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Stress is not always a bad thing. Stress can motivate you or allow you to tap into your creativity. It is how you handle your stress and how you allow it to impact you that is important. I recommend you de-stress by taking your situation and looking at it objectively. If it seems to large of a task to tackle, break it down into smaller, more manageable task. Next, do not let yourself become overwhelmed with stress. Understand that is is perfectly normal and sometimes good to feel anxious or nervous. Self talk is really beneficial in managing stress. I like to remind myself that it is "not the end of the world" and that I capable of doing just about anything I want to do. It might sound cliche but it really works for me. I work in a environment most find VERY stressful.
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Stress is sometimes unavoidable for college students. The best advice I can give is to schedule your work and playtime. One should always take breaks or you will get burned out. I have seen many classmates in college get stressed out in including myself. I would stop doing work and go for a walk/jog and come back to my homework. Other students I knew had scheduled gym classes they took like meditation or yoga and it helped them distress. Another tip I strongly recommend is for you to make sure you get plenty of rest. Some of my students will do marathons where they would be up 3 or 4 days with little to no sleep. Please do not do this. If there is a time you fall behind in your studies, make sure you do what you can to catch up but do not push yourself. My last tip for you would be to avoid energy drinks! Again, I have seen many fellow students drink these to stay awake but they always crashed. I avoided them because I have seen what they did to my friends. They can't concentrate, they get jitters, and they do not sleep properly.
I hope you have a successful educational experience and use the advice everyone has provided for you. Good luck and be safe!
I enjoying working out and staying organized. Organization really helps me to see that my task aren't that overwhelming. The can be broken down and accomplished in steps.
Stress is part of life and a life-long stress management plan is the best way to tackle it.
Likely it will be different for each person, but here are some things that help combat stress for me:
Getting 8 hours of sleep
Daily exercise, even if it's just a walk
Eating whole foods
Talking with friends
Playing with my kids
If you take care of your body (the first 4 things on the list) you are much more equipped to deal with stress in a calm way.
I try avoid stress but it is very hard in today's world. I always take care of issues as they arise and do not push them under the rug. I believe In this life there are solutions to everything we are faced with. Some things take more effort and perseverance. I try to eat healthy and exercise. I love to dance and listen to music. Its amazing how your favorite song can uplift your mood.
To avoid stress, I actually schedule "downtime" -- periods where I have nothing to accomplish -- into every day. Even a few minutes spent this way helps tremendously.
The obvious answer is going to the gym. but hobbies also work. doing puzzels that make you think. creative fiction writing can take you to another place, or time, where there is no stress. going out to a place to dance, or even walking downtown and window shop...all seem to work.
I think your friends can help you de-stress. It might feel good to tell them what is causing your stress and seeing if they have any advice. Sometimes just talking about it makes you feel better. Usually you will find that your friends are experiencing the same stresses too, so you can all work through it together. You can even de-stress together by talking about it while taking a walk.
It's really not possible to avoid stress in the first place, unfortunately. Anything where you have to stretch yourself to get things done (which means you are growing), will cause some stress for you. The key is to know about it and know how to handle it so that it doesn't wear you out or flip you out. Meditation is one of the best ways to calm yourself and let go of stress. There's also yoga, massage therapy, talking to a counselor, riding your bike, swimming, jogging, getting out in nature, drawing and painting, writing poetry or writing in a journal, going out with friends, etc. But I think to really get a handle on it, some form of meditation is best, because it helps you to know yourself, to learn about what causes you stress in particular. Once you know how and when you experience stress, you can begin to learn how to let it go. There are lots of sources on the internet - free meditation samples, etc. - that can help you with that. Good luck!