Let’s Talk about Stress
While it’s only Week 4 and not necessarily the most stressful time of year, stress can build up at any time. After having a conversation with one of my housemates in which she said that she thought I had my life together, I realised how much stress I had been holding inside while putting on a calm front. Nothing dramatic has happened to make me stressed, I just have a lot going on in both my personal and university life that keeps my brain working overtime. I’m not pretending to have all the answers, but here are some points that might help you tackle the stress in your life.
Some insignificant things may be causing you worry when there’s nothing you can do to change them. Try to prioritise the things that are most important to you or meet the next deadline. If you’ve got a week to sort something out, don’t look at that until you’ve done the task due tomorrow. Having a lot going on can really overwhelm you, so take the things you must do one at a time.
I love making lists, sometimes to procrastinate from actually completing what’s on those lists, but nevertheless it’s a good idea to see what you have to do laid out in front of you. You can then tick off what you’ve done as you go, giving yourself a sense of achievement for what you’ve completed even if their only little tasks.
I tend to hold my emotions in until one tiny problem brings everything flooding out. This isn’t a good tactic though, and having a DMC with someone you trust over a bowl of ice cream and a movie is definitely a better alternative. If you’d rather talk to someone confidentially, there are loads of people on campus to talk to, such as Nightline, personal tutors or counsellors. Talking about it won’t take it away but knowing other people are in a similar position or can give you some advice can really ease your mind.
Don’t let stress affect your relationships or your mood. Take time out from stressing to relax with friends or do some exercise. One of my favourite quotes is from the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel; ‘Everything will be alright in the end, so if it’s not alright, it’s not the end’, and when things are getting me down, I try to keep this little motto in my head to know that things will get better and all be okay.