Stressed? You Are Not Alone!

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We are all stressed when we start college. We are all stressed when we are about to graduate and go to real life. And we are all stressed in between for a variety of reasons. Naturally some of us are better to deal with all the problems and issues of college life.

A poll conducted by mtvU and Associated Press in spring 2009 found that more than 2,200 college students across 40 colleges and universities had academic concerns like school work and grades, with 77 percent and 74 percent respectively, maintain their positions as the top drivers of student stress, even over financial woes in today’s economy.

Fact: 50% of students who attend college drop out or fail, 33% within their first year (Source: campuscalm.com).

According to an article on ehow.com titled “Stress Statistics for College Students” by Bettina Drew, “Living away from home, juggling academic demands, worrying about paying tuition and other bills, job hunting and maintaining a rewarding social life combine to create enormous amounts of stress for college students. While a significant percentage of the college population suffers from stress, some students manage their worries through exercise and conversation with friends and family, according to Experience, a college career-services support company.”

We all must learn how to cope with all these issues that may bother some of us more than others. There are mechanisms to deal with stressful situations.

Here are some of the tips suggested by Elizabeth Scott, a wellness coach specializing in stress management and quality of life issues, published at About.com (reviewed by the Medical Review Board). You can apply whenever you feel like you need something to help you out.

  1. Time management. Start with a schedule. Put aside time to study (plenty of time for this one), to have fun (less than study time), meals and chores. And stick to it.

  2. Organize yourself. Create a filing system to keep your important papers, assignments, notes, etc… Nowadays everybody has smart phones. Use the calendar to remind yourself the deadlines. Put several reminders for the same assignment so you won’t leave it to the last minute.

  3. Do you know your learning style? Not everybody learn the same way. Some of us need complete silence. Others will absorb better with a little music. Do you study better with classical music? Maybe you prefer hip-hop or rap music? Whatever is your preference, use it. It may help you to better understand the material.

  4. Practice makes perfect. No wonder our parents kept giving us this boring advice. But it’s true! Practice your presentation, practice even your exam. It will help you. And you will feel better than ever when you see it work.

  5. Try to be optimist. It is proven that optimist people are less stressed and more successful.

  6. Make sure that you get enough sleep. Getting enough sleep is the most important thing you can give to yourself. Sleep deprive people have more trouble learning and remembering. Take power naps during the day if you didn’t have a good sleep the night before. Internet has unlimited sites to learn stress management techniques. Use all the available tools to help yourself.

Finally you can always walk in to the Counseling and Wellness Center right here at NYIT and talk to Ms. Joan O’Connor and other counselors. Some of her good suggestions that can help alleviate stress are: “…sleeping eight hours a night…eating three meals, don’t skip breakfast, get some regular physical activities, shoot some hoops, walk, run…and never hesitate to talk to a good friend or come in and speak to a counselor.”

 

 

 

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