We get it, life is stressful. Especially in trying times like these, with COVID-19 going around, we are all dealing with our own struggles leaving us feeling overwhelmed and tired. However, not all stress is bad; there are good stress as well. Stress that helps us grow and improve our self-efficacy. So what exactly is stress and how do we deal with it?
Stress is basically a feeling of emotional or physical tension; it’s our body’s reaction to a challenge or demand. It is more broadly defined as an imbalance in our physiological systems which triggers responses to restore equilibrium.
So how we deal with stress?
1) Avoid Fatalistic and Catastrophic Thinking
We have stop thinking that everything we do has to perfect or else it is a failure, or fatalistic thinking. Catastrophic thinking is presuming the most irrational, worst-case outcomes. Thinking like this will only make us more stressed. It is important to think rationally, prioritize, and be realistic with our expectations for ourselves. Not everything has to be thought of in a flight-or-fight mindset, even the smallest of achievements is commendable.
2) Time Management
Reminders can help us keep track of our day-to-day activities or deadlines whether that be for work or academics. Don’t forget to set aside some time for yourself to ensure that you don’t get burnt out.
3) Avoid Procrastination
Putting things off until the last minute can increase your stress. Accomplish one task at a time.
4) Get Enough Sleep
We understand how tempting it is to stay up late to increase the amount of time you have for deadlines, assignments, leisure, etc. but it is detrimental for your emotional health. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends at least 7 or more hours or sleep which may improve your mood and brain functions.
5) Exercise and Eating Healthy
A healthy balanced diet and exercise can help reduce stress by improving your mood and providing the resources that your body needs to thrive.
We understand that there may be times where you feel so overwhelmed that you don’t know what to do. In times like that, remember to be compassionate to yourself and allow yourself to relax. Things may not always go according to plan, and that is OK. Remember, you got this!