We all experience stress — and some people more than others.
Stress is our body’s way to handle everyday demands that may cause a physical, emotional, or psychological reaction.
This is why – even more in this day and age – we should find ways that could help us to manage stress on a daily basis.
And if you are a student, I totally get this – teachers don’t always understand that there are other subjects than the one they are teaching, and they always want students to perform on their best level.
How not get overwhelmed and cope with all of that?
Being equipped with tools to help manage the effects is critical to success. Here are some coping strategies that really helped me:
1. Practice deep belly breathing
This idea is really a cool one, as you can do this whenever and wherever you are – in between classes, at lunch, before and after school.
This is a really simple method, here’s how you can do it:
1. Sit comfortably, both feet on the floor, place one hand on your abdomen. Also make sure your muscles are relaxed.
2. Take a deep breath right through your nose for five seconds
3. Hold your breath for another 5 seconds
4. Breath out for 5 seconds
5. Repeat as many times as it is needed until you are fully relaxed.
This might sound really simple and too good to be true, but it really works wonders.
It is called the 5-5-5 method or if you are familiar with Eastern tradition it is known as the Pranayama technique there. It is known for ages and was used by ancient yogis to get their mind and body relaxed and back into the flow state.
2.Regular physical activities
There are a lot of smart people that underestimate physical exercise as it is „just a distraction from real work”.
It is not, trusts me.
There are a lot of nerdy, smart dudes, that do not want to exercise and even though they have good grades – they could have GREAT grades if they did move more often.
Exercise improves so many body and mind functions it’s silly not to do that. It makes your mind sharper, faster and it’s also one of the best tools to manage your stress.
3. Find someone you can talk to
Tons of people do not want to overwhelm other people with their problems.
But there are people in your world who will help you and they will gladly listen to your problems and give you a helpful word or two.
And it really helps – not only because you found someone that will care and listen, but also because sometimes our problems and worries are just fairytales that our minds came up with.
When we tell them to someone else they may give us short and simple answers out of the bat.
4.Minimize your media consumption
You might have already heard that like – „Media are telling people all about bad things in the world and make them scared” and stuff like that.
But I’m not talking only about media here.
Nowadays social media is the new thing that can make you anxious, depressed, get involved in some kind of drama, and all of that stuff.
When your life gets less important than someone else’s vacation, new boyfriend, or that Kanye West’s new “DONDA” album is delayed again – you should know that something’s wrong.
5.Just take a break..
Yo, another thing that everyone knows. Yet – nobody really does it.
Most people prefer to just delay and delay their studying until the last moment and then use an adrenaline rush to get through the exams. But that’s not the smartest idea.
You get burned out really quick, you lose your health, and you are not even that efficient as you could be when you take small breaks in the middle of your studying.
It frees up your subconscious mind to take action on its own and you might find a lot of inspiration and ideas out of nowhere.
Treat yourself like a well oiled machine that sometimes needs time for rest. Sharpen your saw before you go to the woods.