Strategies for Overcoming Stress

The best thing you can do for yourself is learning ways to manage the stress in your life. As in all things, sometimes the smallest things can bring the most relief.
1. Breathe. When you find yourself in a stressful situation, take a deep breath. Continue doing so until you feel calmer.
2. Get away from the situation or go outside for fresh air. Taking a deep breath of fresh air can do wonders. Go back to the situation when you feel calmer.
3. Learn to let go. The next time you find yourself getting stressed, decide if the matter is really important to you.If it is not, make the conscious choice to ignore the situation. Heated discussions and anger not only cause stress, but also raise blood pressure levels.
4. Reward yourself. Anytime you’ve had a very stressful day, reward yourself with small pleasures. This can be as simple as a candy bar, a long bath, watching a movie or reading a few chapters of that best seller you haven’t found time to read. By allowing yourself some downtime, it rejuvenates your mind and body, giving you the energy you need to face the next stressful situation.
5. Manage your time. It doesn’t matter what you read in magazines or what the television tells you, the fact remains; you can’t do it all. Learn to prioritize, worry about accomplishing the things you have to do, not the things you think you should do. Learn to delegate, ask for help when you need it. Pick one thing that has been bugging you and take care of it. Get it out of the way, and move on to the next. As you cross things off your list, your attitude will change and you will feel better and less stressed.
Take time to unwind.
-Jia Yi-
The benefits of Stress

Stress affects us in many levels but not all stress is bad for us.  Some stress is beneficial to us. Believe it or not much of the stress that we all experiences is helpful and stimulating. These are some of the “how stress can be beneficial for you”.

  • Strengthened immune system
  • Reduced risk of disease
  • Decreased risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Improved mood
  • Improved memory and thinking
  • Increased productivity
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved relationships
  • Improved sexual performance
  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Steadier insurance costs
  • Reduced compensation claim
  • Improved moral
  • Improved workplace environment
  • Increased company loyalty

After wrapping all these to your brain you must be thinking stress is not that bad after all. I know that a little worry for a little stress is fine but if you stress too much then however it is not good for you mentally and physically. As college student, you are stressed by responsibilities, overload assignments, chasing after the deadlines and basically your life in general. What if we just take a step back and let’s assume that stress is bad because we make it bad for us? And what if there were another way to think about stress which a way that might actually make it a force for good in our lives? Think about it.

Regards, 

Gia Kon 

 

houserv:

Manage your time, DON’T let it manage you.

First of all, what is time management? Well, time management is the ability to plan and control how you spend your hours in your day to effectively accomplish your goal. Now, is time essential to you? It seems like without time we can’t do…

Consequences of Stress

Stress affects us all in many different ways. Stress is known as the body’s reaction to harmful situations or phenomena that occurs to us whether they’re real or perceived. Stress is everywhere and we can’t run away from stress. Stress is actually a very normal part of life, so a little stress is fine and some stress is actually beneficial. On the other hand, too much stress can wear you down and make you tired both mentally and physically.

Here’s a list of the cost of stress:

  • Weakened immune system
  • Increased risk of disease
  • Increased risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Increased vulnerability to cancer
  • Poor mood
  • Slower healing
  • Permanent or long-term damage to the brain
  • Impaired memory and thinking
  • Menstrual difficulties
  • Pregnancy difficulties
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Relationship problems
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Absenteeism
  • Lowered productivity
  • Increased cost of health insurance
  • Increased compensation claims

Everyone has different stress triggers. College life can be very stressful and frustrating. As a student we hold an important responsibility with our own education. It is also true that we will try our best to compete for better grades, the need to outstand, career choice and many other aspects of the college environment cause stress. So, before condemning stress outright we need to understand that stress is only harmful when it is excessive.

Signing out,

Gia Kon

houserv:

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Hello students! I hope everyone is doing well so far for the past 3 weeks. I also know that there are quizzes, test, mid-term and exams coming up pretty soon. Hang in there fellow peacocks. As college student, tests are unavoidable. If you take a multiple-choice exam your strategy…

houserv:

Hey guys!

It’s that time of term again, the dreaded mid-term week! Everyone is different, for some taking tests comes easy and for others it may be very nerve racking. Well, I am here to help with that. Here are some helpful test taking strategies.

· Arrive early, some professors will…

Final Study Guide

Finals are fast approaching and we are all anxious. We talked about test anxiety last week so this week (since finals is next week) we will talk about how to get ahead of your finals.

  1. Talk to the professor ahead of time. Your professor is going to be writing the exam … so of course they know what’s going to be on it. Heading to a study session or visiting your professor during office hours will give you the opportunity to ask questions about what is going to be on the test and how best you can study for it.
  2. Know for certain what material will be covered. Some professors have finals that cover all of the material from the semester; others may only test on, say, the material covered since the last exam. Know what you’ll be tested on so you can focus your studying efforts more effectively.
  3. Look at other exams you’ve had in the class so far. Chances are that your professor has an exam style, just like you have a test-taking style. Look at previous exams that you’ve taken in the class to see what material your professor often thinks is important enough to test on and what formats he or she likes to use — and then plan your study approach accordingly.
  4. Create or join a study group. True, study groups often start off with lots of chatting, but a good group can quickly get down to business, focus, and cover a lot of material. Studying with peers is also a great way to break up the material: each person can make a study guide for certain chapters, for example, so that the group can quickly create a comprehensive study guide together. Additionally, study groups can help provide some much-needed laughter breaks when you’re studying late into the night.
  5. Ask other students who have taken the class before what to expect. Chances are someone in your residence hall, fraternity/sorority, group of friends, or somewhere has taken your class before. Ask around to find out what the course final is often like and what you’ll need to do to be as prepared as possible.

Source: http://collegelife.about.com/od/academiclife/ht/College-Studying-Tips-For-Final-Exams.htm

All the best!!,

Rachel T.

Test Anxiety

You have got to admit. Test anxiety does not help whenever you had an exam. If anything, it makes it so much worse. And worst of all, it affects your results too. Since we are approaching finals fast, here are some really good tips that could help you overcome the anxiety.

General preparation/building confidence

  • Review your personal situation and skills
  • Developing good study habits and strategies (refer to February 14th, post)
  • Managing time (dealing with procrastination, distractions, laziness)
  • Organizing material to be studied and learned
  • Take a step by step approach to build a strategy and not get
  • Reviewing your past performance on tests to improve and learn from experience

Test preparation to reduce anxiety:

  • Approach the exam with confidence: Use whatever strategies you can to personalize success: visualization, logic, talking to yourself, practice, team work, journaling, etc.
  • View the exam as an opportunity to show how much you’ve studied and to receive a reward for the studying you’ve done
  • Be prepared! Luck favors the prepared.
  • Learn your material thoroughly and organize what materials you will need for the test. Use a checklist
  • Allow yourself plenty of time, especially to do things you need to do before the test and still get there a little early
  • Avoid thinking you need to cram just before
  • Strive for a relaxed state of concentration
  • Avoid speaking with any fellow students who have not prepared, who express negativity, who will distract your preparation. Run far, far away from them!
  • A program of exercise is said to sharpen the mind
  • Get a good night’s sleep – Sleep is good. Sleep more before the night before the exam
  • Don’t go to the exam with an empty stomach- Fresh fruits and vegetables are often recommended to reduce stress. Go to the server and grab an apple or two. It helps keeps you awake too.
  • Stressful foods can include processed foods, artificial sweeteners, carbonated soft drinks, chocolate, eggs, fried foods, junk foods, pork, red meat, sugar, white flour products, chips and similar snack foods, foods containing preservatives or heavy spice
    • My advise on this: CHUCK AWAY THE MOUNTAIN DEW and ENERGY DRINKS!! Every time you palpitate, information escapes from you brain!

 

During the test:

  • Read the directions carefully
  • Budget your test taking time
  • Change positions to help you relax- just make sure it is not distracting for others. Can you imagine just lying down flat on the table and do your test? It is going to be really distracting for your class mates. Don’t do that.
  • If you go blank, skip the question and go on
  • If you’re taking an essay test and you go blank on the whole test, pick a question and start writing. It may trigger the answer in your mind.
  • Don’t panic. Once you panic the information is just going to escape.
  • Remember, there is no reward for finishing first. Take your time and scrutinize your answers. Because you are more likely to spot some really minor mistakes that could cost you your marks.
  • Use relaxation techniques (refer to February 21st post- told you! You will need this!)

If you find yourself tensing and getting anxious during the test:

  • Relax; you are in control.
  • Take slow, deep breaths. Like slow. Not hyperventilating.
  • Don’t think about the fear. Think about rainbows and unicorns.
  • Pause: think about the next step and keep on task, step by step
  • Use positive reinforcement for yourself: Acknowledge that you have done, and are doing, your best. Tell yourself you are really smart.
  • Expect some anxiety: It’s a reminder that you want to do your best and can provide energy. Just keep it manageable

After the test, review how you did

  • List what worked, and hold onto these strategies: It does not matter how small the items are: they are building blocks to success
  • List what did not work for improvement
  • Celebrate that you are on the road to overcoming this obstacle

Good Luck on your Finals J

Rachel T.

Source: http://www.studygs.net/tstprp8.htm

Test Anxiety

You have got to admit. Test anxiety does not help whenever you had an exam. If anything, it makes it so much worse. And worst of all, it affects your results too. Since we are approaching finals fast, here are some really good tips that could help you overcome the anxiety.

General preparation/building confidence

  • Review your personal situation and skills
  • Developing good study habits and strategies (refer to February 14th, post)
  • Managing time (dealing with procrastination, distractions, laziness)
  • Organizing material to be studied and learned
  • Take a step by step approach to build a strategy and not get
  • Reviewing your past performance on tests to improve and learn from experience

Test preparation to reduce anxiety:

  • Approach the exam with confidence: Use whatever strategies you can to personalize success: visualization, logic, talking to yourself, practice, team work, journaling, etc.
  • View the exam as an opportunity to show how much you’ve studied and to receive a reward for the studying you’ve done
  • Be prepared!
  • Learn your material thoroughly and organize what materials you will need for the test. Use a checklist
  • Allow yourself plenty of time, especially to do things you need to do before the test and still get there a little early
  • Avoid thinking you need to cram just before
  • Strive for a relaxed state of concentration
  • Avoid speaking with any fellow students who have not prepared, who express negativity, who will distract your preparation. Run far, far away from them!
  • A program of exercise is said to sharpen the mind
  • Get a good night’s sleep – Sleep is good. Sleep more before the night before the exam
  • Don’t go to the exam with an empty stomach- Fresh fruits and vegetables are often recommended to reduce stress. Go to the server and grab an apple or two. It helps keeps you awake too.
  • Stressful foods can include processed foods, artificial sweeteners, carbonated soft drinks, chocolate, eggs, fried foods, junk foods, pork, red meat, sugar, white flour products, chips and similar snack foods, foods containing preservatives or heavy spice
    • CHUCK AWAY THE MOUNTAIN DEW!!

 

During the test:

  • Read the directions carefully
  • Budget your test taking time
  • Change positions to help you relax- just make sure it is not distracting for others. Can you imagine just lying down flat on the table and do your test? It is going to be really distracting for your class mates. Don’t do that.
  • If you go blank, skip the question and go on
  • If you’re taking an essay test and you go blank on the whole test, pick a question and start writing. It may trigger the answer in your mind.
  • Don’t panic. Once you panic the information is just going to escape.
  • Remember, there is no reward for finishing first
  • Use relaxation techniques (refer to February 21st post)

If you find yourself tensing and getting anxious during the test:

  • Relax; you are in control.
  • Take slow, deep breaths
  • Don’t think about the fear
  • Pause: think about the next step and keep on task, step by step
  • Use positive reinforcement for yourself: Acknowledge that you have done, and are doing, your best
  • Expect some anxiety: It’s a reminder that you want to do your best and can provide energy.
  • Just keep it manageable
  • Realize that anxiety can be a “habit” and that it takes practice to use it as a tool to succeed

After the test, review how you did

  • List what worked, and hold onto these strategies: It does not matter how small the items are: they are building blocks to success
  • List what did not work for improvement
  • Celebrate that you are on the road to overcoming this obstacle

Good Luck on your Finals J

Rachel T.