Being a student can be stressful. Finding a balance between studying, work, family and a job while still managing to hand in assignments on time can sometimes be very challenging. Finding ways to manage your stress levels can be the difference between having a great study experience and not.
1. TAKE TIME TO LOOK AFTER YOURSELF.
Your body is a machine. To work at its best and cope with stress it needs some basic things.
• Healthy food
• Lots of regular sleep
• Exercise every day
• Ascribe to positive thought patterns
2. HAVE A ROUTINE/PLAN.
Make a plan for the day. Stress can occur when you feel powerless, making a plan and working through it gives you control, reducing stress.
3. TAKE ASSIGNMENTS ONE BABY STEP AT A TIME.
Break your work down into manageable, bite-sized portions that feel less overwhelming than looking at the big picture. If you have an essay to write that’s making you feel anxious, list the individual steps that lead to the destination of the essay being finished (finding sources, creating an outline, writing an intro), and the task will begin to feel less daunting.
4. LOWER YOUR GOALS.
Now we’re not saying do nothing but following the idea “lowering your goals, you’ll achieve more” can help to relieve stress and boost academic success.
Instead of setting your goal to be getting the highest grade in the class, set a goal to feel satisfied with your performance.
5. STAY BALANCED DURING EXAM PERIODS.
The importance of taking breaks and working in time to relax during your busiest and most stressful periods can’t be overestimated. No matter how hard you push yourself, nobody can maintain constant focus. Take frequent, short breaks for fun activities so that you’ll be able to go back to your writing or studying refreshed.