Stress Management 101

Raise your hand if you could use a refresher with stress management right now. both hands raised

2020 had us feeling like a marathon of keeping calm and carrying on. In order to do so, we’ve all probably had to deploy some mental health tricks, knowingly or unknowingly, to get us to the finish line. It’s now 2021 and we don’t exactly know when the madness will end.

We outlined some ways to stay focused a few months ago in the Community, which you can revisit here. One of those tips was to “stay sane,” so we want to dig into that a little further.

Michael Gervais, PhD, is a high-performance psychologist and has published tactics to manage your stress in the Harvard Business Review.
Here’s what he had to say:

  1. Breathe - Start your day with a deep inhale - longer than 10 seconds.
  2. Eat and Sleep Well - Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day, and reach for those leafy greens (sorry pint of ice cream, not today satan).
  3. Create Connection - Practice compassion and tell your circle how much they mean to you.
  4. Find Purpose - Find something that is bigger than yourself, whether it’s volunteering, donating or educating.
  5. Repeat - We added this one; consistency is key.

How are you all “staying sane” and focusing on studying? If you’re not, that’s ok too - where are you hitting roadblocks? Share below and maybe someone can help or will be helped (look at us good pupils, already putting number 3 into action).

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