Stress-Reducing Techniques to Help Cope with School or College

Stress-Reducing Techniques to Help Cope with School or College

Today we have a guest post from Isaiah Banks who is a full-time graduate student studying health care administration. During his undergraduate studies, he realized academic stress was overtaking his life. He investigated stress-reducing techniques, which allowed him to study effectively and, he hopes, will eventually prepare him for healthcare management jobs. 

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It’s no secret that school can be stressful. Pursuing a degree requires a student to perform at his or her absolute best. If this stress is left unchecked, it can be devastating to a student’s overall success, not to mention their entire well-being.

Fortunately, there are numerous ways to keep stress in check. Each technique will work differently, depending on your preferences as well as your mind and body. Take time to thoroughly practice each to find one, or even several,  that will work best for you.

Techniques to Reduce Your Stress

The can significantly below reduce stress. Explore these strategies until you find one that is right for you.

  • Meditation The state of your body and mind have a profound effect on your ability to handle pressure and conflicts. Pressure from professors, as well as internal conflicts, are a major source of stress. Regularly meditating can prevent stress from building up. Take time at the beginning of each day to sit in a comfortable position with your eyes closed. Attempt to clear your mind by focusing entirely on your breath. Count the length of your inhales and your exhales. This will provide your brain with more oxygen, and you’ll start the day with a clear head.
  • Time ManagementOne of the biggest sources of stress in a student’s life is worry. They worry about not getting everything done, worry about upcoming projects and worry about fitting in an active social life. However, this source of stress can be entirely eliminated by enacting a time management strategy. At the beginning of each week, create a schedule with everything you are required to complete. Include studying, classroom hours and projects that are due. Now, you can clearly see how the week ahead of you will transpire.
  • Proper NutritionAccording to the Mayo Clinic, having a well-balanced diet can alleviate stress by providing your mind and body the nutrients they need to function. When you do not receive required nutrients, your body goes into panic mode. This is aggravated by the external stresses of school. Depending on your degree, you may be aware that nutrition has a profound effect on a person’s ability to think clearly. Someone pursuing a master in health administration or a similar degree has likely covered this phenomenon in their studies.
  • Leisure TimeSchedule time to do whatever it is that you enjoy — whether this means relaxing on the couch, sitting by the pool or spending time with friends. Leisure time can help you process and release accumulated stress. Make an effort to not think or talk about your studies to maximize the quality of your leisure time.
  • Disconnecting from ElectronicsThe modern world is one of constant connection. It’s important to take time out of your day to disconnect. Turn off your laptop, smartphone and tablet. Don’t turn on the TV, either. Simply relax by yourself without having to process any external stimuli. This will significantly allow you to reduce and release stress.

Stress Can Be Avoidable

Carefully explore the above techniques to become a considerably less-stressed student. You’ve taken time to study, completed projects and done everything in your power to earn high grades. You owe it to yourself to put this same amount of effort into finding a way to reduce stress throughout your education. Not only will mastering one or two of these techniques help you make the most of your studies, it will also help you in your career and personal life. Forming a lifelong habit to cut down on stress can lead to a longer, happier and altogether more fulfilling life.

About the Author: Isaiah Banks is a full-time graduate student studying health care administration. During his undergraduate studies, he realized academic stress was overtaking his life. He investigated stress-reducing techniques, which allowed him to study effectively and, he hopes, will eventually prepare him for healthcare management jobs. 

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What is Personal Development?

What is personal development?

Personal development is a way that you can develop yourself; sometimes alone, sometimes with support from others.

Personal development can help you identity and develop your talents and potential.

You can improve your career opportunities, enhance the quality of your life and contribute to the realization of your dreams and aspirations.

Personal development enables you to;

  • Expect to succeed
  • Take risks and set challenging goals
  • Keep trying, if at first you don’t succeed
  • Manage emotions and fears when the going gets rough
Want to develop the Personal Development Mindset?  Would you like to reach your career goals and aspirations, while having a fulfilling home and personal life? Find out more at this link

Personal development means improving self awareness and confidence as well as developing your talents and potential.  It improves your employment opportunities, enhances your quality of life and helps you to realize your dreams and aspirations.  It includes  formal and informal activities for developing yourself . Personal development includes the following activities:

  • Improving self-awareness
  • Improving self-knowledge
  • Improving self confidence and self esteem
  • Developing strengths or talents
  • Improving job opportunities
  • Spiritual development
  • Identifying or improving potential
  • Enhancing lifestyle or the quality of life
  • Improving relationships
  • Improving health
  • Fulfilling aspirations
Want to develop the Personal Development Mindset?  Would you like to reach your career goals and aspirations, while having a fulfilling home and personal life? Find out more at this link

Wendy Mason is a career coach.  She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.  Before working as a coach, Wendy had a long career in both the public and private sectors in general management and consultancy as well as spells in HR.  She now divides her time between coaching and writing. You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com

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Management – Staying Fit To Manage.

Management – staying fit to manage.

So the Olympics and the Paralympics had inspired most of us but what does staying fit mean for managers?

Well, managing people is never something to be taken lightly.  Being responsible for other people requires something beyond basic competence, you need to be motivated, alert and committed to the goals  of your group.  Motivation and alertness require energy and in order to stay energetic you need to be fit in both mind and body.

Too many managers feel too tired and stressed out to stay fit. But that is something of a vicious circle because  feeling too tired to eat properly or to take exercise in turn leads to having even less energy.  On top of that lack of sleep, as a result of stress, means we are  on a downward spiral.  As responsible people and responsible managers we need to have the confidence to a halt.

Some simple changes can make a huge difference to how we feel and our ability to do the things required of us.

You will find lots of advice and tips on diet including a Heathy Eating Assessment test at this link http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/eight-tips-healthy-eating.aspx

As for advice on physical activity and exercise – you will find advice at this link http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/physical-activity-guidelines-for-adults.aspx

If you are not sure what’s causing your fatigue?  There are some common energy zappers that may be to blame – and here are some tips on how to overcome them. http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/tiredness-and-fatigue/Pages/causes-of-tiredness.aspx

My own simple tips (and I’m still working on getting fit) – never leave home without breakfast and never spend more than four hours in an office environment without taking a short walk in the fresh air. Now I’m off to practice what I preach.

Wendy Mason is a career coach.  She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.  Before working as a coach, Wendy had a long career in both the public and private sectors in general management and consultancy as well as spells in HR.  She now divides her time between coaching and writing. You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com

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What is Personal Development?

What is personal development?

Personal development is a way that you can develop yourself; sometimes alone and sometimes with support from others.

Personal development can help you identity and develop your talents and potential.

You can improve your career opportunities, enhance the quality of your life and contribute to the realization of your dreams and aspirations.

Personal development includes;

  • Understanding yourself as an individual
  • Building your self-image and self-esteem
  • Developing strengths or talents
  • Improving your opportunities in the job market – your career
  • Identifying or improving your potential
  • Enhancing your quality of life and relationships
  • Improving health and social abilities
  • Fulfilling aspirations and dreams
  • Developing and carrying out personal development plans

Personal development enables you to;

  • Expect to succeed
  • Take risks and set challenging goals
  • Keep trying, if at first you don’t succeed
  • Manage emotions and fears when the going gets rough
  • Be Optimistic
  • Be Self-Confident
  • Be a Self-Starter and take responsibility for your own development
  • Be Open  and share you success with others

Coming shortly – the WiseWolf Career and Personal Development Network – if you would like to know more email wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com

Wendy Mason is a career coach working mainly with professional women who want to make that jump to senior level.Before working as a coach, Wendy had a long career in both the public and private sectors in general management and consultancy as well as spells in HR. She now divides her time between face to face coaching, and coaching and blogging on-line. You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com

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Are you stressed-out by your poor work-life balance?

I’ve been there and got the tea-shirt in coping with work-life balance problems and I know that I can help you.
You know you have a work-life balance problem when you
  • Don’t have enough time for everything and spend what time you have handling scheduling conflicts,
  • Feel stressed and overwhelmed by trying to balance your different roles.
Find out more on  WiseWolf’s Your Happiness Factor Blog at this link

Are you stressed-out by your poor work-life balance?

Wendy Mason is a Life and Career Coach.  She helps people have the confidence they need to be successful at work and to change career while maintaining a good work/life balance. You can email her at wendymason @wisewolfcoaching.com

 

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Be a Self-Starter – Confidence and the Personal Development Mindset

There is a new post at the blog for my Wisewolf Personal Development Coaching Website.  Developing a Personal Development Mindset is important if you wish to develop as a manager or leader so you might find this post intereesting.

“The third characteristic of a Personal Development Mindset  is to be a self-starter!

WHAT IS BEING A SELF-STARTER

Personal development means taking personal responsibility for your own learning and development and taking the first steps yourself. Usually this is through a process of review/stock-take, exploration/research, and taking action. BUT HOW DO YOU TAKE THAT FIRST STEP?   Read more »

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Job Search and Motivation – when the motivation vampire strikes!

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At last I’ve heard from Dave.  You can find his latest news at this link and it is a sad tale.  Poor June has been in the wars and Dave has done his best to help but all isn’t well.  Apart from anything else I think the motivation vampire has struck.

It is very easy to become depressed when you have been out of work for a long time.  Your motivation seems to just drain away and you may feel you can’t be bothered any more.

You stop expecting to find the right job and begin to wonder if you will get any job at all.

You can feel depressed and hurt that you can no longer support yourself and your family financially in the way that you believe you should! You may feel you are letting people down.  This in turn can lead to stress and anxiety.

So what do you do?  First and foremost, talk to your family about what is happening and share the problems and the responsibilities with them.  I bet they don’t feel half as bad as you think and perhaps they can help share the financial load. Seek help in managing your finances if you need to and talk to your bank before you get into real financial difficulties.
As for motivation, well yes there are things that you can do to help!
  • Make sure you are working to a routine Monday to Friday. Set yourself some working hours and stick to them
  • Dedicate a space in your home to working – even if it is the dining room table make it look different during working hours.  Spend your working time there apart from lunch and coffee breaks
  • Get some time out of the house each day – go for a walk at lunch time – but get out and take some exercise
  • Revise your CV and your marketing material to show any voluntary work you have been doing
  • Do some voluntary work – it will be good for you, them and your CV
  • Set some targets for yourself in terms of networking meetings (coffee meet-ups etc), sending off CVs etc each week and stick to it
  • Share your targets with someone else and give them permission to challenge you about their achievement – they will enjoy helping you.
  • Enquire about local jobhunter clubs and meetups – here is a example if you are London UK based   London Jobhunters Meetup Group

Above all think though your options again – just like Dave you may have a “hobby” skill that could be the basis of a new business and a whole new, and better, way of life! See that old vampire off – somewhere out there is the right future for you!

Wendy Mason works as a Coach, Consultant and Blogger. She works with all kinds of people going through many different kinds of personal and career change, particularly those wanting to increase their confidence.
If you would like to work on developing your own confidence, Wendy has a Learn to Be Confident Program at this link
You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com  or ring ++44 (0)2084610114
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