“Steal these 4 Ideas that’ll help you study when you feel stressed.”
“If you don’t like how things are, change them”. -JIM ROHN
Stress is an integral part of a student’s life. It is not something that we can avoid altogether, and oftentimes, it gives that encouraging boost to get things done.
Stress can be good but only to a certain extent. The moment it takes a toll on our mental health is when things get challenging. The feeling of exhaustion and fatigue that creeps into our bones and doesn’t budge no matter the strain we put on ourselves, is, unfortunately, a reality that most students face in this fast-paced world that thrives on competition. It overwhelms us to the point of being unable to get anything done which, in turn, adds to the anxiety especially during times of fast-approaching exams and assessments.
However, it is not as hopeless as it sounds. There are ways one can break out of this vicious cycle and let go of the stress while making strides in our work.
1. Acknowledge; for Change!
The key is to recognize and accept that you are under a lot of pressure. Take a deep breath and give yourself some time to feel sad and go on a rant about schools and whatnot because contrary to popular belief, negative emotions, when channeled aptly, help gather oneself.
Then, move on. Make a list of things that are weighing on your mind and get to either finding solutions or accepting the fact there is no use worrying about it.
2. Something is better than Nothing.
A lot of us “suffer” from perfectionism. Sometimes assignments take longer to complete because we are too busy worrying that it’s just too much to do. Instead, we should convince ourselves that getting a few things sorted out and submitted at the right time is a better alternative than just cribbing and not doing anything.
At least that way, you won’t lose definitive marks for late submission and will have spare time to do other things. Our brains have a nasty habit of blowing things out of proportion, so it probably won’t even be as bad as you think it is. Surprise yourself!
3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Be it for your personal or study-related problems, never hesitate to ask for help. The people in your life will always be there for you and will only be glad to be of help. If it’s the professional assistance you need, go talk to your parents or friends about it. Your mental health matters! Grades can take a back seat.
As for studies, there are numerous doubt-solving and even instant doubt-solving apps that you can take advantage of on the internet the moment something pops up in your head. Particularly for the more difficult portions like science and math doubts which would take a lot more time when you are trying to figure it out on your own.
4. Be more kind to yourself!
You deserve it after all the effort and time you have put in. Take consistent breaks while studying and do something that you love and will lift your spirits. Coming back to your books after some much-needed me-time will put you in a healthier mind frame, and help you concentrate better.
Take some fixed rest days when you feel like you can’t get out of bed, much less spend time in front of a book. Sometimes sleep can be productivity at its finest. It is as important as studying and will help you retain information better rather than just going through the motions for the sake of it.
If something wouldn’t matter to you in the long run, then quit worrying about it now and just get it done, because it’s not worth all the trouble.
Mental health matters. Prioritize it.