“Stressed is Desserts spelled backward.” – title of a book authored by Brian Luke Seaward
Come to think of it, can reversing stress be as simple as eating desserts? Stress triggers the release of a hormone called Cortisol into our bloodstream. Cortisol increases hunger as our body craves energy to fight the stress we may be facing. We tend to eat junk food because our body wants energy-rich or high-calorie foods. But a quick fix like this may lead to a compulsive eating disorder in the longer run. The key here is to find solutions that are sustainable and easy to work with. Here are some tips that can offload some of that stress and help you focus better on studies.
Set realistic expectations
Setting goals which are attainable help to keep up the motivation. Choosing goals that are too high may trigger frustration since it may seem unlikely achieving them. Create a study plan that helps to organize time and what you’d want to study. With a tailored plan like this, it is easier to monitor progress and avoid any last-minute exam stress.
Take regular breaks
This one needs no introduction because we are familiar with doing things that can disrupt the monotony and pump us up. Taking breaks can refresh the mind, relieve stress and enhance productivity levels. Listening to soothing music, snacking on healthy food, or doing some mindful breathing can stimulate the brain. However, keep in mind that indulging in leisure activities for extended periods without setting a time limit, may ruin the purpose of taking a break. So, go ahead and take that break when your body asks for it. Just remember to choose the activities wisely, so that you don’t regret wasting time.
Express your feelings instead of bottling them up
When in stress, you may have a need to be heard or accepted. The first step is to realize and understand what the requirements are – is it something that others can help with, in word or deed? Next, honor those needs by communicating with people you trust. While expressing, it is essential to listen too. It can help understand things from a different point of view or find solutions that were never thought of. Expressing yourself can leave a feeling of being understood which can reduce the stress levels.
Get enough sleep
A lack of sleep can cause stress, and stress can interrupt your sleep with disturbing thoughts. To break this vicious cycle, you need to regulate your sleep cycles. Apart from getting a minimum of 8 hours of sleep, it is crucial to maintaining a consistent sleep schedule. Avoid any mentally demanding work at least an hour before going to bed, so that the brain gets enough time to calm down. Pick up a coloring book or do some meditation to help de-stress.
There is life beyond exams, so there is no point fretting over a test or being overly anxious. There’s no doubt that your success in school relies a great deal on your performance in exams. However, the score is not the only deciding factor for your future career. Life is more than academic success. Make time for things you enjoy, to stay balanced with all that studying. And don’t forget to treat yourself even if it’s in a small way for a job well done. Be patient with yourself and do the best you can!
In this day and age of intense competition, it is essential for students to learn to calm their nerves. The tips mentioned above can help young minds to set reasonable expectations and feel more confident, which can go a long way in keeping stress at bay.