’s likely plenty on your plate. If you feel stressed, know that you aren’t alone.

According to a recent Gallup study, nearly eight in 10 Americans said they felt stress on a regular or semi-regular basis. These tips can help you balance your worries when your schedule gets filled.


You don’t need to make a trip to the gym to exercise and get healthy. Plug in your headphones, lace up a pair of tennis shoes, and take a walk or jog. This is a great way to clear your head or catch up on your favorite podcast, all while improving your health. Invest in a yoga mat to improve flexibility and spend time focusing on calmness and breathing.

Nelnet Perk: Nelnet associates can take advantage of the Healthy Me Wellness Reimbursement, allowing them to receive $25 toward a wellness initiative (e.g., monthly gym membership, massage, etc.) each month. Specific requirements apply.

Be sure to get your Z’s

According to the CDC, more than one third of Americans aren’t getting enough sleep. If you’re over 18, you should be shooting for at least 7 hours. Try sticking to a routine sleep schedule and avoid screens one or two hours before bed. If you’re still feeling groggy during the day, try to find 10-15 minutes for a quick power nap.

Make a weekly planner

Take some time to sit down and think about what the week ahead has in store. Write down tasks, chores, and set one or two goals to accomplish each day. Writing these down helps you organize your schedule and prevent you from wondering if you forgot to do something. Make sure to plan for well-earned down time.

Get busy with a hobby

If you struggle to think of a hobby besides watching Netflix and scrolling through your phone, you may benefit from expanding your horizons with some new activities. Hobbies don’t have to be expensive or time-consuming, and can be incredibly rewarding. Try planting a small garden, or become the star of your kitchen by experimenting with new recipes. Are you more of an artistic person? Try an adult coloring book.

Our Perk: Are sports your hobby? Nelnet will sponsor your athletic team.

Talk to someone

Catch up with a friend over coffee, or spend some time chatting with a family member. Find someone you trust and let them know what’s going on in your life. It’s good to spend time on relationships that are important to you, and you’ll be much happier after getting the chance to discuss and bond with your friends and family.

Our Perk: Nelnet also offers guidance when you need support through the Employee Assistance Program. Associates can receive confidential counseling and other mental health support services.

When it comes to managing stress, there’s not one solution that relieves stress for everyone. Be willing to explore and try new things to find out what’s helps you manage your woes. In the end, it’s all about making sure that you can stay productive while maintaining happiness.

Nelnet Associates: For more information on any of our perks listed above, visit the Portal. Not an associate? Join the Nelnet team.