Stress changes everything we do, from the enjoyment we get out of our careers all the way up to the impact education has on our lives. When you’re completely stressed out, you don’t have the right environment for learning to take place. Of course, there are solutions available to combat stress and not let it take over your life.
1. Get Enough Sleep
There’s something students need to do more of, and we’re not talking about studying. We’re talking about sleep, and students need to get a lot more sleep than what they’re experiencing currently. Four hours of sleep might be good for a very small part of the population, but most of us really still need eight to ten hours of sleep. This downtime is required by the body in order to produce key hormones and help burn fat.
You should try to sleep in a dark room with as little light as possible. And try not to fall asleep to movies on your phone. The light on your phone, tablet, or computer can affect the type of sleep you receive.
2. Find Safe Friends
A safe friend is someone that you feel comfortable with talking about your problems without being judged. A lot of people are judgmental, and the school process doesn’t make it any easier. It’s a competitive environment where some people will exploit your weaknesses in order to get ahead. That’s unfortunate, but the good news is that this doesn’t apply to everyone. You just need to make sure that you find someone you can talk to.
Most universities do offer some counseling, which you can use while you build relationships. The right person will come along, because we all can use a safe shoulder to cry on, so to speak. School can be really difficult, and the pressure is on to do well so you’ll have a great career.
When you do find a great friend you can confide in, it’s important to make sure the conversation goes both ways. Check on them once in a while, even if they say they’re okay. Take the time to memorize the names of the people that matter specifically to them. Learn more about their life, the highs and the lows. That makes them feel like you really care about them, and that you’re not just using them to heal your wounds.
3. Get Organized
Having things organized goes a long way in reducing your stress. Let’s face it: as students we have a tendency to do things at the last minute. Well of course things are going to be stressful; you feel like you’re always running out of time! Instead of waiting till the last minute, you need to try to schedule things in such a way where you’re doing a little bit each and every day. This helps you stay organized and not feel so pressured.
Getting a planner is also a good idea. When you have a planner, you can take time to sit down and schedule your day. A good planner can go with you everywhere you go. You don’t have to get an old school planner if you don’t want to do so. You can always go and get a nice app to manage your schedule. This would send alerts and reminders to your phone at times that you set.
Overall, reducing stress is something that we have to focus on for the long term. If you follow the tips in this guide though, it’s highly likely that you’ll be back in balance long before you know it!