Outline: Students should have everything to feel happy: a lot of free time, parents covering most expenses, the best time of your life… But they are actually the ones experiencing the most stress. So how should you cope with stress? Well, try to get a life, have fun, don’t be so dramatic and some occasional Netflix binge watching is the cure you need! Dude… Chill!
The American Psychological Association conducted a study that found that 30 percent of teens reported feeling sad or depressed because of stress and 31 percent felt overwhelmed. Another 36 percent said that stress makes them tired and 23 percent said they’ve skipped meals because of it.
Stress management nowadays is a skill every student should master. The fear of the unknown, the fear that you’re unprepared and the fear that your success is depending on an exam are some of the most common stress inducers. As if this was not enough, students juggle jobs with university, have to pay bills and still want to have a social life. Trying to manage all these things is everything but easy, but all can be avoided if you simply chill (and Netflix). Here are some ways to beat stress effectively:
Listen To Music And Get A Pet
Listening to music can help calm you down and put you in a better frame of mind. If you’re feeling stressed, putting on some calming music while you work could really help. Research proves not only that when you listen to music you like, your brain releases dopamine, which makes you feel emotions like happiness, excitement, and joy but also students who listen to relaxing classical music some minutes before going to sleep are able to rest way better than students who did not do that.
Animals can also help you calm down – it is said that spending time with animals is good for your health. If you pet your Snoopy a couple of minutes, your body releases hormones that make you feel happy and can decrease the amount of stress in your system. Most universities won’t let you keep an animal, though, so spending some time with friends or family who have pets is a good alternative.
Exercise And Meditation
Doing sports at least twice week is one of the best ways to blow off some steam. Even walking 20 minutes a day can help you relax and but it’s even better if you work out intensively. Even if you don’t feel like it at the time you will feel the benefits afterwards. So make yourself a man (or woman) and don’t skip your workouts! You can also try Yoga. It’s a great way to ease your mind and relax your muscles. It might sound simple, but sitting quietly for a few minutes a day can really help you to cope with stress. If you’ve never tried meditation before, just do it!
Take Breaks Regularly
Breaks between can help you switch off. Students who overstress easily should detach from their work to recharge their internal resources. Options include walking, reading a book or simply chit-chat with some friends.
How about taking the weekend off to relax and have some serious, kick-ass fun? Make time for fun and for yourself even if this means that you have to schedule time away from your work. Try to take a break before you reach exhaustion and start making unnecessary stupid questions.
Netflix & Chill
Why not? You will never be as young, beautiful and energetic as you are in your 20’s… Why shouldn’t you lay down on your sofa and watch some movies! Alone! Or with someone else, do it as you wish.
Laugh, Have A Healthy Diet And Unplug Yourself
Not taking life too seriously can make your life exponentially better and easier. Make time for yourself – it’s about time that students accept that it is not that hard to reach your goals without making everything look like a huge, snowy, rocky, slipping mountain to climb. The ability to laugh easily and frequently is an awesome resource, that can help you crack problems more easily, enhancing your relationships, and boost both physical and emotional health.
Your eating habits also play a key role in your happiness. Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, cooking meals at home with friends, reducing your intake of sugar and carbohydrates and drinking plenty of water may help you better with yourself. When you’re busy and tired it can be tempting just to grab another pizza or a hot dog (DON’T DO IT, CONTROL YOURSELF!), but cooking everything on your own can be therapeutic, cheaper and healthier.
Students usually tend to spend a lot of time on social media sites and answering emails, text messages and phone calls. Sociability is fun but it can also induce stress, so disconnecting more often might be what you really need. Failing to switch off from school because of your electronic gadgets will only make you even more stressed, so unplug yourself!