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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.