Dealing with S-T-R-E-S-S

There is always to much too do in a short period of time.  It begins to feel overwhelming, then you start to think about it and then you begin to feel like your entire life is falling apart.  We all have this problem, and it is a major one for college students today.  There is a lot of pressure on us to be successful and to be better than previous generations. This has led us to be one of the most stressed out generations in history.

First, take a deep breath and ALWAYS remember you are not alone in this stressed out world.  Every college student goes through this and every college student can get through it.  Even the music college students.  Follow these tips:

  • Remember you are in control of your life, take charge
  • Don’t focus on small stuff.  Usually, they are not as important as the major things happening in your life.
  • Learn how to relax yourself…you can do yoga, meditation.  I turn on meditation piano pieces and burn a couple of candles.  It works!
  • SET realistic goals!
  • When you start to feel overwhelmed with everything someone else wants you to do….JUST SAY NO! It’s ok.  Explain the situation, and I am sure they will understand.
  • GET SLEEP, college students always try to make up missed hours during the day at night.  Try to get 8 hours. It makes a difference. Go to bed at 10pm, wake up 2 hours before class and finish your homework.
  • REMAIN POSITIVE!  This has to be one of the hardest for everybody, but it really works.  When I start to be a downer on myself, I pull out my little notebook and write what I’ve accomplished and how great of a person I am.  It’s something I can always go back to in a time of need.
  • MASTER the to-do list!  On the list, write the most important thing to the least important thing to get done.  It’s ok not to get everything done!  If you find yourself at the end of the day not completing the smaller things…cross them out…there is always another day for those things.
  • Walk away from a stressful situation…take a 10 minute walk or drive.

When times are tough, we stress…ALOT.  During those times, just remember to keep telling yourself, “I’ll do the best I can.”  “Just one step at a time…”  And remember, you are never alone.  Talk to people, I bet you they are feeling the same way.

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