The Student Stress
Stress is an inherent part of student life. Student life is packed with physical and mental stress. A student's day starts from going to school, taking down notes and ends with the stress of completing assignments. Once stress takes over, even a minuscule task seems like an enormous one. Stress can havoc the human body. It causes people to feel sick and tired unnecessarily. It is at such times of stress that we do not understand how to cope with it and eventually give up on the goals that we had since long been striving to achieve. The first stage of stress is when it just begins to send signals throughout our body. It is at this stage that one must act swiftly, otherwise, stress would rip our strength to work and the result would be a headache, leg pain, neck pain and so on. Such a list can be endless.
The Stress Busters:
Learning how to manage stress can be especially very useful for students. Though the same stress relief methods can work differently on various people, following are the stress busters that have often been found useful by students of all ages:
1) LISTENING TO MUSIC
Music can be an effective stress reliever. Listening to good music calms and brings a soothing effect on the mind. It has been used for ages to soothe the stress of great warriors, philosophers and kings. Merely listening to some good music can give a lot of relaxation. You can make a custom playlist in your music player that comprises of those songs that lighten up your mood.
2) KEEPING THINGS ORGANIZED
It is important to keep things organized. If things around you are dirty and cluttered up, then it will unknowingly impact your mind. If your class notes are scattered all over, then bring them together. If you have loose papers lying all around, then categorize and arrange them. Mark all upcoming tests and assignment submission dates on a calendar. This will help you to prioritize your work and drift a lot of stress away. You will soon notice the difference it brings to your mental status.
3) A SHORT NAP
Take a short nap and relieve your stress. A short power nap can help reduce stress, make you more alert and improve cognitive functioning. Your body will react better and will tend to work more efficiently after such a nap. A 15 to 20 minutes power nap can also help in repairing your mind. A repaired mind will eventually help you in memorizing and understanding text more efficiently. Such a nap is also helpful in lowering high blood pressure. But the nap should be short as otherwise you will have accumulated a lot of incomplete work.
Eating something sweet will give you some immediate dose of energy due to the presence of glucose in sweets. At the same time, it also helps in reducing the stress hormone cortisol. There are many scientific reasons that explain why sugar helps in reducing stress and the following link will give you more information about the same:
There are many options such as milk, tea, coffee, juice, cakes, chocolates, sweetened biscuits, doughnuts or the easy to makepan cake. So stock some sweet delicacies readily available near you, to munch on at such times.
5) WATER AND ENERGY DRINKS
Water is a great stress reliever. In fact, depriving the body of water can result in unnecessary stress, as the body essentially needs sufficient water to function properly. Similarly, though there are many energy drinks available in the market, Glucon-D is an easily available instant energy giver that can be consumed by one and all. There are many new flavours available now, and this is something which you can easily keep in stock. Similarly, any other energy drink would do well in solving the purpose.
Talk to your close friends. Talk about what you love and about that which would induce humour. Laugh your heart out as it would help your body to release natural painkillers known as endorphins and hence relieve stress. Talking to your friend will also take your attention away from your work for some time and reduce the strain accumulated through overworking yourself.
7)PLAYING WITH PETS
If you have pets with you then playing with them or simply caressing them, helps a great deal in relieving stress. This helps release the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin and reduce the production of the stress hormone cortisol. Pets can also be talked to if you do not have a friend readily available, as they will always be ready to listen to whatever you want to share. So even if you want to cry in front of your pet, you should feel free to do so, as they’ll heartily be listening to you.
8) A SHORT WALK OR EXERCISE
A short walk or exercise also gives the brain some rest from any intensive stress. It changes what your strained eye was consistently seeing, focusses its attention on something else and brings clarity as well as freedom from stress. It also helps in the release of the good hormone endorphin, which is linked to happiness. At least with a short walk, one can breathe fresh air and relax the functioning of the brain from overly concentrating on assignments. This is supported by some scientific evidence as claimed here:
9) PURSUING HOBBIES
Do you love playing the guitar or any other musical instrument? Then pick it up and play it on. Do you love painting or any other art? Then take a break and get into your artwork. If it’s a sport that interests you then play it for some time. The stress hormones released under stress raise the blood pressure and sugar level in the body. Pursuing your hobby at this time brings the blood pressure level down. But you must not over stress yourself with your hobby, as it’s being used only to relieve your stress and take your mind out of the tedious work that you were involved in.
10) TIME MANAGEMENT
Divide your time according to what should be prioritized. If you have allotted proper time to whatever you want to be done, then a lot of the stress will automatically reduce. Set targets for work completion according to the time allotted and abide by the rules that you have set. If you have allotted time for the completion of all tasks on your pending list then your mind will know that everything will be done and there is less to worry about. Accordingly, there will be less tension, lesser blood pressure and so your work will get undiverted attention.
11) BREATHING EXERCISES
Take a deep breath and repeat it. Deep breathing relieves stress. Scientifically, it sends chemical signals from your brain to all parts of your body, signifying that you are in a relaxed state. Eventually, your body responds to the signals sent from the brain and it starts behaving as if it’s in a relaxed state.
If ever again you have stress, then brace up and use any one of these effective strategies. Give time to your hobby, pets, favourite sweets and even to some deep breathing exercises. Soon enough you'll find yourself good and upfront to work hard again.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2019 Lincy Francis
P.A. Francis on March 02, 2019:
Very good. This article is good to all.
Esther on February 28, 2019:
This is awesome!!! Pretty helpful! Thanks!