Dealing with Pressure

At some point, you would feel pressured with the number of school work and other responsibilities piling up on your plate. It could leave you tired and stressed especially if your rest intervals are small. Academic stress isn’t new as it is becoming a part of a student’s daily struggle to stay on top of everything. However, the best thing about this is that, when you can overcome this feat, you become a step closer to your goals.

What you need to avoid is when pressure affects you in negative ways. Since stress affects different people in different ways, it can leave you overwhelmed with everything. But not to worry, you are not alone in dealing with stress. Here are a few techniques on how to manage pressure:

Don’t forget to rest.

Never underestimate the power of what an 8-hour sleep could give you. This is the only time your brain and body recuperate after a long day. Once you get enough sleep, you can always face another tomorrow with renewed energy.

Take things one step at a time. 

Researchers say that multitasking affects your brain in ways you didn’t expect – you are being counterproductive. But this does not apply to all tasks. If the tasks you do require the utmost focus to finish them, then switching between them may not be a very good idea. Finish tasks at a pace, and if possible, do things once it’s been assigned.

Make your task list attainable for the day.

Pressure piles up when you try and achieve more than what you can do for the day. Consequently, you’ll find it tiresome as soon as you reach the last two tasks on your list leaving them unfinished. What you can do is finish all urgent tasks for that day and if you’re left with spare time after finishing these tasks, then you can start doing other non-urgent projects.

Take short breaks.

Once there is a major exam/event/project that is just around the corner, take time to prepare for this and try not to push yourself to do certain tasks if you are tired. By taking short breaks, you’ll be able to feel refreshed when you tackle the next tasks.

Always find time to tidy up.

The space where you do your tasks is where you spend most of your time. It’s easier to become efficient in doing things if you know where you kept your materials and other tools. It’s also time-consuming when you need to look for important files and don’t organize them properly. Efficiency is always key to productivity.

When it comes to managing pressure, the best way to deal with it is to check what your day consists of and take each part into bite-size pieces. Always remember that changing your habits and being consistent with them can bring you further as this will mold your character and outlook in dealing with more stressors in the future.

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