Stress means the feeling of being tense. This tension, or stress, can come from any event that you dread, want to avoid, or are nervous about. Everyone feels stressed. It’s natural, but it certainly degrades the quality of life. While stress, in a way can prove useful for you, such as to provide motivation for a deadline, nobody likes the feeling. In today’s fast-paced world, where everything has a fast-approaching deadline, stress is bound to control our lives. Be it a student or a teacher, an executive or a parent; everyone has his or her fair share of stress.
However, with the practice of correct relaxation techniques and practices, stress levels can be greatly reduced in no time. It is important to manage stress, otherwise, it can hamper with your life in no time. Stress and its management are different for different people, but dangerous to all.
Students become one of the most common targets of stress. They feel the need to prove their worth to their parents, family as well as society. On top of that, they are required to study for numerous hours a day, meet deadlines for assignments, meet and manage their expenses, as well as deal with social pressure and what not. Stress in students, when accumulates over time can be dangerous. If you are a student dealing with stress, here are some tips that can help you curb your stress.
Managing your time is perhaps the best thing you can do. Time is something that should be spent wisely. Having a schedule for your day will provide you with adequate time for all activities, and allow you to take breaks every now and then to relax your mind. This will let you divide your time efficiently, and you will be able to give time to work, rest, study and your family as well.
Avoid negative thoughts
Having a positive mindset helps one in all stages of his life. Mental stress always follows negative thoughts. Not only negative thoughts but over thinking about things tends to stress you out as well. Instead of worrying, try to be positive and not think about the past or the future. You are living in the present, think about the present, and think positive.
Give time to your family and friends.
Talking to people you are close to will reduce your stress and relieve your mind. Try to spend at least thirty minutes with your friends or members of your family a day. Not only will it help you reduce your stress and distract your mind, but also prevent you from feeling lonely.
Exercising, while great in itself, is a brilliant way to reduce stress. Exercising not only lowers cortisol, the stress hormone but also encourages the production of endorphins, which make you feel better. You do not need to go to the gym, even a walk will be enough. Go out, get some fresh air and distract yourself.
Take a small nap
Sleep deprivation is bad for concentration and tends to increase your stress. Taking a short nap, or a power nap will help you catch up on sleep as well as refresh you. However, make sure you do not sleep for too long; otherwise, your mood will worsen once you wake up, and you might even get a headache.
Focus on your breathing. When under stress, you often lose your ability to think clearly. Focusing on your breathing is a great way to calm yourself down, and helps relieve stress in a short amount of time.
Get to work, and remove distractions
It’s easy to lose track of what you’re doing and start procrastinating. Everyone does it, and it wastes a lot of valuable time. However, this can be avoided. The best way to avoid procrastinating and get to work is to remove distractions from sight. When you are studying in a room that is messy, or on an overly crowded table, you are more likely to procrastinate. Study in a clean, organized environment and your focus levels will drastically raise.
Another thing you can do is to study the difficult topics first. Once you get the difficult portion out of the way, you will breeze through the rest, and reduce the chances of you procrastinating.
Stress levels in students tend to skyrocket during exam times. All you need to do is prepare well and believe in yourself. Stressing will not be fruitful in any manner. All the best!