Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Top 5 Tips for Dealing with Stress

Many students and graduates will be feeling stressed right now, which is why I’ve decided to do a blog post about how best to deal with it.
The New Year is in full swing with ranging resolutions from a good degree to a job – not forgetting the less significant ones like eat less chocolate. Anyway, the point is that at times like these, when we have a lot of stress, we need our coping mechanisms.
Below, I have listed five top tips to help you try to deal with stress.

1) Take a break
When you are stressed there is nothing worse than being unproductive with your time. If you are feeling unproductive, then make sure you take a break and don’t think about your work for a while. When you resume working, you’ll feel much better, less stressed and more productive.

2) Think about your lifestyle
Sometimes keeping active and having a healthier lifestyle can really help you feel less stressed. Don’t over work yourself and make sure that you’re having a few ‘me’ hours a week.

3) Be a smart worker
Instead of thinking about working hard, make sure you’re thinking about how you’re working. This comes back to the idea of being unproductive. You don’t want to waste any valuable time. Instead, work out what times you work best for you and for what duration. For instance, I work better in the morning and the afternoon, far better than in the evening. Additionally, working long hours in the day may not work for you, so adjust your working plan to what suits you best. This is where schedules can become very useful.

4) Find your trigger
If you find yourself stressed then try to find yourself a trigger back to normal. Take a break away from a work, and do something else. For example, my trigger is having a tea and biscuit break, but it can be a variety of activities such as, getting some air and going for a walk. It’s all about taking your mind off whatever is the source of your stress.

5) Work the way that works best for you
This last tip really sums up my blog post. If you work smart then you’ll definitely reduce the amount of stress that you feel. Like me, you may be the type of person that finds it difficult to take a break, especially when you have the pressure of knowing that you have a lot work to do. So, if you’re losing productivity make sure you take a break, and understand how you best work. We won’t all be the same and everyone will work best in different ways.

As I said at the beginning, this time of year is one of the busiest for students and graduates. Whether you’re applying for graduate schemes or revising for examinations, it’s always important to work effectively and manage your time correctly.

Remember that the most important aspect of dealing with stress is to recognise when you’re being unproductive with your time. Don’t just work hard, make sure you’re working the way that works best for you.


  1. I think the third point strikes me the most. I feel like I'm so focused on getting work done that I don't concentrate on the overall goal. I think planning beforehand might help me. 'Work smart' is a good saying for someone like me who is prone to stress.

  2. I definitely think schedules are the way forward - especially when you have a lot of work to do.
    I always have a schedule even if it's just a general outline. However, I usually add tasks on a daily basis to make it more detailed and create little deadlines each day. I find that Some deadlines seem so far in the future, but once you start planning, you realise how much little time you have. Anyway, good luck with whatever work you're doing :-)

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