Student Assembly’s stress tips

Got stress? Student Assembly’s got you covered with these five tips!

With finals approaching and responsibilities only increasing, it is easy for us Captains to get caught up in academic stress. Stress can be described as a “physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation.” This is something very easily applied to academics. 

With all the opportunities open for Christopher Newport University students overextending themselves or feeling pressure to do more these tendencies should almost be part of the curriculum. That’s why Student Assembly is reminding those who feel overwhelmed and are struggling to keep it all together to take a breath and follow these five tips.

1. Plan rewards

When academic work gets piled up it is easy to get caught up. Make sure you plan ahead and set aside time to be happy. This gives you something with which to calm yourself and something to look forward too. This can be spending time with friends, taking a walk or catching up on that show you like for an hour or two. The important thing is that it’s a break from the grind college can sometimes feel like. 

2. Make workload clear 

Make sure your friends are the type of people who understand what responsibilities you’re struggling with and that you need time to yourself to work. Explain to them that you will hang out with them soon and be sure to make plans that you can commit to. Do not let work take away your social life, but finding a healthy balance is vital to a healthy lifestyle.

3. Stop comparing

There will always be someone involved in more things than you are, who has better grades than you or for whatever reason makes you feel pressured to push yourself. The problem with that is that every person is a unique individual with different strengths and weaknesses. It is almost impossible to get a complete picture of a person for a direct comparison. As long as you put real effort into what you care about you’re doing a great job regardless.

4. Care for yourself

No matter how busy you are, the most important thing is your health. Putting aside time for sleep, food, and cleanliness is vital in maintaining a good self-image and allowing you to face the challenges ahead. None of your professors or bosses will appreciate it if you fall asleep or look incapable of handling your responsibilities. 

5. Prioritize

How do you make sure you are going to have time to do all  of the above steps? Well, the most important way to help yourself is to get your workload to a manageable level. Planning out how much time certain tasks take and budgeting out that time of your day is a good way to see when you have free time and how much you have. 

If your schedule is unmanageable then pick the things that areimportant to you and focus on them, while also letting go of the things that you are doing solely for resume or that do not have time for. Focus on what benefits you, and how much you can reasonably and healthily do to the best of your ability. 


NATHAN HOTES, STUDENT ASSEMBLY
NATHAN.HOTES.17@CNU.EDU

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