Ah, Stress! A very common enemy of all.
It is with us nearly every day. Dealing with it sometimes makes us wish to fall into a deep, long sleep just to escape it. Some even deal with it behind huge grins, you can barely notice it. Nevertheless, one thing is certain, stress is not the most desirable companion. One of its trigger-factor is its pal tik-tok, Time pressure. Not only it triggers stress it also heightens anxiety that snatches our ability to focus and our peace.
If you’re having a tough time, try out these 8 rules I follow:
Rule number 1. Get your beauty sleep
One of the most primitive rules of all-time, sleep. And amid of chasing deadlines, this rule is also the most challenging to follow. As much as you want to beat your 24 hours and force yourself to wrap things up, your body would eventually demand its rest. Our body has limits and from time to time needs to recharge so it can restore its strength—both mentally and physically.
While exhausted, obviously, we lose grip of our sense of focus. Subsequently, reducing our brain’s ability to process and retain information. So, close those tired eyes and calm your mind by sleeping.
Rule number 2. Make a to-do list
This will help you organize and keep track of your tasks. This will also make you feel productive, it helps the mind to work organized and well. Utilize your time by identifying what to prioritize. (READ: 11 Study Habit Tips)
Suggestion: Do the easiest task first before dealing with the difficult one.
Through this, you would avoid worrying about the easier stuff as you would spend too much time dealing with difficult tasks. This will assure you that at the end of the day, despite not having to finish the difficult task but at least you did not leave the easier ones untouched.
Rule number 3. Organize your desk
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a neat study environment? Aside from organizing your thoughts, organize your study environment as well. It’s nice and more efficient to work in a clean place, finding things that you would be using for the project wouldn’t be difficult.
Take Note: this is an essential practice for students since we will be able to apply this to our workplace in the near future.
Rule number 4. Brain boosters
Grab those tasty treats, may it be almonds or coffee. Choose snacks that will keep your brain alert. The technique is to retain your focus. Take short breaks and stretch those numb muscle that has been sitting for a while.
Trick your mind to stay alert, losing your focus is the last thing you would like to happen.
Rule number 5. Maximizing resources
Utilize as many resources as possible—may it be your old notes or using the most resourceful tool of today, the internet. Since most schools train students to work with peers in preparation for employment, with regards to group projects, don’t let yourself fall into that pit of “I can do everything,” because you can’t. In case you got assigned as a leader, make sure to divide the task equally. Aside from maximizing time, everyone in the group will then learn and get involved in the project. Don’t stress yourself by catching all the responsibility.
Take Note: the success of group work also depends on teamwork.
Rule number 6. Ask for help when needed
As students, it’s somewhat an unspoken rule to do our own research aside from actively taking notes in class. However, if certain topics take a toll on you, remember that it’s okay to ask for help—be it your classmates, your seniors, or your teachers. Asking would mean interest in learning, not stupidity.
Take Note: Asking questions is a continuous seeking for knowledge.
Rule number 7. NEVER skip a meal
You may be too focused and don’t want any interruptions. But working with an empty stomach would only create more interference such as irritations (leading to loss of focus) and intestinal problems (you probably don’t want this). Take good care of your body, it’s your only passport to success.
Take Note: While grades matter in accomplishing academic goals, the wellness of your physical and mental health still far more important.
Rule number 8. If all else fails, you can always opt to fall back and
There are things in life that are too much for us to bear. Jokes aside, crying can really relieve stress. It flushes the stress hormones and toxins out from our system. Aside from that, you can take long walks, spend alone time with nature, or be somewhere where you can momentarily steer your mind away from stress. Heck, you might as well try and mark a particular day as your ‘lazy day’. Other options include talking to a trusted friend, loved one, or a close family member. Any activities that you find it comforting (you can stress eat), let yourself recharge.
Take Note: it’s more productive to work without a heavy heart.