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Stress : How it happens and how to overcome it ?

By Tharini

Stress is the natural response the human body gives to challenges. Students are exposed to stress by various factors. When a student undergoes chronic stress or high stress levels, their ability to learn, memorize and post good academic performances can be interfered with regardless of their age or grade. Stress can also make a student experience poor mental, emotional, and physical health. Teachers and parents may help students avoid chronic stress in their lives if they learn about and develop a good understanding of common stressors. Stress in students may have serious harmful effects and thus needs to be addressed.

One of the causes of stress in students is poor sleeping habits. Compared to students who get plenty of sleep, students who do not get enough sleep at night or lack healthy sleeping habits are likely to develop stress. Enough sleep allows the brain and body of a student to relax and recharge. It also helps in ensuring that the immune system remains strong.

Stress also makes students to have poor management skills. A student could become disorganized and uncertain about their priorities and goals as a result of suffering from high levels of stress. This could further make them incapable of effectively budgeting and managing their time. Moreover, highly stressed students have the tendency of procrastinating and neglecting such important responsibilities as meeting deadlines and completing assignments. This, of course, negatively impacts the quality of their academic work and study skills

Now let’s look into very simple stress management techniques which can actually help you to recover easily and quickly.

  • Sleep: Students, with their packed schedules, are notorious for missing sleep. Unfortunately, operating in a sleep-deprived state puts you at a distinct disadvantage. Don’t neglect your sleep schedule. Aim to get at least 8 hours a night and take power naps when you need them.
  • Visualization: can help you calm down, detach from what’s stressing you, and turn off your body’s stress response.

You can also use visualizations to prepare for presentations and score higher on tests by vividly seeing yourself performing just as you’d like to. (In simple words day dreaming in with positive elements.)

  • Exercise: one of the healthy and best way to blow away stress is to get into regular physical activity.
  • Music: A convenient stress reliever that has also shown many cognitive benefits, music can help you to relieve stress and either calm yourself down or stimulate your mind as your situation warrants.
  • Organization: It’s a fact that clutter causes stress, and can decrease productivity and even cost you money! Many students live in a cluttered place and even have cluttered study areas, and this can have negative effects on grades. One way to reduce the amount of stress that you experience as a student is to keep a minimalist, soothing study area that’s free of distractions and clutter.

This can keep stress levels low while studying, can save time in finding lost items, and keep roommate relationships more positive. It can also help students gain a positive feeling about their study area, which can help with test prep and encourage more studying. Trust me, It’s worth the effort! Just try only once!

Positive thinking: Did you know that optimists actually experience better circumstances, in part, because their way of thinking helps to create better circumstances in their lives? It’s true! The habit of optimism and positive thinking can bring better health, better relationships, and, yes, better grades.

In our next article we will tell you how to train your brain for more positive self-talk and a brighter future with affirmations and other tools for optimism.

Until then stay tuned.
With Love and Best wishes
The Student Press.(TSP)


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