HANDLING STRESS AS A STUDENT

As a student, there are so many things that can make you really stressed. They are:

  • School
  • Homework
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Social challenges
  • Transitions [e.g., starting a new school, living independently, graduating, moving out]
  • Work
  • Relationships

For some students, it can sometimes be a combination of a few things or it could be just one thing. For example, a student can be stressed over school, a lack of social life and relationships; and another student could be stressed over only homework. Every student has different challenges. However, I am here to let you know that you’re not the only one. I have gone through some of these things and I am still getting stressed over some other things. Being a student is not easy but there are some ways to overcome some of these things.

  • GET SUFFICIENT SLEEP
    As a student you get so much work from school that sometimes 24 hours is not enough time to get all of these done. As a result, you sacrifice your sleeping time which is totally understandable but not good for you at all. Some students don’t even have the time to rest their eyes for at least 30 minutes. Some could argue that that they do not have even 20 minutes to spare because they have school, homework, and are probably also working part-time. But my advice to you is to create time because functioning in a sleep-deprived state puts you at a distinct disadvantage. You may find it difficult to learn, you may find that when your brain is tired and you are trying to study you don’t seem to understand what you’re reading, you are less productive, and you’re definitely going to be ‘a risk behind the wheel’.  Have a goal to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night or take an hour or two to nap because your body especially your eyes and brain need rest and you will realize that when you do these, you will be operating at a better level.
  • LISTEN TO MUSIC
    I do this a lot. I always have my earpiece on me because I know I could get stressed at anytime and when I do, I just must turn on my music to help me relax. But you must listen to the type of music that suits your current mental state. For example, you cannot be having a migraine and then you tune in to some loud music or you may be lacking ideas and need your creative juices to flow; as you write a report you cold listen to pop music or any medium tempo music and if you are having problems focusing as you study, you could play some classical music or ballads. That is, if music does not distract you instead of inspiring you.
  • BE ORGANIZED
    Clutter can cause stress, decrease productivity, and even cost you money. Many students live in a cluttered place, and this can have negative effect on their school performance. One way to reduce the amount of stress that you experience is to keep minimalist, soothing study area that is free of distractions and clutter. This can help lower stress levels, save time in finding lost items, and keep roommate relationships more positive. It can also help students gain a positive feeling about their study area, which helps with test prep and encourages more studying. It is worth the effort.
  • NEVER PROCRASTINATE
    Never ever leave any homework, project or reading to the last minute. It just causes you unnecessary stress. If you get homework from your English class on Monday and it is due next week Monday, this means you have till the weekend to get it done right? But you were also given accounting, chemistry and math that are due on Thursday and Friday respectively which means they need to be ready before your English right? Then you have this final research project due next week Monday along with your English. You do not ignore your English and start your accounting that was given to you on Tuesday and due on Thursday because it is due earlier than the others. For any homework you receive, you should start it on the same day, and strive to get a draft on the same day. The earlier you get it done the more time you have to study, relax and do other things. So, when you start with your English homework the day you were given and try to finish it that same day, you would be saving on time for your research project. Now your accounting, chemistry and math which are due on Thursday and Friday when done the same day you were given, in the end allows you more time to tackle the research project, and to read over the assignments done earlier before submission. You see that in the end, you’ll have all assignments ready by the weekend and don’t have to rush any homework because you see, if you place yourself in  a situation where you have to rush to finish your tasks, the quality of your work will not be as good as when you spend quality time on them.

Trust me, I’ve been there! I remember one time when I left my English essay to the last minute and had to stay up all night to get it done. I ended up finishing it the next morning before class, and ended up with a D+ which was super disappointing because I was very familiar with the material I was working with, and I knew my writing skills were good enough. But had I started earlier, following what I am sharing now, I would have made the time to review my task with a fresh mind, and improve my work before submission and gotten a better grade. That was a lesson learnt.

I hope these will help you have a stress-free school life, and help you manage your stress better.

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