Quick tips for managing academic stress

Here are some of the tips to cope with the academic stress:

  1. 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?
  2. Determine what sources of stress may be under your own control, and what isn’t. Aim to “control the controllables”.
  3. 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.
  1. 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?
  1. 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.
  1. Change your situation:
  • reduce e-distractions
  • study somewhere else
  • sleep earlier at night
  • review your course or program with your prof. or Career Services
  1. Learn relaxation techniquesor do yoga, T’ai Chi, go for a run, etc.
  2. Do what you know works for you- – use yourhealthy “stress buster”activities





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