Emotional Health – Importance of Stress

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How to deal with stress in your studies

Managing your stress levels during study

One thing that’s a part of every students life within tertiary study is stress- it’s inevitable! We’re constantly bombarded with exams, assignments and deadlines no wonder we’re always worrying and procrastinating 24/7. Managing stress as a student is difficult as we’re juggling jobs along with our education, worrying about our marks/assessment items and our future! How scary can these thoughts be especially when sometimes we tend to overthink e.v.e.rythingggg!??! Being a student is overwhelming that’s for sure. Every “free time” we have is used to further enhance our CV (Internships, work experiences, making plans for your future) instead of, relaxing and rewarding yourself from all of your academic achievements.

We often neglect our emotional health and the importance of stress during these nerve-racking times which can cause detrimental effects in the long run. Some say it’s impossible to have a stress free life. As a student myself I can relate to majority of the problems that is encountered while completing my tertiary studies. In saying that, it IS possible to live in a stress free environment by finding ways that are suitable for us to combat stress. Balancing your study and personal life is fundamental to emotional health. If we try to continuously study, stay up late writing assignments and work all day our health would be in critical danger due to nonstop pressure and fatigue.

Let’s be honest here. If you’re not studying or completing assessments do you feel guilty and ashamed for not doing so? If you answered yes it’s perfectly normal for a student to feel this way! There’s been multiple times where I’ve worried myself sick for not studying and questioning myself “What is my life?” and “IS THIS WHAT I WANT TO STUDY???”. However planning and organising your schedule does make a difference and reduces stress within your lifestyle. Preparing when and what time you allocate yourself to complete tasks is beneficial!

Offer yourself rewards by incorporating break times which give you the opportunity to relax and get your mind refreshed once you return. Combining other recreational or ‘non study activities’ is great to use your break time effectively and reduce stress! Playing sport, watching TV, reading, hanging out with friends and going for a walk are simple and fun activities that will give you a valuable break from your academic tasks. Yoga and meditation is highly recommended in reducing stress as you learn breathing techniques that make you relaxed and calm. With innovative technology and social media becoming a part of our day to day lifestyle, it’s important to know how long we’re spending time with our faces glued to our screens. Limiting our social media usage is crucial as it can lead to more stress as we’re often comparing ourselves with online users and asking “Why can’t I have their life” or “Why can’t I be better”.

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Consequently managing stress is vital for a healthy body and mind. Too much stress can lead to negative outcomes including headaches, high blood pressure, chest pains, stomach aches and troubles with sleeping. Treating stress now will reduce long term outcomes such as strokes, heart attacks and reduce the risk of diabetes. Laughter is truly the best medicine as it boosts your mood as stress is relieved when laughing! If you are suffering from stress don’t feel embarrassed and seek help from your friends, family or your guidance counselor. Surrounding yourself with positivity and loved ones will help defuse stress and make your life easier. All of your goals can be achieved without stress if you pace yourself and discover methods that help you to reduce stress.

 

Article By Anja Botic

References:
http://www.theguardian.com/education/mortarboard/2013/nov/06/students-ten-ways-to-beat-stress
http://www.helpguide.org/articles/emotional-health/laughter-is-the-best-medicine.htm
http://www.healthline.com/health/stress/effects-on-body
http://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/effects-of-stress-on-your-body