Stress Management Tips for Students
According to a 2013 survey by Nightlife Association, 65% of the students feel stressed. Anxiety and fear are the primary reasons for stress in a majority of the students. They have to deal with several things at once. Many students struggle to write assignments while trying to strike a balance between a part-time job and university schedule. During vacations, they worry about internships and think about the possible steps they should take to secure their future. The peer pressure and intense competition lead to stress and burnout.
If you are looking to live a better life, then the first thing you need to realize is that a stress-free mind is more creative and productive. Thus, if you want to achieve more in life, learn to live happy and stress-free. Here are five ways you can manage your stress well:
Don’t let your mind trick you
The brain is the most powerful element of our body. You can imagine almost anything within a fraction of seconds. Everything around us is the result of someone’s imagination. Thus, imagination is the biggest strength of the mind. The irony is, imagination is also its biggest weakness. The only difference is how you think and imagine. If you only think about positive events around you and have a firm belief in your abilities, then you will become a happy, confident and creative person. However, if you pay more attention to bad things or don’t feel good about yourself, then you will feel anxious and fearful. It also leads to worry and random thoughts. Due to fear or excessive worry, you will tend to indulge yourself into avoidable activities which will further compound your problems and anxiety.
Thus, when negativity of self-doubting thoughts creeps into your mind, tell yourself that you have the ability to find the best solution and you will do it when the time comes. Never let negativity influence your actions or relationships. Firmly believe in your strength and keep reminding yourself of the good things that you have done in the past.
Meditation is the exercise of the mind. It fills your mind with a lot of positive energy in a very subtle way. It is also quite easy to perform. You don’t need to buy a device or find the free time or a place to meditate. You can meditate at work, in university, or at your home. Just take 30 seconds out of your busy schedule and mediate. Learn breathing styles that create a proper flow of oxygen throughout the body. Of course, meditation doesn’t deliver results immediately. But try it for a month, and you will see a major reduction in your stress level. You will also feel more confident.
Regular physical activities are necessary to stay healthy and happy. If you don’t workout regularly, then it is time to start now. Start with walking or jogging for 10 minutes a day and gradually increase the duration to 30 minutes. Do it on a daily basis, especially on those days when you are feeling low or stressed. Keep aside all important tasks and maintain a healthy workout plan. You will see a huge difference in the way you think about yourself and the world. A regular exercise will lead to a healthy and content lifestyle.
We are living in a connected world. With a few taps, you can connect with your friends and acquaintances from across the world. We are also exposed to extensive information as well as misinformation. Multi-tasking has become a way of life. Many students attend phone calls, browse social media and watch videos while doing their research work. While all of these are very useful in many ways, it has also taken a toll on people's efficiency. It not only reduces the productivity but also destroys the ability of students to concentrate on one thing and hone their skills.
Frequent distractions also lead to mismanagement, a habit of instant gratification, stress, and burnout. Many times it makes people addicts of information consumption.
You need to get rid of all distractions and focus on your goals. You can improve focus by taking short breaks between studies. For instance, make a plan to study for 30 minutes and take a break of 5-10 minutes after that. During studies, keep your phone on silent mode, stay away from social media and avoid taking tea/coffee breaks. You can indulge in such activities during the break. It will help you improve focus while without sacrificing other things.
A focused mind will not only make you happy but also improves your efficiency dramatically.
Many students compromise on their sleep to save time. However, it proves to be counterproductive. A healthy sleep is essential for a healthy and happy life. Develop a habit of sound sleep. Schedule a time to go to bed and to get up in the morning. Sign off Facebook, Twitter and stop watching movies an hour before retiring to bed. Similarly, stay away from phone, laptops and TV screen in the first few hours of the day. It is crucial for your mental health and creative mind. Don’t let the media rule your thought process. Else, random thoughts and actions will keep you busy without getting any relevant work done. All these will deteriorate the quality of the sleep which will finally lead to higher level of stress. Thus, never compromise on the quality of sleep. Do everything possible to maintain a healthy and sound sleep.
High level of stress in students is a real challenge. It can't be avoided or left on the luck to deal with the issue. Otherwise it may lead to depression. Thus, work proactively to lead a life which is free from worries and burnout. And it is entirely possible if you try the tips mentioned in this article. You simply need to be persistent and push yourself to focus on things at hand. Start working on it from today and you will thank yourself a few years down the line.