BY: TATYANA SOHAN-FAGAN
No one’s life is completely stress-free. It’s hard for students to manage school, work etc. all at the same, which can cause a lot of stress.
Diana Campbell a counsellor at Rome’s Counselling Services in Brampton, had some tips on how to manage stress as a student.
Get more sleep:
“Rather than relying on medication, your aim should be to maximize your relaxation before going to sleep. Make sure that your bedroom is a tranquil oasis with no reminders of the things that cause you stress,” said Campbell.
A lack of sleep is a significant cause of stress.
Talk to someone:
“Stress can cloud your judgment and prevent you from seeing things clearly. Talking things through with a friend, work colleague, or even a trained professional, can help you find solutions to your stress,” explained Campbell.
Talking to someone can distract you from your stress.
Keep a journal:
“Keeping a journal for a few weeks is an effective stress tool as it will help you become more aware of your stress situations,” said Campbell.
Use the journal to understand what causes your stress.
Manage your time:
“Make a list of all the things that you need to do and list them in order of genuine priority. Note what tasks you need to do personally and what can be delegated to others to do,” explained Campbell.
Accept that you cannot do everything at once.
Rest if you are ill:
“If you are feeling unwell, do not feel that you have to carry on regardless. A short spell of rest will enable the body to recover faster,” said Campbell.
“Learning how to find solutions to your problems will help you feel more in control thereby lowering your level of stress. One problem-solving technique involves writing down the problem and coming up as many possible solutions as you can,” explained Campbell.
Taking control is the best way to go.