Dealing with and managing your stress is not only important for performing well in school but it’s also crucial for both your mental and physical health while trying to do so. We unfortunately do not have a never-failing solution on how to never get stressed, but inspired by this question we decided to share a couple of things we try do do, which help us to keep our stress levels on on a manageable and as-low-as-possible level. So here they are:
1. Have a detailed schedule (or at least a daily to-do-list of some sort).
Calendars are your friends! Having a list of tasks you need to complete each day actually makes you feel much more on top of things and it is not a secret that there is nothing more rewarding than crossing something off your to-do-list.
But on a more serious note, though keeping a super-detailed calendar might sound a little over the top, it’s actually very helpful when it comes to dealing with anxiety, as it gives you a super clear view of your current situation. We actually write down every single task (no matter how small or trivial it might seem), but if it seems to excessive to you all least create a list with things you need to do and can’t forget about for each day.
2. Stop procrastinating and try to focus more
Of course it’s much easier to say this than to do this and we aren’t strangers to wasting our time, but procrastination is really, really super awful and you should avoid it at all costs. We wrote how you can study more productively here and here, you can try this and see what works for you :)
3. Asses your abilities honestly
Be honest with yourself about what is and what isn’t manageable to do. It is impossible to read and learn 200 pages of textbook in an hour, but you can also do more in an 2 hours than read 10 pages. Always push yourself a little, just don’t do it too much, because you’ll end up resigned and stressed even more
4. Prioritize- part 1
Sometimes, even though you planned everything, and you’re super focused and not distracted at all, there are simply too many things to do, and it’s impossible to do them all. That’s when you prioritize. Always start with the most important thing (be honest with yourself). Next are the most difficult things, then the things which take the most time. Decide which tasks you can wing- those are the last ones you even think about. If you have very limited time, skim through topics and try to remember the general ideas and concepts, don’t make detailed notes.
5. Focus on you on thing
Comparing what you do, and how you do it is generally not a great idea when it comes to studying. Some people need to study for 8 hours, some will remember everything after reading it twice. It might be not super fair, but it is what it is, and getting fixated on a fact that someone was up all night studying, while you were asleep, or you were in a library for a whole weekend, while your friends were partying and relaxing. People are different and they study differently and comparing their methods is a little stupid. Focus on your progress and improving your study techniques, but do it for yourself, and not for your friends.
6. Self-care is important
Try to avoid all-nighters. Eat your veggies (seriously, try to eat healthy). Have some time for yourself each day. Browse tumblr, watch an episode of your favorite TVshow, take a nice bath or read a chapter of your new book. Try to meet your friends once a week. Talk to your family, pet your cat or your dog. School can’t become your whole world, because you’ll simply go crazy. Of course there are times when your school-life balance isn’t exactly a balance (#exams) but even then, try to have some time for yourself, even if it’s just 30 minutes. Also, try to move at least once a week- exercise makes you happy, helps you relax, and clears your head ^^
7. Prioritize- part 2
School and getting your education are undoubtedly important but you know whats even more important? Your health. Overworking yourself isn’t fun and it most definitely isn’t “a natural part of university experience”, so when you feel overwhelmed with the amount of stuff you need to do, and you feel it starting to affect your health (either mental or physical) you need to stop. Believe us when we say it- it’s actually much easier to retake a failed exam than to recover from a sudden health decline caused by stressing too much over school. Also, please, please seek help if you think you need it- you are the most important thing in your life, not your grades, remember that!
Hope you’ll find something here useful!