University is an amazing time, but it’s not always a walk in the park. We all find ourselves getting stressed out to the point where we question whether “this” is even worth it. It can be hard, but here are some ways to battle that dirty word: stress.
Let it out
I gave a similar tip in a post from last year, but it’s just so important for students to know that it’s normal to feel stressed and overwhelmed. At times it feels like everything is being dumped on you at once, but when this happens, keeping everything bottled up is not the right route. We all have our own way of dealing with stress, but be sure to express those negative feelings, whether that means talking to someone you trust, having a good cry, or even writing down your feelings in a journal or blog.
Take a break
When I say take a break, I don’t mean a lengthy getaway towards the end of the semester that will cause you to get off track. However, unhealthy stress levels do not contribute to productivity or quality work. Wait for an evening or weekend where you don’t have any urgent due dates, and spend that time watching movies, going out to dinner, getting pampered, and/or spending time with loved ones. Mental health is so so so important, and you need to make time for yourself in order to de-stress and refocus.
Try not to think about it
Worrying about all the assignments you need to finish and all the courses you need to study for in the next month or two, yet not actually doing anything will get you absolutely nowhere. It is so easy to feel sorry for ourselves and wallow in self pity, but after letting out your frustration, try to manage your time and focus on the task at hand, rather than getting anxious over every single thing that needs to be done. You’ll be surprised at how much quicker and easier it is to complete tasks when you are working on a weekly basis, instead of a two-month basis.
Take advantage of university resources
Ryerson is very adamant about the well-being of students. That is why we have therapy dogs during exam season, individual and group counseling, and a whole page on Ryerson Student Life’s blog called Take Care RU. This page has blog posts and links that deal with issues affecting physical health, mental health, and everything in between. Don’t be embarrassed to seek help if you need it; trust me, it’s a step in the right direction.
Look at how far you’ve come
Simply getting in to Ryerson was an achievement, and even if you don’t see it, there are other small successes you’ve had in the midst of a crazy semester. When we’re stressed out, we tend to think everything is going horribly wrong in our lives, but there is still so much to be proud of and thankful for. Take a deep breath (or many), think positive, and move forward. You’ll be okay.
How do you deal with stress?