Coping With Stress (For students)
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For many, the onset of a new session causes momentary tachycardia as adrenaline is pumped through the blood stream. Most times, what drives many is no longer the first desire to know and love Medicine and Surgery or Dental Surgery for what it is but the desperate need to pass the exams and graduate.
Stress is inevitable and a vital part of life but can also have hazardous effects on our health, emotional balance and general well-being, ask Hans Selye, the Canadian physiologist. If stress can have negative effects, it is important that we acquire the art of coping with stress.
Discussed below are ten tips that will prove to be useful in the proper management of stress.
- Figure out where the stress is coming from.
Many times it feels like we’re ambushed from all sides, and being overwhelmed, we are forced to duck in defense from the fiery arrows targeted at us from the various stressors. The truth is, we really aren’t good at ducking and so you should try to identify what exactly you are stressed about.
Is it a particular course, an upcoming exam or presentation, a dispute with a loved one or a heap of laundry? By getting specific and pinpointing the stressors, you are a step closer to getting organized and taking action.
2. Consider what you can control and work on that.
While you can’t choose what comes at you, you can control how you react, how you accomplish your work, how you spend your resources. Don’t try to control the uncontrollable things; you’ll only multiply your stress.
3. Do what you love.
Involving yourself in one or two recreational activities can serve as a nice way of letting off some steam acquired during the week.
4. Manage your time well.
You probably have lamented on how time is not enough but the days of whining should be over now. Realize that everything you do is your choice as we all have the same 168 hours every week.
5. Create A Toolbox Of Techniques.
One stress-shrinking technique used in a specific situation may not have the same potency in a different situation.
“What we need is a toolbox that’s full of techniques that we can fit and choose for the stressor in the present moment.” Richard Blonna, Ed.D, a nationally certified coach, counselor, and author.
I am Christianah Omelazu, on Coping with stress.