You Are Smarter Than You Think teaches individuals how to unlock their capacity of mental function. To put it simply, this program teaches you how to train your brain and harness the best study habits for college and beyond. While college is largely a complex and tense time for many, we are here to continue our stress reduction techniques. The first part of this blog can be read here.
While too much of anything is bad for you, and caffeine also seems to be a right of passage into adulthood. That said, be smart about your daily caffeine intake. Coffee will almost always be better for you than taking artificial stimulants. Caffeine pills and other prescription medications seem to give you the extra boost for a moment, but he inevitable crash is dangerous for your mind and body. Drink coffees and teas with as little added sugar as you can manage and drink healthy amounts of water throughout your day. While water is boring, it is the quickest and most efficient way to wake up your senses.
Life is challenging. Thankfully, everyone knows that, so know you’re not alone. Please utilize your relationships with peers, friends, and family, and professors. We encourage you to do whatever you need to address and externalize your emotions. Also remember that there are trained individuals who went to school and have been in your shoes whose career dreams are to help others get through this stage of life. These people are called counselors and mental health professionals. Utilize their services like you would for any of your other health concerns.
You’re panicking, you’re pressed for time, you’re unfocused and you’re just feeling frazzled! It’s time to stop and relax. Much of this build up of stress and negative emotion can be stopped with the conscious effort to calm and bring yourself relief. You know yourself best, so tap into the activities that you know will bring you to serenity. Whether that is reading a non-academic book, taking a warm bath, playing loud music, or putting yourself into someone else’s hand and getting a professional massage, find ways to calm your body and mind.
Your day is packed with dry lectures, studying for exams, and begrudgingly doing all the work in your “group” project. Every moment of every day is never going to be filled with what you actually want to be doing. Most of maturing is bucking up and performing even when you least desire to. So, proactively pursue the things you want to do. Remember your aspirations and don’t ever give up your passions. Force yourself to work on your hobbies even once a week. It’s easy to be overwhelmed with the negativity of life, but you don’t have to let it swallow up the positive.
While you may be panicking about deadlines, writing essays, passing exams, and general academic nightmares, college has always been about more than just education. College is the time to set yourself up for successful, discover who you are, and work towards who you want to be. But first, get a handle on your stress management techniques.