A little stress is good. It helps you focus, keeps you on your toes and prepares you to face new challenges. However, it is when the pressure gets out of hand, that you need to worry. Exam times are when you will find stress not just knocking at your doorsteps but sharing your room. You need to keep a look out for when the pressure gets too difficult to cope with and find ways to de-stress. The importance of getting de-stressed cannot be stressed enough!
The warning signs of too much stress include
- Excessive anxiety
- Loss of appetite or interest in food
- Physical discomfort and pains
- The feeling of gloom and doom.
The common cause for your stress may include
- Lack of preparation
- The pressure of expectations from others
- Peer competition
- Low or no motivation
And here’s how you fight it!!
1. Healthy habits
Food, sleep and physical activity are the three main areas where you can try to adopt healthier options. A lot of the stress can be managed by just eating healthier foods, maintaining a good sleep schedule and having some physical activity.
2. Avoid stress points
It may not be easy, but try to avoid things or people that stress you out. Don’t look at the whole syllabus, break it down. Don’t visit your friends who are too competitive or even that relative who keeps pressuring you about your exams. Keeping your sanity intact is essential to your well-being.
Whether you are six months or 6 days away from your exam, nothing can be achieved by freaking out. So calm down and get on track. Schedule, organize and plan.
You don’t have to meditate for three hours to get your mojo back. Spend a few hours every day doing what you love, even if that is to be a couch potato. Put it on your schedule and follow it to the T. Time away from you study nook will refresh you and help you focus better.
5. Reach out
Remember, you are still too young to grasp the severity of or handle stress on your own. Your parents or qualified specialists are much better equipped. There is no shame in reaching out. It takes a lot of courage to know when you need help. So if you feel things are getting out of control, step back and reach out. You are very precious to your family, and nothing in the entire world comes close to that. Your family, however pressuring, is meant to support you come what may!
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