Keep Stress in Check
The key to coping with stress is being aware of your personal tolerance levels for different types of stress. You must either let go of or change situations that cause you stress. Some of the following suggestions may help immediately, but if your stress is constant, it may require you to make lifestyle changes or visit your counseling center for support.
- Focus on time management. Plan ahead to make sure you’ve scheduled enough time for your schoolwork and other obligations. A little planning can have a huge impact on your stress level.
- Take one thing at a time. When you are overwhelmed – deal with one urgent task at a time. When that's done, move on to the next.
- Be realistic. If you're overwhelmed with school, you may have to say “No,” to certain extracurricular activities. Don’t be pressured into taking on more than you can handle.
A survey by mtvU and The Jed Foundation found that 63% percent of students had been so stressed that they couldn’t do their schoolwork at some point during the last semester.
- Meditate. Five to ten minutes of quiet reflection can bring some relief. If you're having a stressful day, find a quiet place to breathe deep for a few minutes or go for a quick walk to clear your mind.
- Exercise. Thirty minutes of physical activity per day helps both body and mind.
- Take a break. Sometimes you just have to take a break and do something you enjoy.
- Share your feelings. Don't try to cope alone. Let friends and family provide support and guidance.
- Be flexible. Whether you're at school or home, conflict only increases stress. If you feel you're right, stand your ground, but do so calmly and rationally. Be prepared to make allowances for other people's opinions and to compromise.
Sources used in this article: mtvU / Jed Foundation and AP College Stress and Mental Health Poll
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