Stress can be defined as a state of mental tension and worry caused by problems in your life, work, or anything in your environment. Such tension usually arises from our inability to manage certain factors in our environment, giving us a sense of not being in control, PRISCA AMONGIN writes.
People react to situations differently, and stress levels vary from individual to individual. In this season of the semester when pressure is mounting from tests, courseworks and a lot of activities going on, it is important to know who you are and what factors easily cause you stress.
Here are some methods of dealing with stress: Everyone has an obligation to be in control of certain aspects of their life. If it is words which get to you, people who annoy you, or any other thing, try to avoid these.
Also, let go of some things and move on. For example if you failed a past test due to poor preparation, read ahead for the next one. Remember, you cannot turn back the clock; worrying and dwelling on it will only mount up your levels of stress.
Stress can also be avoided by managing your time and having a plan for the day.
Avoid crises and do not procrastinate. If you have a task to execute, do yourself a favour and get on with it, now!
Have a to-do list to help guide you on what to execute on a daily basis. It will keep you on track if you lose your way or sway from it.
Meet up with friends that will hold you accountable. They could provide advice, or help you talk through a difficult situation.
Do something that you love to do: take a walk, eat a healthy and balanced diet to help the brain function better; watch a movie, visit a friend, and exercise.
Pray: the time one spends in God’s presence or listening to gospel music can help relieve the stress. Music can help you relax and calm down.
Sleep is a good remedy. Endeavour to have sufficient sleep so that you get strength and zeal to face the day ahead of you.
Live within your means. Do not set yourself up for failure by living up to financial and other standards that you cannot maintain. Stress can arise from trying to keep up appearances and the long-term effect could be depression and despair.
Above all, be alert to what is going on around you and to the occurrences in your body such that you are on top of what is transpiring in your life, to avoid stress.
The writer is a second-year student of Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance