Coping with the stresses of student life: Tips from a 2nd year
University and stress are two words that go together like hand in hand, cheek to cheek, shoulder to shoulder, like butter... you get the gist. Point is, as students we are faced with all sorts of deadlines, pressure and stress. How we cope with these situations day in and day out can really make a difference.
Being a second-year Biomedical Science student in itself qualifies me as a master in this field; so, here are some pro tips that I've used in order to help keep my life together as a student.
Firstly ... remember it's okay to feel stressed. In fact, it's natural to stress. It's a feeling designed to help you cope in challenging situations and pushes you to work hard and do your best, including in exams.
Things that can help you with stress...
1. Eating Well
Eating a good, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health. Having a balanced diet helps you to feel your best and tackle anything that comes to you.
2. Getting enough sleep
It's a known fact that students don't sleep. However, getting enough sleep can help you in many ways, being well-rested means you have more energy and are more willing to work towards your goals for the day. If you have difficulty sleeping, try to sleep at regular times, put your phone away from your bed or even try some bedtime yoga!
Life motto: catch them zzzs... not feelings.
3. Taking it easy
Learn to relax. If you find yourself in a stressful situation, try to focus on something outside yourself, or switch off by watching TV or chatting to someone.
4. Working smarter, not harder
Working smarter means prioritising your work, concentrating on the tasks that'll make a real difference. Leave the least important tasks to last. Accept that your tray will always be full. Don't expect it to be empty at the end of the day.
5. Being Positive
The most important one is to try and stay positive, look for the positives in life, and things for which you're grateful. Try to be a glass half full instead of a glass half empty. Accept the things you can't change, changing a difficult situation isn't always possible.
Top Tip: try to concentrate on the things you do have control over, or try writing down 3 things that went well, or for which you're grateful at the end of every day.
Together let's rise above stress. Can we do it?
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”
– William James
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