With the new school year just now arriving, I think we could all use some tips on managing stress. First, we should clear up one BIG misconception. Many people think that managing stress means to be stress-free, which is not the case.
It is very normal to be stressed out at times, especially when it comes to school. In life, however, we need to learn how to deal with that stress and balance ourselves in our daily lives. Here are some quick tips to get you through this school year!
I know this sounds scary for a lot of you but I promise you can do it. When you get your work, don’t let it pile up before the due date then try to complete it all in one night. Take your time and get things done even if you don’t finish it all in one go. Especially for people with extracurricular activities or people working on personal projects.
Make sure to deal with your school responsibilities so that you don’t have to worry about clashing with other things you have to do. Personally, I struggle with procrastination a lot and get stressed when my assignments start to pile up. However, I’m going to do my best to stop procrastinating and take some time to complete my work slowly so that not only is it done, but it’s done correctly.
Sometimes when we try to do too many things at once, we tire ourselves out quicker and our brains become fried. This is why it is important to take breaks. Give yourself 5 minutes to relax and take your mind off of a task. You may find that when you come back, your head is a bit more clear and you can work more efficiently.
Taking breaks is also important for managing stress because overworking yourself can have many adverse effects. Things like exhaustion, muscle pains, migraines, and many other things come from overworking and not allowing yourself to have any time to relax. Check out this article from The Wellbeing Thesis for more information on the importance of breaks.
Ask for Help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help! If you are confused over an assignment then ask your teacher for assistance or guidance. Try to use your resources instead of sitting around and being confused. If you are overwhelmed with a task, ask for help from family or friends. Not using what’s available to you, will only cause you to dig yourself into a deeper hole.
Use Your Weekends Wisely
Take advantage of your weekends and days off! Sometimes we become so absorbed in our regular school cycle that even on our days off we continue to worry about our work. Use the time you have to live your life and not focus so much on uncompleted tasks.
If you do have work or projects that you need to complete, remember to give yourself some time. After all, you do have the day off so go at your own pace.
Here’s another GirlSpring article about managing stress.