It’s that time of year again. The trees are budding, the flowers blooming, and the sun shining. If you’re anything like me, you probably want to be outside enjoying the beauty of spring. This past weekend we enjoyed the fun of Springfest, and as time moves on, we find ourselves getting more and more antsy for summer.
BUT… if you’re anything like me, you’re also very aware of the fact that summer is not yet here. Something big and ominous lies between you and freedom. That’s right. It’s crunch time! You’re probably scrambling to write that final paper, put together that notebook, or get your group together to work on your group project. Oh, and let’s not forget the final unit test to complete this week before moving on to EXAMS.
To say the least, you may be feeling a little stressed right about now. So what are you going to do about it? Below are some tips from http://www.helpguide.org/mental/stress_management_relief_coping.htm on how to manage stress, both during crunch time and throughout life.
#1. Avoid unnecessary stress
Learn how to say no.
We all have our limitations. It’s ok to say no to things that we don’t have time for or simply can’t do. It’s not a sign of failure. It’s the simple truth
Make a list of what you need to do and prioritize it. Distinguish between what you need to do and what you want to do. Focus on the most important things. If you have time later, go back and do the other things.
#2. Alter the Situation
Manage your time: Plan ahead and don’t overextend yourself
#3. Adapt to the Stressor
Try to be more positive in the way you look at things
Look at the big picture. Often things that we freak out about in the moment aren’t that big of a deal in the long run. Keep things in perspective.
Adjust your standards if necessary. Perfectionism can be a major cause of stress. Learn to let the little things go.
#4. Accept what you cannot change
Some things are just out of our control. It’s ok to let go and move on
#5. Make time for fun and relaxation
Set aside time for relaxation
Do something you enjoy every day
Keep your sense of humor
#6. Adopt a healthy lifestyle
Exercise regularly. Physical activity dramatically reduces the physical effects of stress
Eat a healthy diet. Balanced, nutritious meals help our bodies and brains function at their optimum level
Reduce caffeine and sugar. I know these are tempting, especially during finals, but although they cause a “high”, they often leave your body with a crash in mood and energy. Caffeine and sugar also inhibit good sleep.
Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs
Get plenty of sleep. Fatigue increases stress
Have a blessed, relaxed Easter Break and come back ready for a stress-free (or at least stress-reduced) finals week!
By Audrey Wolcott