Starting Point: Know Where You Struggle
As a college student in New York, I struggle with stress in my internship, work, and school.
Use this list of questions to identify possible areas for growth.
- What part of life causes me the most stress? (work, family, school)
- Do you feel more external or internal pressure? (Is your boss grilling you or are you just an extreme overachiever?)
- Home: Is it a good place to rest or do you need to find another place to call your oasis?
- What do you want your life to look like in respect to stress and mindset?
- Are you getting enough sleep?
- Are you getting enough rest? (There is a difference)
- When are you free during the week and what are your most stressful days?
Personally, my calmer nights are Tuesday and Saturday nights which is why I choose these days to relax and regroup.
I mostly deal with internal stress. The key to slow your mind down a bit and put things into perspective. My go to is a calming drink like chamomile tea, a good book, and fuzzy socks. I shut down all of my electronics and call it an early night (i.e., 9 p.m. because I’m an old lady).
Evaluate what your most important deadlines and goals are. Keeping a planner or using a calendar helps keep track of your obligations.
External stressors feel impossible to control. Now identify what you CAN control and work hard at those things. Focus on those tasks instead.
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
I have to release the stress somehow. I go on a jog, work out, or take a karate class.
Now that you have a better feel for yourself, you can work on doing little things every day to make life a little chiller, a little brighter, and a little better.