In today's competitive world, stress is the biggest problem faced by every individual. When it comes to university students, stress becomes even more common and problematic. Stress brings disorder to your emotional equilibrium in addition to deteriorating your physical health. It reduces your ability to work and think, but can be managed if you can control your thoughts and emotions.
Below are a few different tips on how to cope with university stress:
- Sleep - Sleep is the biggest medicine you can use to aid coping with stress. If you are missing sleep, then you are reducing your life's length and quality. Sleeping for 6 - 8 hours is very important for every university student, and it does not only give your body rest, but also rejuvenates you. You will feel refreshed and will be able to work with more dedication and accuracy.
- Breaks - Maintaining breaks within your schedule is necessary to cope with any stress that comes about. A break of 5 - 10 minutes after every 1 or 2 hours can act as a refresher for you, and you can recollect your concentration and work with efficiency.
- Avoid caffeine - Caffeine, when taken in large amounts, can lead to anxiety and tension. Coffee, tea, soft drinks are the most common sources of caffeine for university students, so you should try to avoid them.
- Manage time - Stress is mainly caused when you tend to think about meeting deadlines. Most university students have little or no time management plans, and thus find themselves, at the end of the deadline, without their complete work. It is better to plan your work and manage your time before you proceed.
- Share Problems - Stress is caused when you tend to avoid sharing your problems with friends and mentors. I suggest to you to share your problems with others, as may be able to come up with good solutions.
- Attitude - It is important to maintain a positive attitude towards life. If you fail to complete a task, then don't become dishearten, look on the positive side. You can put it like this: things could have turned out worse. So, look at the positive side and don't let the stress get you down.
- Balanced Diet - Maintain a balanced diet, by eating a range of foods. Try to avoid junk food since it produces caffeine that in turn can cause stress. Include fresh fruit in your diet, and try to eat every 3 - 4 hours. Don't let your body suffer by working with an empty stomach.
- Exercise regularly - Try to include exercises in your schedule. However, exercise not only gives you a sound body, but also sound mind, and by exercise I don't mean you should go to a gym and spend an hour or two. You can go for a walk, jog, meditate and do some aerobic exercises to avoid stress.
- Balance your lifestyle - The most common problem faced by students is creating a balance in their lives. By balance, I mean maintaining equilibrium between your studies, sports, other activities, rest and meals. Most students tend to miss their meals and other recreational activities, and the absence of these will cause a deterioration in your health and you will gain stress. Utilize sufficient time for all of these activities and give special thought and time to recreational activities.
- Consult a doctor - If stress increases beyond a limit that you can withstand, then you should consult a doctor. Don't neglect it, as ignoring something small can create bigger problems.
Following these steps will mean that you will be able to reduce the amount of stress that you, as a university student, will be able to reduce and cope with stress whilst at university.