We all at one point in our lives have dealt with stress, and we were never actually taught how to deal with stress, well, at least I have never been taught by family or school how to deal with it.
This past couple of weeks were very stressful for me in my uni life, we had a really big group project to do, and we all know that not every member in group projects are easy to deal with. But, we got through it, along with other minor submissions during the same time of this big stressful group work.
How I deal with stress:
- Write down what I need to do.
I am a visual person, so when I write down everything I need to do, from uni work, to normal day-to-day work, to life. For me, it is mentally easier for me to look at a list, arranged according to ‘deadlines’ for uni work, so I know what to focus on and what can be done later. When I do take on a task, I fully focus on that one task and finish it before moving to the next task, making my stress levels lower, but to be honest, never fully gone. But sometimes this tactic doesn’t work in real life when you need to do two things at the same time, so in this case, I divide the work but still putting my full focus on what I am working on at that moment.
For me, I currently prefer using Google Calendar, it’s very convenient for me because I have it right on my phone to check, add and remove events.
- Seek help where I need it.
If you are like me, you love doing everything your way, but when you have a million and one things to do, you need to learn how to let go of control, and allow others to help you. I am definitely not talking about letting others do your uni work; in this case, I am talking about small things like grocery shopping, or other small tasks that others could help you with.
- There is more to life than deadlines.
Again, if you are like me, you love giving everything you do a 110%. I am a very hard worker in terms of uni work, and personal and private projects, and social life as well. But, I always have to remind my self not to get too caught up on every small task I do, and focus on other things in life. Uni work might seem very important at the time, but after submitting it you realise you didn’t have to go through a mental breakdown to get every single thing right.
To conclude, just enjoy your time and life. We can’t avoid stress, but we all need to study ourselves and learn what calms us down, and how we function best.