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Graduate School Stress Management


Graduate School Stress Management

Coping with stress is quite tricky when you’re not used to having it around. Especially in graduate school, having too much to juggle can beat the life out of you unless you’re able to make things work. Although you were able to go through college despite the undergrad pressure, being in graduate school offers a lot more problems.

Manage your time wisely

If you do not know how to manage your time, the demands of both your schoolwork and personal life will definitely give you stress. To avoid stress altogether, know some points on time management. Here are some of them:

* If you find yourself with free time on your hands, then do something productive with it. Start outlining for that paper due next week. Or, do your groceries. This way, you have more time for tasks that are more demanding.

* Weigh which things need attending to immediately and avoid wasting time by committing more to hanging out than accommodating schoolwork. Set a timetable so that you will not neglect anything. Know your priorities.

* If you put in too many things to do in your calendar, you may end up not finishing anything at all. Learn how to politely decline to events that have no bearing on your success as a graduate student.

Keep yourself physically fit

One way to keep fit is by exercising for a few minutes each day. Even though you spend a small part of your day exercising and you feel that you could’ve used that time studying, don’t worry about it. Exercise actually allows your body to be better prepared for the demands of school. When you are fit, you are more productive in anything that you do. Another way to stay healthy is to not skip meals.

Many graduate students think that they have pull all-nighters just to be able to prepare themselves for an exam or to finish that paper. If you’ve managed your time wisely, you don’t need to pull all-nighters. If you do decide to pull an all-nighter, stay away from too much caffeine and sugar. Eat foods rich in proteins and complex carbohydrates; these foods will keep your body alert all night.