How to Manage Stress | Study Tips | #MentalHealthAwareness

How to Manage Stress | Study Tips | #MentalHealthAwareness


Hello my Socratica Friends! We’re here to
help you be a GREAT student. Hey…are you doing okay? You look a little…stressed. Not all stress is bad. When it’s something
really important, a little stress can help us rise to the challenge. It can actually
make us better students, more focused on our tasks. You SHOULD take it seriously when you
have a big test, or an important presentation. But you can’t be stressed every single day.
It can get to be overwhelming, and instead of stimulating our minds, we shut down, get
sick, and perform poorly in our studies. Our work suffers, and we suffer. Today, let’s talk about how to manage your
stress so it can play a small, beneficial role in your life. The solution is not to have ZERO stress in
your life. If you didn’t care about anything, you wouldn’t accomplish anything. But a
lot of the time, all those worries are a needless complication in your life, and CAN be avoided.
Here are some of the most common sources of stress for students – some of which can be
eliminated, or at least minimized. For example, if you have a bad habit of procrastinating,
that can lead to unnecessary, stressful situations. Some people procrastinate because of an unspoken
fear of failure. They avoid studying for that test or writing that paper. After all, if
they put it off, they can blame their poor performance on factors out of their control
by saying they just ran out of time. But the truth is, they never really gave themselves
the chance to do well. In fact, they set themselves up for failure. Sound familiar? Sometimes it looks like you’re procrastinating
because you just lack awareness of time constraints – you’ve never really tried to budget your
time. For example, we know that cramming doesn’t work. You really can’t study effectively
when you try to cram in all your studying in the last four hours before the test. But
it might surprise you that around four hours is all you really need, as long as you break
it into 30 minute chunks. Now, that means you have to start studying about a week before
your test. Work backwards from your due date, and be honest with yourself about how much
time you can devote to this task. Time management is SUCH a big topic, we’ll
tackle it in its own video. But this tip should be enough to get you started. By the way,
if you are looking forward to more videos from Socratica, consider supporting us on
Patreon. We love making these videos for you, and if you find value in them, help us make
more with a small monthly donation. Now what was I talking about? Are you always forgetting things, like deadlines
and due dates? That’s the worst feeling, when something sneaks up on you. Attack it
at the source. Make a to-do list – a rough outline for the month, a little more detailed
for the week, and very detailed for today. This will help you get rid of that cloud of
anxiety hovering over your head – that giant mental list of things to do looks far more
feasible when it’s down on paper. Mindfulness is the latest buzzword for reducing
stress. This isn’t a new concept – having control of your thoughts is a powerful way
to get a handle on your stress. Think of it as developing your mental discipline. Most
people recommend breathing exercises, focusing on your breath, and when you get distracted,
drawing your focus back to your breath. But ironically, some people get MORE anxious when
focusing on their breath, so it backfires. If that’s true for you, pick something else
to focus on. A flower arrangement, a beautiful picture, a candle flame. Don’t beat yourself
up for being distracted! The very act of catching your mind wandering and bringing it back to
focus – that’s the whole point of meditation. Try it for 10 minutes a day for a week, and
see if you don’t notice an impact. I think you will. Are you always late for class? Late for appointments?
Late for life? Don’t you hate that panicky feeling, and the shame of letting people down?
Don’t be that person. Show respect for other people’s time and get yourself there on
time. This is another AVOIDABLE source of stress. You’re going to tackle this just like your
problem with procrastination – start with the time you have to be someplace, and
work backwards. Your study session is at 2 PM. It takes you
15 minutes to get there, so you think you can leave at 1:45? No. Nope. You’re fooling
yourself! It’s going to take you at least 5 minutes to park and walk in. And another
5 minutes at your house to find your keys and pet your dog on your way out. So you’d
better leave at 1:30. Trust me. Round up all your time estimates. Traffic/ red lights/accidents-
they’re always going to be there. Keep working backwards. You know you have to eat before
you go. You think it takes you 10 minutes to eat, 15 minutes to cook, so start lunch
at 1, right? Wrong. It takes you 20 minutes to eat, 20 minutes to cook, 10 minutes to
clean up. Start lunch at ..hmm..12:30. Again, I’m rounding up. You don’t want to be
wolfing down your food – that’s not healthy. Give yourself this time. Let’s try another one. You know you need
to go to class at 10AM in the morning? When should you wake up, and when should you leave
so you’re not late? Using our counting backwards and rounding up technique, I’m going to
say wake up at 8 AM. Let’s check. 9:30 – leave for class
9 – 9:30 – do 30 minutes of homework or something to prepare for class
8:30-9 – shower and get changed. 8-8:30 eat breakfast
So, yeah, give yourself TWO WHOLE HOURS. If you’re chronically late, that may seem a
crazy long time. But it’s not. See? We wrote it out in black and white. So let’s say you leave your house at 9:30
and you arrive with plenty of time for your 10AM class. You take your seat, relaxed, and
maybe even a little bored. DON’T take this as a sign that you should leave later next
time, you adrenaline junky! This just means you need something to occupy your time. Carry
flashcards with you, or review your class notes from last time. These 5-10 minute stretches
of free time are perfect places to sneak in a little studying, which will further reduce
your stress. Are you stressed IN class? Got the fidgets?
Many people find themselves distracted and jumpy in class – they feel trapped, and they
tap their feet and spin their pens. You might be helped by one of these little beauties
– the fidget spinner. The idea is – when your hand is occupied with a soothing, repetitive
task like spinning a fidget spinner, you are free to concentrate on the task at hand. You
could also try one of these squeezy toys. If you’d like to try this for yourself,
we’ll include links to the fidgety toys we’ve tried ourselves. Worth a shot. Better
than kicking the chair in front of you. Don’t discount the importance of friends.
Make time to check in with your buddies. Walk to class together. Try to eat together with
friends or family. Did you know that one of the best predictors of a long, healthy life
is a strong social network? We are social animals, even those of us who are introverts.
We need real human connection to be well. Now we’ve been talking about what you can
do for YOURSELF in your daily life, but this is no substitute for professional care. Honestly,
everyone could benefit from talking through their life challenges with a counselor. Your
school has mental health professionals available. Please take advantage of this incredible resource.
You may feel more comfortable talking with a spiritual guide. That can be a wonderful
option as well. Most importantly, know that reaching out for help sends your brain a powerful
message that your well-being matters. Now that’s the mental side. How about the
physical? Are you eating right, exercising,and getting enough sleep? All of these things
can contribute to your stress level, if you neglect them. You heard it from your parents, but that doesn’t
mean it isn’t true – you are what you eat. Are you eating your vegetables? I’m not
going to preach some special diet at you other than this – vegetables are your friend. If
you’re eating fast food all the time, you might be going a whole day sometimes without
eating a single vegetable. You could even be malnourished. Learn how to make simple,
healthy meals. It’s not hard. Have at least one vegetable with every meal (even breakfast).
This will reduce your body stress, your mental stress, all kinds of stress. Get outside for some fresh air. Being out
in nature reduces our stress in mysterious but measurable ways. Try reading outside.
Go for a walk. Take your coffee break outside. Speaking of coffee – watch your caffeine intake.
Many people find it helpful to jump start their day, and it may even be beneficial for
your health – but it’s easy to overdo it. If you’ve got the jitters, try cutting back.
Everything in moderation! Your bed is for sleep. Don’t study in bed.
Don’t read your phone in bed. Don’t watch TV in bed! All of these interfere with your
getting to sleep. Most people need about 7 to 9 hours of sleep. Are YOU getting enough?
If you know you’re a morning person, don’t force yourself to stay up late with caffeine.
Start your day early instead. Similarly, if you’re a night owl, use those night hours
to your benefit. Get your reading done in the peace and quiet at nighttime – then – let
yourself sleep in. Arrange your schedule as much as possible to match the hours when you
are at your best. Even if you suffer from insomnia, staying on a steady schedule will
help. Don’t let anything interfere with your getting enough sleep.Exercise
also seems to help people sleep better. Yep, here’s another big source of stress
that you CAN do something about. Your body NEEDS exercise, and if you don’t do any,
you’ll feel tired, sore, and unhappy. This doesn’t mean you have to be a super athlete.
Just get your body moving. Make sure to find something that you enjoy, so you don’t have
to force yourself. If you like to be with people when you exercise, you could find a
team sport to play. Or join that spontaneous kickball game. Do you like taking walks? Take
a friend with you! Or if you prefer to use this time for quiet reflection, consider the
peace and solitude of swimming laps. Your body will thank you, and your stress will
evaporate… along with a little sweat. We hope you find some of these suggestions
helpful. Let us know what YOU do to reduce stress in your life. Taking care of yourself,
minimizing stress – it’s all part of being a great student. Subscribe to Socratica for more smart videos! Follow the hashtag #MentalHealthAwareness
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79 comments on “How to Manage Stress | Study Tips | #MentalHealthAwareness

  1. Gabe Mafuyu Post author

    ow gosh, this channel is so good and great, how he not a much subscribes? Tf, a think this is because a phc… I guess

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  2. Clevy Umoh Post author

    This video is coming at the right time cos I'm a medical student and I also have a channel. Stress is inevitable at this point but with your tips and guidance I'll definitely be able to manage it! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. koolaidjerk Post author

    "cramming doesn't work"

    BS I skipped every lecture and just crammed 1 day before the exams for all my university classes in my last year for my computer science degree and was in top 2 of my graduating class.

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  4. Michael Gainey Post author

    I was a Patreon supporter for this channel for a few months because I liked the Python videos. They are very good. But I find this video and the ones like it condescending. I'm sure there's a lot of good advice here, but I can't make myself watch it because of the annoying, snooty attitude. By the way, I did not give this video a thumbs down.

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  5. eteppo Post author

    If you feel like these just increase your stress, consider visiting your health professional. It could be a sign of an anxiety disorder or something else that benefits from additional medical treatments. Take care friends 🙂

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  6. Spread Love! Post author

    This video is so helpful! I'm in my last year of high school and oh boy, it's really stressful. Thanks Socratica

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  7. PythonHD Post author

    I am way beyond university, but let me tell you this, dear students:

    I wish I had someone tell me these topics much earlier. By now I have figured out all of them by myself. But it took me many years…..

    So: Be friendly to yourself and follow these steps!

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  8. D7oo Post author

    well my stress is with overwhelming tasks where every instructor thinks he is the only one I have a class with and try to occupy and utilize my time just for his course, also I can't say no if I see someone really in need for help and my phone never shut up with almost constant message form the students ask about things they missed or did not understand and there are funny moments in that like last night someone asked me if he can call me during his exam, so he can ask me the questions and I give him the answers by using Bluetooth earphones and he thought that I'm okay with that!!, the thing that I see difficult is having a time for me, I just feel fatigued and burned out but this is my last semester and I keep telling myself to just keep pushing and never think about it, and it will end in no time without you realize it, but the truth is I'm about to be the guy who doesn't care for anything and ask for the minimum.

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  9. kevin tillery Post author

    This is great! I'm stressing over my statistical theory course right now. These are just the tips I needed to get my procrastinating butt into gear.

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  10. tinkmarshino Post author

    I have been a self confident loner all of my 67 years.. and even I have done the things this gal is suggesting.. I developed an ability and confidence in myself at a very early age.. and several of the step I went through are exactly as this young lady has said.. So those of you that pft this and shine it on are fools who in the end will wish they had learned a little of this earlier.. Because we all learn these techniques' or end up those poor unfortunate souls that never learned to grow up.. Information is out there all you have to do is let it in! wait did she say cut down on my coffee!! egads… I will die! I go out in the woods, work in my shop, or try and build some little electronic thing.. But since I just started teaching myself electronic last year that can be a source of stress.. But a lot of fun too.. especially since I don't know what the heck I am doing.. Great learning video.. I hope some of the folks out there hear your words and set up there life's schedule around the thing you have suggested carry on!

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  11. Vero Ev0 Post author

    This is hitting so close to home today. I'm only 10% through the video and already I feel SEEN. I'm super stressed, I think this will help.

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  12. Socratica Post author

    Hello Socratica Friends! We're no strangers to chronic stress – we've done ALL of these things that make stress worse, for far too long. Let us know if you have other ideas for how to manage stress. Take care. 💜🦉

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  13. Jess Stuart Post author

    I had to cut back the number of class hours I was taking as a Junior and Senior in college to about 12 credit hours a semester (Electrical Engineering). It took me an extra year and a half to graduate, and it was still super stressful. I never felt like I had enough time to really learn and absorb the course material before I would have to apply it to some project I was working on. It got so bad, I resorted to purchasing course textbooks a semester ahead of time, just so I could have more time to focus on projects. I think many instructors forget how much effort goes into learning a subject when you are seeing it for the first time. If you are a "slow learner" like I am, my advice is to stay the hell away from engineering.

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  14. programming geek Post author

    But why do you want to manage stress? is it very precious to us so that we manage it? we manage things that we need, we manage time, we manage money, we manage all those things we need. but why stress?

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  15. Jose Angel Peredo Post author

    Just in time Socratica team, I personally like to write with a lead pencil on soft paper, the sensation of both textures really helps me to focus #PencilsRock xd

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  16. Bjarne Stronstrup Post author

    Now imagine you have ADHD, you wake up at 6am, you class starts at 9pm and you still somehow manage to get there late no matter what.

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  17. Dark CodeLab Post author

    After uploading series of mathematics videos, Socratica has uploaded a video on managing stress. Is that coincidence??

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  18. albaraa hallaj Post author

    You just hit my mind with all those facts about how I got stressed most of the time, specially tests times.
    You scared me.
    Now I'm having a confused emotions, I'm thrilled to know my problem Root-cause, but I'm too sad and disappointed.
    How could you know all those things?! if you really experienced them then why you seem so strong and powerful.
    Are you pretending something which is missing?
    Why I'm so sad after watching this video?

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  19. Prodigy Enigma Post author

    The video started off slowly, but I'm glad I finished it. The tone of your voice is very pleasant to the ears and not boring or dull. I've done a couple of these tips, but I don't commit to them. Wish me luck for my exam in a couple of days.

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  20. Noor Chaudhary Post author

    A girlish teaching Maths😍urh mah crush..are uh a proffesor of Maths tell meh em very curious about uh..???and also make a video on how to be good in Maths when you have weak basics😕😇

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  21. Socratica Post author

    Welcome to Socratica! We make SMART videos focusing on STEM – science, math, programming. Subscribe here: http://bit.ly/SocraticaSubscribe

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  22. Karl Dunne Post author

    Nailed that today!!!!!!……. Had a appointment,….(budgeted half an hour for Unintended delays!!) .. Walked in.. EXACTLY 2 mins early!!!!…said to myself :Mission accomplished!!….👍.

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  23. Karl Dunne Post author

    Sleep music : is quite good.. Many varieties on YouTube… (natural sounds, and crackling fire are awesome!!)……… ☺.

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  24. Kingshuk Kumar Das Post author

    Coping with the Solid State, Nuclear Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Classical Mechanics, Statistical Mechanics, Electro Magnetic theory and Special Theory of Relativity is not that easy. Also by reading this comment one can get stressed on his own. Thanks for the video. It will really help.

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  25. Rabia özdoğan Post author

    I listen to classical music which rhythms appropriates for me or try to study at the balcony (I tried just a few weeks but it works:)

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