Stress can lead to numerous emotional and physical symptoms that make it extremely difficult to achieve what you need to in work or study. Some symptoms of stress include irritability, fatigue, muscle tension and headaches. It is important to remember that each individual reacts differently to stress and experiences it in different ways.
Four tips to manage work or study related stress:
- Divide your workload into manageable chunks, and be realistic about what you can achieve in a day. Reward yourself with free time, relaxation, or exercise when you complete a chunk!
- It is easy for your mind to interfere with study or work by giving you critical and negative thoughts, i.e. “I’m hopeless at this”, “I will definitely fail”. Getting hooked by these thoughts can often lead to procrastination and avoidance. Simply and kindly notice how your mind can hook you in and push you around – “there my mind goes again!” – can be a useful way of unhooking from these thoughts.
- Don’t lose sight of what’s important – it is easy to feel that a certain grade or a certain achievement will make or break you – life is much bigger than the outcome of work or study. Put what is really valuable up on your wall or in your books to remind you of this in times of stress. love? kindness? fun? adventure?
- Focus on your own journey – it is easy to get caught up in comparing yourself to others, which can quickly lead to feeling not good enough.
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