Earning your degree can be difficult and does require a challenging level of commitment. Some parts of the semester can be more challenging than others and can feel like you have everything pilled on all at once. Our best piece of advice: don’t stress, do your best. Here are some tips for avoiding and dealing with stress.
Be engaged in class
When you attend class, make sure that you are present in mind and body. Pay attention, ask questions and actively take notes in your own words for easier comprehension. This is a great way to avoid stress around test time. If you have consistently gone to class, taken notes and actively participated in discussion you will be more prepared for tests on the front end and won’t have to start from scratch learning the material.
Laugh out loud
Truly, laughter is the best medicine. The Mayo Clinic reports that laughing out loud increases oxygen and blood flow, which automatically reduces stress. Manage your time effectively to fit in small times where you break away from stressful tasks. Make time for yourself, log out of Twitter and be with people who make you laugh.
Sleep, exercise, eat
Making these three things a priority in your daily routine can greatly increase your overall quality of life. Not getting enough sleep can damage your physical and mental state resulting in an increase in stress. Exercise is a great way to relieve built up stress. It also releases endorphins and endorphins make you happy. Rounding these habits out with healthy eating will be the icing on the cake (or the dressing on the salad). Eating fresh ingredients and lots of fruit can make all the difference. When you’re busy and tired it can be tempting to grab pizza or a frozen meal, but cooking from scratch can be therapeutic and healthier.
Make time to pursue your passions
It may not seem reasonable between studying, class and work to squeeze in time for something you enjoy doing, but in the end you will be more productive. “Do something that feeds the peace of your soul in some way and stay connected with it,” J. David Forbes, a Nashville physician specializing in stress management, said in an article for everydayHEALTH. “It promotes the anti-stress physiology of your body.”
Managing stress is a necessary part of your life as a student. It is just as important as taking time to study or participate in a lab. Your personal health and happiness is part of your approach to a successful collage and professional career, use these tips to help get you there.