Stress and anxiety
Stress has a negative connotation to most people. It’s something you most likely want to avoid. However, some stress isn’t bad at all. Challenges, who cause a certain amount of stress, like studying abroad, can make you feel alive. Also, it helps us to perform even better, because it helps us to focus. However, if you are experiencing too much stress, there are negative effects. You might feel overwhelmed, have a black-out on an exam, have difficulties sleeping etc.
There are a million ways you can manage your stress.
- You can change the cause of your stress. For example, if a fight with your brother causes you a great deal of stress, you can make up.
- You can change the way you perceive your stressful situation. For example: Instead of thinking “I will never pass my course”. You can think: “I will do my absolute best and see how it goes.” Easier said than done, we know. It will take some rehearsing to get the hang of it, but if you keep repeating these helpful thoughts, they will become more automatic.
- You can change the effect of stress. For example: you can try relaxation exercises, go for a walk in a forest, go running, listen to music, talk to a friend… Try to find a way to relieve your stress that works for you.
These exercises might help you to relax your body:
- 10 apps to relax and to enjoy mindfulness
Recognize that, considering the circumstances, it is normal to feel anxious and worried from time to time. What can you do if your worries take up too much space? Talk about your worries with family and friends.
It’s natural to worry from time to time, about your courses, your family and friends, .... If you notice your worrying thoughts are taking up too much time, you can try one of the following tips:
- Try to find some distraction. Watch a series or movie, skype with your family, go for a walk with a friend …
- Put off your worries: spend some time every day to worry. If you notice you start worrying at any other time, think: “This is something to worry about in my time dedicated to worrying.” And if it helps, you can write it down on a piece of paper. If you do it often enough, it will become a routine. In the time you worry (approximately 15 minutes), you can worry about all the things you wrote down.
- Realise that worrying isn’t helping you. It doesn’t lead to great insights, but narrows your view and enlarges the situation.
And don’t forget: the study coaches and student psychologists remain accessible (appointments can be made via Google Meet).