By LUIS “LUIGI” FINSTON
It doesn’t matter what age, level, or grade you are, stress is something that captivates us all. How does one deal with stress at school? Where does one go? Who do we talk to when we are stressed? What are some options that students have to distract themselves from stress? These are all questions that a student suffering from stress asks themselves.
Many things stress us. Classes. Teachers. Piers. Work. Organizations. The mind of a college student is thinking and processing information constantly. It’s hard to stay on one topic while not thinking about another.
The Student Success Center at NMSU provides students with workshops they can attend to help with stress. The point of these workshops is to assess current life stressers and learn relaxation techniques to reduce stress levels.
If you’re feeling stressed you’re not alone. A 2013 survey by the Nightline Association, found that 65% of students feel stressed. If you’re not careful, working too hard and worrying too much can lead to a burnout. This happens when everything seems bleak and you have nothing left to give.
It might not seem like it when you’re feeling down, but living a more stress free life is possible. There are some really easy ways to beat stress effectively.
Having a varied diet goes a long way. Eating fresh fruit and vegetables is important. Juices filled with Vitamin C, such as orange or grapefruit juice, are good for your immune system. When you’re busy and tired, it can be tempting just to grab another pizza or ready meal, but cooking from scratch can be therapeutic as well as being healthier.
Doing sport at least once a week is the best way to reduce stress. It helps your body produce endorphins, which make you feel good. Even daily walks of 30 minutes can help reduce stress levels but it’s even better to work out intensively. Even if you don’t feel like it at the time you will feel the benefits afterwards.
It might sound simple, but sitting quietly for 10 minutes a day can really help with stress levels. If you’ve never tried meditation before, it’s worth a go. Good breathing techniques can put you in a more relaxed state as they send oxygen surging through your bloodstream, helping to calm you down and beat the stress.
If you missed a deadline, try to appreciate what you learned from this mistake: now you know how to plan ahead. Things might seem bad, but if you try, there is usually something positive to be learned. Some people are in a constant state of trying to catch up. They find themselves rushing and hurrying from one activity to another, always racing with the clock and never getting on top of things. Part of this problem, for many students, is not being well organized. Effective time management can help.
Listening to music can help calm you down and put you in a better frame of mind. If you’re feeling stressed, putting on some calming music while you work could really help.
It is easy to get caught up in a problem or a narrow view of something you are doing, and to lose perspective and feel that a failure or roadblock is a catastrophe. Discussing your problems with a trusted, empathic friend can allow you to gain new perspective and can allow you to move out of what might seem like an isolated and negative internal world. The act of verbalizing your concerns and putting them together will often help give you a sense of control.
The main thing that should be done is being kind to yourself. As a student know that College is a rewarding experience and is full of opportunities and excitement. There are going to be times when you won’t like college. There will be times when you love it. But whatever happens, know that you will become a stronger and more mature student.