Stress, how to surive it.

Stress has been a part of every persons’ life. In the life of this Ateneo student, stress is a normal part of everyday life, and life without this integral part makes one feel lacking. Life with stress is just plain stressful, worrying about big things and little things that may or may not matter. But life without stress is just as stressful and worrisome because it makes a person feel as if they’re bumming and not doing something to help their future or society.

For what reason do people stress in the first place? Doesn’t it serve to make a person seem older than they really are? Perfect examples are those stress tab commercials one can see on Philippine television that show a young working adult who looks over 30 due to stress, when she is in fact below 30 years old. Does everyone yearn to be someone like that, getting wrinkles and pimples and stress marks, with dark eyebags and pale skin that eventually lead to people dying – possibly of over stress which will cause heart attacks? Stress just ultimately leads to a shorter life.

Long gone are the childhood days spent playing with dolls and worrying over simple things such as getting the most updated pencilbox with the latest designs, or having busy weekends spent at a popular friends’ house playing video games or bahay-bahayan (playing house). It seems decades ago when childhood memories were spent worrying only about childhood worries. Who knew that becoming older would lead to more stress, resulting from worrying over one’s future – getting into a good college, surviving college and eventually getting a good job.

Stress is something that none of us can escape. It eventually appears one way or another, may it be school related, future related, or whatever. Here are some random tips on surviving the random things that stress may bring…

How to get rid of eyebags:

1) Sleep early.

2) Temporary measures -cool tea bags or cucumber slices pressed to the eyes for 10 minutes

3) Make-up (concealer), preferrably with sunscreen

4) Under eye creams that contains Vitamin C and Vitamin K to shrink the bags under your eyes.

5) Cold eye masks – those things that you put in the refrigerator for a few hours. Looks like a mask with fluid-y content covered within the plastic casing.

How to surive stressful days:

1) Drink lots of water.

2) Take stress tabs to keep yourself going for the entire day.

3) If you can’t get much sleep because of tons of work, use your free time to SLEEP.

4) Make yourself feel confident, either by dressing up or thinking about things that will make yourself feel good. A boost in confidence will help keep you from over-stressing.

5) Plan your day/week/month so you don’t suddenly forget something important. This inevitably stems from PROPER TIME MANAGEMENT.

In the Ateneo, we have some weeks which we call Hell Week. This usually happens around Midterms or Finals, when professors tend to assign tons of projects, homeworks, papers, tests and such.

During one of the weekly announcements, the COA– Council of Organizations of the Ateneo – posted some ways to deal with Hell Week. Here are the ways to deal with your own personal Hell Weeks.

  1. Manage Time Wisely: It’s important to give yourself plenty of time to work on your studies if you want to do well, and you can save yourself a lot of stress if you plan ahead with good time management skills. Setting up a schedule for study, breaking up your studies into smaller chunks, and other time management skills are essential. Here are some more time management tips you may find helpful.
  2. Get Organized: Have a system of organization for note-taking, keeping track of assignments, and other important papers. Being organized can bring you the peace of mind that comes from knowing where everything is, remembering deadlines and test dates, and clearing your mind of some of the mental clutter that disorganization brings. Keep a calendar, a schedule, and a filing system for your school assignments, and you’ll find it prevents a significant amount of stress!
  3. Create a Good Study Environment: Creating a soothing environment can reduce stress and help you learn. Aromatherapy, for example, is a known stress reliever, and peppermint essential oil is said to wake up your brain, so I recommend burning it as you study. Playing classical music as you study can also soothe you and help you learn (unless you find it distracting). Here’s more on finding a good study space.
  4. Know Your Learning Style: Did you know that we don’t all learn in the same way? It’s important to know whether you’re a visual, kinesthetic or auditory learner, as you can tailor your study practices around your particular learning style and make success easier to attain. Grace Fleming provides a quiz to help you assess your learning style so you can streamline your efforts.
  5. Practice Visualizations: Visualizations and imagery are proven stress management techniques. You can also reduce student stress and improve test performance by imagining yourself achieving your goals. Take a few minutes each day and visualize, in detail, what you’d like to happen, whether it’s giving a presentation without getting nervous, acing an exam, or something else that will support your success. Then work hard and make it happen!
  6. Develop Optimism: It’s been proven that optimists—those who more easily shrug off failures and multiply successes—are healthier, less stressed, and more successful. You can develop the traits of optimism and harness these benefits for yourself, and do better in your studies as a result.
  7. Get Enough Sleep: If you want your performance to be optimum you need to be well-rested. Research shows that those who are sleep-deprived have more trouble learning and remembering, and perform more poorly in many areas. Work your schedule so you get enough sleep, or take power naps.
  8. Use Stress Management Techniques: Chronic stress can actually impair your ability to learn and remember facts as well, stress management is one of the most important–and most overlooked–school necessities. A regular stress management practice can reduce your overall stress level and help you to be prepared for whatever comes. This self test will help you choose wisely.
  9. Learn Study Skills: Here are some more specific study skills and techniques that can help you improve your performance. The more prepared you are, the less stressed you’ll be!

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