Maintaining a sense of emotional balance is essential for achieving college success. Advisors often encounter students who worry too much, criticize too much, get angry often, hold frustration inward, place blame and experience painful events. Such blend of negative emotions can lead to inefficiency. Inefficiency can trigger a cycle of negative emotions: you begin to worry about your probation and the need to earn a "B" or better in each course. You worry about the amount of assignments and tests that must be completed for your courses. You worry about whether you can fit in enough time to study. You worry about what will happen if you don't get the work done which triggers even more worrying. The "worry circle" below demonstrates how this emotion can enter into your psyche.
After spending hours attending classes, studying, working, cooking, cleaning, caring for family or self, is there any energy left? Many people find energy through artificial means, cigarettes, supplements, caffeine, alcohol or even drugs. However, such habits can reduce energy levels and lead to more serious problems. There are many approaches to help build energy and alleviate stress. And, it is extremely important to eliminate as much stress out of our lives as possible. How can stress be eliminated when our multi-faceted lifestyles keep us constantly on the go? How can we prevent our energies from being stripped by stress-producing factors?
When asked to list as many spontaneous stress busters as possible, a sample of academic advisors indicated the following:
Of course, an effective way to increase energy is to eat a well-balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, proteins and breads. We have all heard the saying that "health is wealth." It's true. Eating healthy foods not only can increase our energy levels but add years to our lives. So, bon appetit!
In the book titled How to Study in College: 2nd Edition 2, the author lists some tension releasers.
ACTIVITY: What strategies do you use to reduce stress? Be realistic about approaches that work for you.
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