3 tips for students to deal with stress
When the new semester begins, most of us get very motivated. This time you want to work carefully right from the start, make notes from the lectures in the evening and learn early for the exams. Like every semester, however, many find it difficult to stick to the plan. The stress of studying begins as soon as the examination phase and the submission deadlines are in sight. And it’s not just like that for you, but actually with many students. This is shown by a joint study of many of the top colleges in the US. This study was carried out on behalf of the AOK Federal Association and deals with the stress caused by studying.
Everyone experiences stress differently during their studies, but the combination of several factors, in particular, aggravates the feeling of stress for many. Probably the most important factor is the university itself. The exam phase and the preparation for the exams can trigger anxiety in your mind. But getting started with your studies and organizing with a water-tight semester plan is difficult for various reasons. On the other hand, students put pressure and stress on themselves during their studies. Expectations that are too high for one’s own performance and for future planning can quickly become overwhelming. In addition, it is also the expectations of parents, lecturers, or the comparison with fellow students that put you under additional pressure.
The surveyed students of the study associate stress during their studies with time pressure, pressure to perform, excessive demands, the pressure of expectation, nervousness or inner restlessness, and self-doubt. 71% of these students felt very stressed at the time of the survey, 53% even stated that they generally experienced a high level of stress during their studies. This can trigger reactions ranging from general dissatisfaction, irritation to difficulty concentrating and insomnia.
Female students experience higher levels of stress than their male counterparts. At universities, students are more stressed than at universities, and as a bachelor candidate, you are more stressed than in a master’s or diploma degree.
A little pressure and stress during studies can also lead to better performance, but what can you do when it just gets too much? If you are one of those students who feel excessively stressed from time to time, then we have a few tips for you that can help you cope with everyday student life in a more relaxed manner:
1. Recognize your reasons for stress
There are many reasons for your own stress. Either you do too many things at once, your fellow students have better grades than you, or you don’t have enough time for your homework. Not everything always applies to everyone, so you need to understand what is causing you stress. It is best to observe your everyday life and be mindful if you notice that you are stressed. You will be able to see the reasons for the situation. And then you just have to find the right method with which you can minimize the stress factor. Hopefully, you will find a few solutions from the tips below.
2. Proper time management
If you can divide your time correctly, you can usually do more. To-do lists and schedules for your week are of great help. It is important that you do not overdo yourself and set priorities. Always plan more time for difficult and extensive tasks than you actually need. It is better to have a buffer at the end because something can happen and the stress comes back.
To-do lists work best when you write your own for each day. Don’t write down on Monday what you have to do on Tuesday. It will annoy you not to work through it already, but to still have to look at it. However, if you were able to tick off your Monday tasks, it is not only super productive but also really relieving. Tomorrow is then a new day. You can also use such lists online.
3. Write it all down
Especially in stressful phases of your studies you simply have too many topics in your head. So get yourself a small notebook and write down your to-dos, your worries, your ideas, and your leisure plans. So you can’t forget anything at first and you have more space in your head to absorb new things. However, you should sort and categorize your notes regularly, because just because they are written down does not mean that it is done.
PRO TIP: If you have problems during your studies, you should get a worry book. If you write down your negative thoughts, then they no longer torment you in the back of your head all the time and you can start a new day more freely.
4. Breaks and rest
If you learn a lot, you have to take a lot of breaks. Do you ever come across the Pomodoro technique? This method involves studying intensively for 25 minutes and then taking a 5-minute break. After the fourth work interval, there is also a longer break of 15-30 minutes. It is particularly important that you avoid any distractions during the work phase. That means turning off your cell phone and television and locking your roommates out for a while. This ensures that you can work productively and focused for 25 minutes. During the break, you can check your messages, get some fresh air and get coffee supplies.
After a productive day of work, exercise is a great way to balance things out. For some, a leisurely stroll through the park helps, others go to the gym and work out while others need a conversation with a good friend.
5. Use professional offers
Many universities already offer anti-stress seminars for their students. Find out more about such offers at your university. But there are also external student helpers who can help you with psychological advice and organizational support. Most of them are even free in developed countries. Don’t be afraid to try out such offers.
Let a former student tell you: everything doesn’t always have to be perfect. You don’t always have to be the best in your year and you can leave things behind at one point or another. Pick up a few exercises or habits that will help you calm down and organize yourself in times of stress. And remember: sometimes average is just good enough!
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Do you know any other exercises and methods to avoid stress during your studies? Then let us know in the comments about your experiences!