Some of the most stressful times in one’s life will be at the end of every semester, when exam week rolls around. While a small amount of stress can be a good motivator for some people, too much stress can inhibit your ability to focus and dramatically affect your health. Reducing your stress levels can assist you in reaching your full potential, allowing you to successfully complete your exams and go onto your dream job. If you’re battling with the side effects of stress, be sure to check out these tips for becoming a stress free student!
Improve your Time Management
Time management is the key to preventing the occurrence of unnecessary stress. Poor time management will often leave to incomplete assignments or a last minute panic about exams. Prepare yourself and manage your time wisely. Allocate time to each subject or area of study and always adhere to what you’ve decided. Time management does not, however, mean allocating all of your time to study. Effective time management will allow you to have time for study, social and work commitments.
I know this sounds simple, but it’s something that often increases the effects of stress. Not eating a balanced diet can cause you to become stressed or even lead to a weakened immune system, enabling stress to result in further illness. For students who work full time and study, it can be difficult to maintain a healthy diet. Always be prepared and plan your meals in advance, to be sure that your body is getting the fuel it requires.
Get Enough Sleep
Studying all night may seem like the smart idea when cramming for exams, but it will only have negative effects. For your brain to function properly, you need to rest your body and your mind. If you are stressed on a regular basis, your body will need time to relax and rejuvenate while you’re sleeping.
Accept the things that can’t be changed
Coming from a control-freak, I completely understand the habit of becoming stressed about things you cannot change. Allowing yourself to become stressed about situations which are out of your control, however, will only lead to the generation of more, unnecessary stress.
For students, it is often frustrating (and stressful) if you don’t receive the timetable you wanted or if your exam times get changed at the last minute – in most cases, these are instances that cannot be changed. If you have no control over the outcome of a particular situation, simply let your stress go and continue with your new goal of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Take Time Out
The most important thing you can do for reducing stress levels is to take time out and do something that you enjoy. Although it may seem like working and studying non-stop will achieve your desired results, this often leads to a mental breakdown, leaving you unable to study at all. Students who choose to study more advanced courses, such as MBA degrees, need to be aware of the effects that stress can have on their study and their health. If you’re studying a post-graduate course and working full time, always make the time to rejuvenate your body and your mind.
Sometimes stress is unavoidable, but knowing how to cope with and reduce your stress levels can make a drastic improvement to your studies. Don’t let stress control your life any longer – follow these simple steps and reach your full potential as a student.