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Monday September 25, 2017

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Stress and College Students

Stress is the body’s reaction to physical, chemical, emotional, or environmental factors. These can range from extreme, life-threatening situations to the simple and everyday challenges of life.

Pressure to perform well academically, to manage finances and relationships, and lack of time are just some of the stressors students face.  Stress can be a good thing when it acts as a motivator, helping you to accomplish your goals. Success, in turn, builds confidence in your ability to manage even more stress in your life.

The exam stress is usually associated with the fear that students will disappoint their parents by their performance, and with the expectations they have about themselves.

However, too much stress or stress that is not managed effectively can be detrimental to your wellbeing and your ability to focus on achieving your goals.

This article outlines some very useful tips that can help students and parents understand what are the causes and symptoms of stress and how students can manage stress before, during and after the exam period.

Examination stress has many different sources. The combination of different factors, namely the thoughts and emotions that each student has, is responsible for creating the stress.

Perhaps the number one cause that creates stress on students is the sense that they do not have the ability to cope with the demands of the exams. This is a subjective belief and really does not mean that the student does not have the skills to pass but fears that they do not have confidence in themselves.

Attempt a mental representation of the actual conditions that cause you. When you do that you will notice that the more often you imagine and visualize the exams the more familiar you will become with them…! When you can deal with your fears in your imagination, you can also deal with them in reality as well!

Knowing to apply correctly the process of breathing can help you relax, unwind and «clean» your mind, with only a few breaths. The conscious breathing, based on yoga techniques is a particular method for balancing the autonomous nervous system that affects psychological disorders and stressful conditions.

When you feel a wave of anxiety or stress coming in on you, group your attention to the way you breathe. Invite your breath to become slower, more integrated. Feel the air filling your lungs. Try to match how much air you breathe and how much air you let out. During exhale consider that you are getting stress out of your body.

Even simple interruption can help. Stop and take a purposeful 10-minute break. Go for a walk, breathe deeply, call a friend, put on some favorite music. Keep your sense of humor! Remember, you can talk with a counselor to learn more about how to develop these stress-reducing skills.

 

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