Tips for handling stress
- Add balance to life; don’t overdo studies or play.
- Know and accept what kind of person you are: strengths and weaknesses.
- Get a thorough physical exam.
- Take “time-outs,” especially during study.
- Expand your support network, reinforce friendships.
- Spend time with people who are not stressed.
- Discuss problems with friends, family, dean or counselor.
- Exercise! It relieves bodily tension and increases oxygen flow to your brain!
- Walk loosely and walk more.
- Learn and practice relaxation skills.
- Focus on immediate issues.
- Study each subject regularly for moderate periods of time.
- Credit yourself when things go right!
- Assume your challenges are all solvable
- Concentrate on your breathing – see below for deep breathing exercises
- Assume your troubles are temporary rather than permanent.
- Get a massage!
Attitude Is Everything
Attitude is important—it affects:
- How successful you are in achieving your academic and personal goals
- How you feel, mentally and physically
- How you look, what you say and what you do.
7 Easy Ways to Develop a Positive Attitude:
- Be confident.
- Be positive.
- Be punctual.
- Be patient: some things just take time to do.
- Believe in yourself: you are unique in this world, and so are your talents.
- Set goals for yourself: then WORK hard to achieve them.
- Get fun out of life: don’t take yourself too seriously.
Positive Thinking :)
Negative Thinking :(
“I’ll make a schedule”
“It doesn’t matter.”
Willingness to learn
“I’ll ask for help.”
“If it happens, it happens
“I’ll concentrate and pay attention.”
“It’s not interesting.”
Knowing your goals
“I want to improve.”
“I don’t understand it.”
“I’ll try my best.”
“It’s not worth my time.”
“I’ll work on it now.”
“It’s too much trouble.”
Adapted by Rachel Fleming ’00 from the pamphlet “Your Attitude and You” by Channing L. Bete Co., Inc.