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Stress: a specific response by the body to a stimulus, as fear or pain, that disturbs or interferes with the normal physiological equilibrium of an organism. [link]
What’s student life without stress? Examinations, assignments, projects, tests, quizzes, homework, presentations love triangles.. the list goes on and on!
With the responsibilities that we have to manage as students, it can be all too easy to suffer burnout as a result of stress. Thus, it’s important for every one of us to know how to manage stress effectively to prevent it from becoming the negative driving force in our lives.
Here are five easy and effective ways to manage stress in your lives!
1. Manage your time effectively
Good stress management almost always begins with good time management. Keep a running schedule of all the important things on your calendar, like assignment submissions and tests. That way, at one glance you’ll always know what needs to be done first. It will help you a lot, especially later on when you have to handle multiple things at once.
2. Talk about your problems
We all have friends and family who are more than willing to listen when we need it. Whether its because you’re seeking their opinion on your problem or just need a place to rant, they are the ones to whom you should speak. Even though they may not be able to directly help us, they can still provide advice and moral support. Best of all are those who can help us and are willing to do so. So don’t be afraid to speak up.
3. Write up a to-do list
Sometimes simply knowing what needs to be done next can clear up a lot of stress. Write down on a small piece of paper the things you need to get done. Attach important details like whether or not it needs to be submitted soon, and if you have any friends working with you on the same project. This will help you get organized by showing you which tasks need to be prioritized over others. Once you’ve made that to-do list, put it up on a wall or a notice board near you, and stick to it!
4. Distract yourself
Having hobbies and interests provides some stress relief caused by your academics. Choose between outdoor and indoor activities, be it sports like soccer or jogging, or more extreme challenges like mountain biking or rock climbing, or games like checkers and video games. Pick one (or more!), set aside a time for it, then use that time away from work and feel the tension burn away!
5. Remember to breathe
Slaving away without breaks could result in shoddy work and poor results. Every half to one hour or so, step away from your work and stretch those muscles. Enjoy a drink or some snacks. Step out for a minute and take in the fresh air. The human body is not meant to be working constantly for too long, so make sure you take short, frequent breaks. Just remember not to go overboard with them though.
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Stress can be a good thing in moderate quantities. It gives us motivation and drive to succeed, helps our brain fire on all cylinders, and encourages competition and innovation. However, too much of it can be severely detrimental to our physical, mental and emotional health, so it must be managed effectively. To quote Edgar Bergen:
“Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?”