Term papers on the left, part-time job on the right, and relationships in between—these are just common stressors for any student. Do you often feel anxious? Suffer from pains in the head or at the back? Do you have a trouble sleeping and colds and flu have become your frequent visitors? Then, you might be one of the many students who are showing symptoms of stress.
Life as a student can be exciting. You are going to learn so many things at school, which makes it enriching. You will also have the opportunity to meet so many people, whether they are mentors, friends, and classmates. But it can also be stressful. Fortunately, stress is something that people can successfully overcome, given that there are channels to reduce it. After all, stressors will not go away—you just have to respond to them healthily. Below are five ways to cope up with stress.
- Healthy Diet:Let’s state the obvious: being a student requires a good memory to beat all those mind-boggling exams and this is why ‘brain foods’ can help. For memory, try DHA-rich diet that can be mainly obtained from fish. Fruits, particularly citrus, are also packed with vitamins for your body to resist common colds and flu. Want to add hydration and relaxation to what you drink? Choose warm, soothing tea over that sugar-loaded soda!
- Peer Support:Students and the stress they have been undergoing have created an interest for scientists to explore. Yes, that is right. Student stress is getting more noticeable that even researchers would want to know why and what we can do about it. One study that examines students under stress states that peer support can act as a coping resource. Who are your peers? Yes, they can go beyond your circle of friends!
- Hobbies and Interests:You sure do not have to be super artistic to reduce all those stress you are having. However, having something close to your heart that will distract you from all academic duties can keep you going. If you are not the artsy type, try sports. Not sporty enough? Try playing an instrument, painting, writing poems, or cooking. You think these are time-consuming and you have no time to kill? Well, what about a brisk walk in the park with your cute little man’s best friend? It will be also healthy for both of you!
- Meditation from Nature:One does not have to serenely imagine snow-capped mountains and a clear blue sky to feel as if one is in Shangri-La. Nevertheless, one can easily travel in a place filled with nature sights, which will refresh your eyes as it will recharge your body. The calming effect of nature has already been studied, which proves to be also vitalizing. If travelling can be not economically wise for you, try local trips with friends or alone. Otherwise, why not try having a break in your garden!
- Positive Outlook:Being a student takes a lot of responsibilities and duties, that is true. This reality should not make you oh-so-serious, though. From writing term papers to brainstorming with classmates for presentation, take this light-heartedly. A well-managed set of emotions can help you so much, both for your mental and psychological health. One study even shows how emotional competence and a sense of control can make students effectively cope with stress. Think of those school-duties and beyond as temporary in your life, conquerable at the thought of graduation!
Notice that these tips have now come to you as something handy—but which among these you are willing to start now?