All students experience stress. In fact, data from the Medibank Better Health Index recently found that in people over 18 years old, incidence of stress amongst those who are not studying is at 24.3%; while incidence of stress amongst those who are now studying is at 31.2%.
Sometimes a bit of stress can be helpful, motivating you to study or finish an essay. But to help you get through your studies as calmly as possible, we’ve put together eight tips for coping with stress and anxiety.
1) Don’t panic
If you feel yourself getting stressed and anxious, the best thing to do is close your eyes and take long, slow, deep breaths. Go outside, fresh air is great for calming your nerves.
2) Think positive
Keep things in perspective. While exams and assignments are very important, try to remember that the world won’t end if you don’t do as well as you’d like. Don’t be so hard on yourself, and don’t let anybody pressure you.
3) Plan, plan, plan
If you’ve got a big exam or assignment coming up, or lots of them, plan your time. Make a day-by-day calendar, planning one to three hour blocks of study or work for each assessment, including breaks. Put it on the wall or have it on your computer desktop, and STICK TO IT. Also, set small goals, and reward yourself for hitting them.