I’d like to think I’m a relatively calm person. I’m as calm as a teenage student can be in life, really. But, I know a lot of people who are the opposite of me and completely fall under the pressure of stress. I really know how to handle stress because I used to stress out about every little thing a lot. I’ve grown out of this though; I learnt how to deal with it.
We are roughly 4 months into our academic year and for most of us, it means we’re half way through our coursework, finished a module and are preparing for exams. Wow, time really does go by so fast, especially for first-years, like me, who aren’t so used to the speed at which college moves at. And that is why I decided to give you all pointers on how to deal with stress.
1. Time Management
Starting college, time management was a phrase that was thrown at me a lot, and genuinely, I actually believe it’s one of the things that will single-handedly carry you all the way through college. Time management is something that will drastically lower your stress levels, by at least half (not exactly scientifically proven). Give priority to the subjects or topics you know you’re not as strong in, but don’t give them too much attention or you’ll start to slack in the other subjects or topics that you know you’re good at. It’s all a balance, really.
2. Be Strict with Yourself
Okay, let’s say you’ve been eating a lot and you’re starting to put on weight, what is the solution? You have to become strict with yourself, you have to say no when you’re offered that second donut from Sainsbury, or you have to say no when you know you’ve eaten Chinese for lunch 3 times that week alone. If you don’t say no to yourself and follow it through, you can’t really blame anyone for the consequences. Likewise, you need to know when to put your phone off (for some of us, me included, putting your phone on silent and away from us isn’t really enough) and do that homework you have been ignoring for days. You need to know when to log off Twitter or Facebook (Facebook is dead, by the way. Please don’t hate me) and open that revision guide. At the end of the day, if you haven’t made the necessary effort to work, you can’t blame anyone if you don’t do well.
3. Take a Break, Have a Kit-Kat
Honestly, this is literally the most obvious thing in the world, yet people will still forget it. We as human beings tend to need rests, so why do students feel like they are invincible? Guys, take my word for it, working until you explode really doesn’t help you or anyone else. Learn to sleep at a particular time – that really does help, believe it or not. A lot of teenagers go to sleep extremely late, and that’s completely depends on you, but if you set a specific time that you go to bed, no matter how late, your body and mind gets used to that. Your body and mind then begin to recognise when to rest and relax and when to work.
Paula Melissa xx