Happy final exams week, everyone! This is an excellent time to feel stressed. How in the world will this pile of homework and study notes ever disappear?
You don’t need to be superman, but you DO need to learn how to deal with stress if your plate is a little full.
When faced with a challenge, we become stressed. This extra “push” helps us get going (we all know the feeling of procrastination, then getting work done in a hurry). However, when we are faced with a too difficult or too many challenge(s), stress becomes detrimental to both our mental and physical health. Some symptoms include:
- trouble falling asleep (increased alertness)
- poor judgement
- memory/concentration problems
- rapid breathing
- hypertension (rising blood pressure)
- rising heart rate
- aches and pains
- digestive system slows down
- immune system is weakened
So how do we handle stressful situations?
Psychologists suggest that people express stress in three ways.
1. Foot-on-gas: Anger/agitation is expressed, you’re unable to sit still and waves of emotion wash over you.
2. Foot-on-brake: Withdrawal/depression occurs, and you shut down and have little energy or emotion.
3. Foot-on-both: You feel agitated, but seem to be frozen and unable to do anything.
To prevent stress from taking over, we must learn how to relax!
Try yoga, meditation, and deep breathing exercises to balance stress levels on a daily basis. They’ll help you stay cool, calm, and collected.
Take a break and go watch a movie with friends or have a family dinner together.
Know when you’ve been pushed to the limit and don’t ask for more work to do.
Look positively at the things you can’t change, and try to make the best out of it.
So good luck with finals, and remember: winter break is just around the corner!