Even if you are one of those lucky people who have your life together, chances are at one point or another you may not have been so well put-together. All of us experience school-related stress at some point in our lives, some for longer than others. When is the last time you truly felt stress-free? Here are 5 easy steps toward ridding yourself of that stubborn school stress.
- Take Control.
It’s not even time for midterms yet and your stress may already be reaching an all-time high. Whether it’s due to upcoming assignments or those dreaded in-class presentations, organizing yourself is key to eliminating this stress.
Buy yourself an agenda or day planner, and mark all of your upcoming school deadlines. This will be key to keeping yourself on-track.
Print off a calendar for each month of school this semester and mark each and every day that you have an assignment, test or exam etc. You won’t believe how much easier it is to handle your workload when you have a constant visual reminder of what is due and when.
2. Make Time For Yourself.
It’s as simple as it sounds. Even with all of the classes you have to attend, and the part-time work you’re somehow managing to fit into your schedule, making time for yourself is essential.
Choose something that you really enjoy doing, whether it’s reading a book or painting your nails, you deserve some time (no matter how small) to get away from all the stresses in your life. Yes, school is important, but what’s more important is keeping yourself sane! Even if it’s during a study break, what better way to relax than taking your mind off of school and doing something solely for your own happiness?
- Create Your Own Schedule.
Making a schedule for your schoolwork is one of the best things you will ever do. No more of those ‘last-minute panic attacks because you haven’t started your research paper, which is due the next day’. When you get a couple of weeks into school it can become very difficult to keep up with which assignments you should be working on and when.
Create a schedule that allows a certain amount of time for each course’s work per week. If you stick to this schedule, I guarantee you will be able to stay on-track of all coursework and assignments without difficulty, and maybe even bump up your grades!
Exercise is a ‘go-to’ if you really need a break. You’ll learn pretty quickly what’s best for you when needing to clear your mind. Some people swear that running is the best way to ‘re-boot’ and relax. For others it may be yoga, or even going for a walk. Whatever it is, find something that helps you let loose and separate yourself from the stress in your life. I promise it will be beneficial in the long run (no pun intended!).
- Have Fun.
To quote my own mother, yes “school is your priority”. Even given this statement, there is no reason you can’t balance school and fun. Let’s say you’ve managed to stick that oh so wonderful idea of having a schedule for your schoolwork (you’re welcome!). There is nothing better than having finished all schoolwork for the week and celebrating with well-deserved night out. It’s a great way to relax yourself, especially when it’s guilt free. If you allow yourself enough time to get out and have fun, it won’t be as painful when you have to return to your schoolwork!
When school becomes overwhelming, it’s crucial to take control of the situation and keep yourself on-track. Do you really want to live a life consumed by school stress?
By Nicole Dunford
Public Relations Student, Humber College
Tuesday, October 26, 2015