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There are plenty of ways to manage your stress levels

While a little bit of stress can be the spark you need to get motivated, too much is overwhelming. A University of Queensland study of 6500 students published in 2010 found 83.9 per cent of those surveyed felt stressed out, which is three times higher than was the case with the general population.

While the study didn't involve TAFE NSW students, it's reasonable to assume they are equally stressed and possibly more so given they're more likely to be studying while also working full-time and raising a family.

Look after yourself

You're far less likely to feel overwhelmed if you're eating healthily, getting regular physical exercise and enjoying a good night's sleep. If you're really keen, take up breathing exercises, yoga or meditation to maintain a state of serenity.

Plan out a schedule

Leaving things to the last minute isn't going to do your blood pressure any favours. Find out when assignments are due and exams are held, calculate out how much time you need to devote to your studies, then draw up a schedule that involves working a sensible amount of time every week rather than having to pull all-nighters to get things done.

Take time out

It's tempting to put friends, family and recreational activities on the backburner when studying. However, despite the short-term benefits, it won't be long until you start to feel burnt out if all you do is work, study and sleep. Make sure you schedule some time for fun.

Don't be afraid to ask for support

No matter how well organised you are, there are going to be times when you'll be under the pump. There's nothing wrong with asking friends, family and possibly even your employer to be understanding during these periods. If you're experiencing serious and ongoing stress, it may point to a larger issue involving an anxiety disorder or depression, in which case it would be wise to consult your GP or a psychologist.

While studying can be a full-time job in itself, there are plenty of ways to manage your stress levels so they don't end up affecting your performance. By planning well and not weighing yourself down with too many anxieties, you can overcome stress even in the toughest of times.