Here are some of the tips to cope with the academic stress:
- Identify your sources of distress, e.g. Disinterest? Behind in work? Poor understanding of new material? Unclear expectations on assignments? ESL? Finances too tight? Lonely? Trying to do too many activities?
- Determine what sources of stress may be under your own control, and what isn’t. Aim to “control the controllables”.
- Anticipate stressful events and plan ahead:
- Reduce or eliminate optional activities or responsibilities
- Set priorities, deadlines and timelines to reach your targets
- Build in extra time for unexpected events or to catch up.
- Change your “mind set” or attitude:
- Ask yourself “are things really THAT bad? What’s the worst that can happen?”
- Keep your perspective
- Stop catastrophic thinking
- Determine what is the most important thing to do right now?
- Change your behavior:
- List your academic accomplishments each day…and acknowledge them.
- Promote your health: eat well, sleep enough in the night, and exercise appropriately.
- Break big tasks into small manageable steps.
- Have some fun.
- Change your situation:
- reduce e-distractions
- study somewhere else
- sleep earlier at night
- review your course or program with your prof. or Career Services
- Learn relaxation techniquesor do yoga, T’ai Chi, go for a run, etc.
- Do what you know works for you- – use yourhealthy “stress buster”activities