Handling College Stress
We’ve all been there: You feel like you’re juggling so many different stressors that the next thing to come along is going to push you over the edge.
A lot of times, things just pile on until it becomes too much to handle. Maybe you had to work an extra shift, which meant you to had to stay up all night studying and then you had an 8 a.m. class the next day. Throw in a few personal issues, and you may find yourself falling apart.
I’m going to share a few ideas to help you avoid getting so stressed out that you think about giving up.
When something happens that we aren’t prepared for or can’t control, we might want to give up and retreat. For example, your 10-page paper that you had saved on your hard drive somehow gets deleted or the drive is corrupted. Don’t panic. Just breathe and think about what you need to do.
The tendency for many people is to not even want to restart the assignment that got deleted. Yes, that is a tough situation, but you can overcome it. In life, you are going to go through certain trials and tribulations. If you stay calm and focused, there is no reason you can’t overcome it. I believe in you!
Have a Plan
It never hurts to have a plan.
We are more tech-savvy than previous generations, and we have more access to technology than ever before on an everyday basis. A good thing to do (it’s something I do every day) is set reminders on your phone.
Some people like planners, but I am the type of person who does both. If you have a test on Friday, a good idea is to set a reminder for Friday, but have the reminder start on Tuesday and go on throughout the week so that every time you pick up your phone you know that you have a test that you have to study for.
When I do it, my reminder will say “Study for ‘___’ test on Friday.”
Also, a good idea is to write things in your planner. When you see your reminder to study you can look at your planner where you wrote down the specific things that you need to study. This way, you can make sure you make the most efficient use of your time.
Take A Break
Sometimes, you just need a break from it all. Everything coming down on you at once can be very stressful.
Taking a break can clear your mind and give you the motivation to go back and finish up what you need to get done. Sometimes, that is all you need.
Coming back from a break, you can look at something differently than you did when you first started working on it. Most of the time you are thinking about so many things while you’re working on homework or studying that leaving and coming back to it can be refreshing.
Tough times don’t last, tough people do. Go be great!