Stress Management

Being a student can get you feeling fatigued by a demanding class schedule, work, and active social life.
If we do not do things to recharge our bodies it can lead to a vicious cycle where we feel worse about ourselves and taking care of ourselves takes second fiddle to everythig else.

Follow these tips to keep you from falling into that funk and maintain your mental health and energy levels:

  • Eat your fruits and vegetables!! Grab a banana for breakfast, snack on apple slice or granola bara between meals. Eat frequent, spread out meals in small doses. This way, when lunch and dinnertime roll around your are not stuffing as much food as possible into your stomach. This will increase your metabolism and ease the workload on your digestive system, eliminating food coma we typically experience mid-afternoon, which can really wreck your workflow.
  • Get plenty of rest! You need at least 7 hours of sleep to be functional, 8+ hours is ideal. Don't drink caffeine before bed and remove the television from the bedroom. You have to trick your mind into the bedtime mentality and if you watch TV in bed your mind associates the bed with time to watch your favorite shows. You need your rest to dominate the day ahead.
  • Exercise, even if for only 20 minutes. Any form of exercise will increase bloodflow and oxygen distribution to the brain. Exercising keeps you looking good and keeps you feeling good. It's also a great way to distract your mind for the time being and allow you to sort through your personal thoughts.
  • Having someone you can get notes from or form study groups with is a great benefit for you and everyone involved. Don't be afraid to make friends in your classes! If you miss class for any reason, having someone you can get the notes you missed is an invaluable asset. Also, study groups make studying more of an interactive activity rather than a chore.
  • Priorities, set them and stick to them! Being an academic your #1 priority is your schoolwork, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't have fun. Getting away from the books periodically allows you to clear your head and socialize. Do your book work BEFORE going to parties!! If you procrastinate you will be rushing to meet the deadlines and submitting subpar work. You were able to get into the university and you can do better than that!
  • Be like the squirrel! Take large tasks and break them into small manageable loads. How do you think the squirrel is able to store away all that food for the winter? If you have to read 10 chapters set a time limit for two chapters, then break for a few minutes. Write down what you learned. Go into the next set time the same way. Breaking things down into small chunks will help you smash the task at hand. Let that momentum build up and don't slow down until you're done!!!

Success is about doing small things consistently to improve your own skills and knowledge. People get overwhelmed by the big picture and that's where the stress and discouragement happens. Ignore the big picture and put your best foot forward in whatever you do. Focus your energies on the small things you can control and the big picture will bring itself into focus. Genuine effort leads to results, if you focus on effort, success will start finding you.

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