A lot high school and university students are dealing with tremendous amount of stress that comes with trying to pursue a competitive goal, student burnout is not just limited to undergraduate studies, the preliminary data suggests that 37 percent of students meet the criteria for student burnout according to CMA journal, there will be better support structures placed in schools, but it is imperative that you start honing your skills at managing stress and dealing with heavy academic workload earlier on.
Now I can’t say that my advice will apply to everyone because people have different causes of stress, different levels too, and you’d know what works best for you, but I always appreciate it as an undergraduate student when an older student told me how they cope with stress and that’s what I’m time to achieve today.
1 – The foundations Matter
First thing that I would like to say is that foundations matter, when i played basketball my coach would always tell me to practice foundations before doing any flashy moves, same thing applies here you know that when you eat well sleep well seek out support and help from your friends or from an organization or counselors or that you stay organized or do not procrastinate, then you’d feel much better and have a better script on managing stress than you would otherwise.
So I could sit here and try to explain why all those things are good for you but you already know, so I’m not going to spend too much time on that in fact, I would much rather explain my thought process around stress management and some of the tools that I use and for me stress management.
2 – Analyse Your Day
starts with being productive, before I go to bed, I would try to analyze how my day was, was it a productive day and if it was I would have this sense of fulfillment, for example if I got a good mark on a test that I worked hard on, or I accomplished a great deal of work that day, and I would try to remind myself of that potential that I have and try to accomplish exactly that the next day. on the other hand if I had an unproductive day I would think about what led me to that decreased productivity, and try not to repeat that the next day, I would take note of that feeling that I have, that terrible feeling and try to use it as a deterrence if I want to procrastinate the next day,
3 – Write Things Down
when there are a million things that you have to do and then you’re constantly thinking about them when you’re studying or doing something else, I would write everything down on my notebook on my phone or laptop, that way I don’t have to think about them constantly and I wouldn’t have to worry about forgetting them.
4 – Stop Procrastinate
I recognized my behavior pattern of something that I call spiral of procrastination, it’s basically when I would take a five minute break go on Facebook, watch two or three videos, or look at five memes, which turn into 300 memes, and 20 videos, and after an hour I would feel absolutely terrible, i feel that way i don’t want to do work and the procrastination ensues. on the other hand when I start studying and break studying into 40-minute chunks, and accomplish one after the other, I get in this zone of focus where I’m not distracted, which gets me ultra productive.
So having recognized these behavioral patterns, there are two things that I would do to break out of the spiral of procrastination first thing is to prevent myself from going into the spiral in the first place is to not get into social media no matter what, you know those websites are built to keep in with infinite scrolling, so i limit my access to one hour or so in the end of day once i finished my work. second thing that I would do is to do a hard reset, whether that be taking a shower or going for a quick walk to get in the zone of focus, I would go to a coffee shop early in the morning throw my headphones and start studying right away, keeping up with my iCalendar and try to follow that schedule as the day progresses, after all of that, I can go home and relax without worrying or stressing about what I need to accomplish that day.
5 – Stay Organized
I recognize what I can and cannot control, and remind myself to put things in perspective, uncertainty causes stress in students, not knowing how well you will do on a test, or not knowing whether you are going to get into a certain program of your choice, think about what you can do and what lies outside of your power I take small steps each day to accomplish a bigger goal in the end and outside of that, I try not to worry too much about it, if I do my best to stay organized, take a break from studying, clean up your house, do your dishes, do your laundry, plan for the week ahead, figure out the test schedules and assignment schedules, the less I Club up my mind with distractions the more freedom I have to do anything without stress and feeling breakdowns.
6 – Stay Positive
lastly I try to minimize negative thoughts, complaints or breakdowns, nobody wants to hear you complain and break down all the time, maybe once in a while you can meet up with a friend and vent, and I used to do this all the time in undergraduate studies, but it’s not healthy for your friends or for yourself, in my studies you have to be on top of your game to get the work done.
I hope these were helpful you know what works for you the best, keep doing things that make you happy and less stressed in the chaotic lives that you live as student, ace your finals, Thanks for reading