Managing your stress will make your school life more enjoyable
In this era when the pace of change is faster than ever, it’s no wonder that stress and anxiety are entering into our lives. As a student, you are faced with a lot of pressures, from choosing your career path and keeping up with your class demands to applying for financial aid and managing your own personal budget.
Keeping your stress levels in check is important for your grades, your emotional health, and your overall school experience. Here are some tips for getting your stress under control:
1. Focus on one thing, not 10!
Students are expected to juggle the workloads of several different classes, and this can become difficult. It’s hard to know what to work on first. Before you get too frantic, take a moment to sit back and look at what needs to be done. Make a list of all your tasks, and then prioritize them. Once your list is in priority order, start from the top and work your way methodically down, one by one. Focusing on one thing at a time will be the most efficient and least stressful way to get through your work.
2. Simplify and organize
Is your desk a mess? Do you have papers and clutter piled everywhere? Many people find that they feel less stressed if they take some time to organize their lives. Simplifying your life may be the first step—throw away things you don’t need, cancel magazine and email subscriptions you don’t read, cut down on the number of feeds you follow. Next, organize your school work so you always know where everything is. Get folders or binders to keep your subjects separate, and keep your online resources organized into folders and bookmarks. Use an online calendar and reminder system to stay on top of your deadlines. Staying organized can help you feel less stressed, because you will avoid last-minute emergencies.
3. Vent to a friend
Stress is something that can get pent up inside of you and make you feel like a pressure cooker. Sometimes it helps to take a break from what you are doing and have a talk with a friend or family member. If you talk about what’s stressing you, sometimes you might find that your stresses don’t seem as large as you thought. Be sure to listen to your friend’s concerns too. Talk about fun things too, and find something to laugh about. Laughter can be the best medicine.
4. Sweat it out
There’s no doubt about it. Exercising can alleviate stress. Good hard exercise can get your mind off your mental stresses and push that energy into a physical workout. Aerobic exercise like running, fast walking, swimming, or team sports can trigger the release of endorphins, which are chemicals in your brain that bring about a feeling of well-being.
5. Eat well, sleep well
Nutrition and sleep are two vital necessities that everyone needs. Sure, you can pull an all-nighter, but is that really good for you in the long run? Sooner or later you will need to catch up on that missed sleep. Instead, make it a point to eat healthfully and get your 8 hours sleep. Taking care of your body will ultimately reduce the stress you are feeling.
Bonus Tip: Take a break from social media
Social media is a fun and powerful tool. However, for many people, the pressure to conform with others’ images of success and happiness can cause a great deal of stress. You may feel like you’re not measuring up to others. You may feel like you’re faking a happy life in order to post “like”-worthy pictures of yourself. If you are feeling this stress, then take a break. Just post that you’re signing out for a week, and see how it feels to be free from this stress. You might like it!
With these stress busters in place, we hope you can get a handle on your stress. If you are feeling extreme stress, anxiety, or depression, be sure to seek medical or psychological help. Your school may have counselors who can help, or you can ask your primary care physician for suggestions on where to turn. Your mental health is extremely important!
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