Stress Management For Students
Building Wellbeing and resilience for students
STUDENT'S – BEATING STRESS!
Over-eating? Loss of appetite perhaps?
Good news is, you are not the first and you won’t be the last. Stress is a common issue for most students, especially around exam times or major assignments or assessments. Small amounts of stress won’t hurt, in fact it’s our body’s normal response to a challenge or threat and can often assist us to perform better and be more focused. However, too much stress for prolonged periods of time will play havoc with our auto-response system and start to affect how we cope on a day to day basis and how we react thereafter.
Stress can be represented along a scale between 0 and 10
Build your Resilience - Tips for Managing Study Stress
Exercise – any physical activity will boost endorphin levels which are your feel good hormones and an awesome way to beat study stress. Short bursts of your favourite activity will make you feel better and allow you to concentrate better. Exercise will also help you sleep better which is critical for building your resilience to beat stress.
Diet – the importance of eating well should not be underestimated. Fresh fruit and vegetables, cereals, nuts and proteins are good for your body and blood sugar levels. Drink plenty of water and avoid sugary drinks or drinks with caffeine. Eating and drinking at regular intervals before you get too hungry will help keep your blood sugar and hydration levels balanced. Allow time to eat and avoid studying at the same time.
Social – social activities help you keep perspective and are vital in keeping the study blues at bay. Ensure you build some social activities into your timetable or perhaps combine social activity with study and set up a study group. Keep your life in balance.
Plan – study smarter not harder. Regular planning will help to manage study stress. Be realistic about what you can accomplish and in what time scale and maybe use a daily planner to roster study and downtime including exercise and family commitments.
Shout if you need help! Discuss your problems. Talking to someone else often puts a problem into perspective. Talk to your fellow students, friends, family, teachers, counsellors, etc. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need to – studies show that the most successful students are those who seek help when they need it.
Rest – allow yourself plenty of rest before you get overtired. If you have trouble winding down or switching off from studying try some deep breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, a massage, a bath, listen to some relaxing music or read a book for pleasure. Avoid computer games or surfing the net as that only stimulates the brain and is addictive so you can lose track of time.
Balance – keeping your life in balance is an important key to managing stress. Make time to study, to eat and drink healthily, exercise, socialize with friends and family and to rest and sleep.
Wellbeing and building resilience workshops for students
All workshops are tailored to the schools or students requirements and can be broken into segments to meet time restraints if necessary. Typical subjects covered include:
What is stress?
Know your study personality
Pre exam nerves
Exam day anxiety
10 point de-stress plan
FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) – the effects of social media
Workbook to keep for future references