Psychology Teacher Hands Out 101 Ways to Cope with Stress
College can be stressful, but I'm here to tell you that stress doesn't just melt away once your diploma is in hand. A psychology professor recently shared 101 Ways to Cope with Stress with his students; one of which shared it on Twitter. Here are my highlights:
Get up 15 minutes earlier
- I know, I know; easier said than done, right? I am SO guilty of hitting the snooze button and starting my morning at the last possible second. I'm sure that if I gave myself a little more time in the morning, I'd feel way more in control of my day.
Prepare for the morning the night before
- This is one that I have mastered and it makes all the difference. Right before I go to bed I pack my breakfast and lunch, set my clothes out, and make sure my keys are in my bag. Nothing is more stress-inducing than running around last minute looking for your keys. I check my calendar to see if I have anything going on the next day so I'm properly prepared for any appointments I have set up; paperwork is accounted for, gym bag is prepped, etc.
Say "no" more often
- ...and make every "yes" count.
Simplify meal times
- When I first started meal prepping for the week, I would go OVERBOARD. I would find some intricate muffin recipe for breakfast, a 30-ingredient "easy to whip up" (if you have a full Food Network staff working behind the scenes) snack, two meals that could be split between lunch and dinner; one slow cooker, one standard oven. I would spend my entire Sunday in the kitchen. Don't get me wrong, the outcome de-stressed my week, but it made me loathe my weekend. I also found that I usually made dinner plans last minute with friends, so half of the food wouldn't get eaten. I decided on sticking to two hard-boiled eggs and a grapefruit for breakfast, chicken breasts and an easy vegetable side for lunch, and immediately boxing half of my dine-out dinner for leftovers the next night.
Break large tasks in to bite-sized portions
- A project can, at first, seem overwhelming, but thinking about the steps it will take to get from Point A to B will help make it manageable. Also, delegate tasks you don't like or aren't comfortable with. This, of course, is a lesson I'm still learning.
Schedule play time in to every day
- It's really easy to get wrapped up in responsibility and push hobbies and fun to the side, but you know what they say about all work and no play...
Stop saying negative things to yourself
- Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right.
Do a brand new thing
- It's never too late to learn a language or start a new hobby. Don't get stuck in a rut; explore, take a class, keep learning.
Stop a bad habit
- Pat yourself on the back for your successes, forgive and move on from your failures.
Strive for excellence not perfection
Quit trying to fix people
- It's not your job. The only person you are responsible for is you.
Get enough sleep
- I'm guilty of not getting enough sleep, that's for sure. Bed time will approach and it's always "one more chapter" or "one more episode." I wake up tired, hitting the snooze button, and starting my morning at the last possible second. Then it's wash, rinse, repeat. Yet another from this list I have to work on on the road to self-improvement.
And remember... when all else fails... just keep swimming.