Managing your Stress

 

As you work towards getting that most important qualification, you are going to get stressed out sometimes. If you don't deal with this stress, it could affect your health, happiness, and your grades. 

We all have our own ways of dealing with stress. When you feel really overwhelmed, depressed or sad because your are stressed, it means that you need to work on your ability to cope with it.

Stress can affect your sleep patterns, your diet, and your ability to exercise. The more you work, the more you need to learn ways to deal with it.  

If this continues, it could mean that you drop out of college or you develop mental health problems. 

The most common causes of stress for students include:

  • Worries about attending college

  • ​Not coping with homework and assignments

  • ​Family challenges

  • ​Transitions - leaving school

  • Living by yourself or with friends

  • Friendships and romantic relationships

  • Not being able to pay bills

  • Finding or keeping part time work

Many students know they need to deal with their stress, but with all of the study responsibilities you have, sometimes it's really difficult to find the time to take part in stress relieving activities. Here are some suggestions that could help you.

1. Get Organised

As a student, it's really important that you get organised from Day One. If you know what is expected of you as a student at Westminster Kingsway College and you prepare for the challenges ahead, you should feel less stressed during the year. 

Also, it would be useful if you could keep the area where you study and complete your assignments free from distractions and clutter. It may help you to feel positive and actually encourage you to study. 

2. Get Enough Sleep

Staying awake all night on your mobile phones means that you could start missing sleep. This could mean that you become 'sleep-deprived' 

Being in a sleep-deprived state puts you at a disadvantage when it comes to studying. You're less productive, and you find it difficult to learn. 

Don't neglect your sleep. Aim to get at least 8 hours a night and take naps if you are at home during the day if you need them.

3. Exercise regularly

One of the easiest ways of reducing your stress is to get regular exercise. This could mean taking regular long walks, jogging, running, swimming, cycling, dancing, gym workouts, doing yoga or attending exercise classes. Start now, start exercising with a friend. It will help you live longer and enjoy your life more.

4. Eat a Healthy Diet

You probably don't realise it but what you eat can either boost your brainpower or start to eat away at your mental energy. 

A healthy diet is a great stress management technique. It can keep you away from diet-related mood swings, light-headedness and many other things. 

5. Listen to Music

 

Listening to music can either calm you down or stimulate your mind. Evidence shows that classical music, especially baroque, can help you study. Upbeat music can wake you up mentally. Slow melodies can help you relax.  

6. Try Positive Thinking

Optimists are people who thinking positively about the future. Optimists enjoy a positive life because they actually create better life circumstances for themselves. Being optimistic and having positive thoughts can bring better health, better relationships and better grades. 

Positive affirmations are positive statements you say to yourself. You should learn how positive affirmations and be great for creating an optimistic outlook on life. There are lots of videos on YouTube which can help you to develop this skill.