Coping With Stress (For students)
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Christianah Omelazu again, on Coping With Stress. This post is a sequel to a previous post on coping with stress.
This post is a sequel to a previous post on coping with stress, the previous post contained 5 tips, the following tips are the concluding part.
6. Pick up the negotiables from your plate.
Review your daily and weekly activities to see what you can pick off your plate.
Are you volunteering for too many causes? Do you have to be at every one of those meetings?
God surely can show you what to do.
7. Are you leaving yourself extra vulnerable to stress?
If you’re not getting sufficient sleep or recreational activity during the week, you may be leaving yourself extra susceptible to stress.
When you’re sleep-deprived and filled to the brim with a caffeinated drink, even the smallest stressors can have a huge impact.
8. Preserve good boundaries.
Saying NO can make you feel bad but those few seconds of discomfort are well worth avoiding the stress of taking on an extra activity that most likely does not contribute value to your life.
9. Realize that there’s a difference between worrying and caring.
Sometimes, our mindset can boost stress, so a small issue mushrooms into a pile of problems. We continue worrying, somehow thinking that it is a productive response to stress and we mistake worry for action.
Worry is an attempt to exert control over the future by thinking about it, whereas caring is taking action.
Worry is a bad attempt at taking care of issues.
Philippians 4: 6-7 says it all.
10. Don’t Drown In Perfectionism.
Another mindset that can exacerbate stress is perfectionism. Trying to be mistake-free and essentially walking on eggshells is exhausting and anxiety-provoking. Talk about putting pressure on yourself!
We are growing to be perfect like Christ, by His help(an emphasis on that), aren’t we?
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure (KJV)
I hope you find these tips extremely helpful.
Again, I am Christianah Omelazu.