Coping Strategies to Avoid End of Year Stress

With the end of the year quickly approaching, it has become quite obvious to me that students’ stress levels have increased quite dramatically. In many of my classes, professors have asked us what we are doing for self-care, and it seems to have become a competition to see who has it the worst. Throughout my discussions with students, professors, friends and family, I have slowly begun to compile a series of coping strategies that can be used in times like these. Hopefully, if you are one of those students feeling a little stressed, you will find some of these tips and strategies helpful.

Write Things Down

Writing things down is a great way to address the various feelings that you are experiencing. Often times, if we bottle up our stress and emotions, they can snowball until it becomes too much for us to handle. Try writing down what you are feeling or thinking to form some concrete thoughts. You can address any issues, and vent in a positive, productive way.

Take “Me” Time

Everyone has different things that can help to make them relax. It is important that you find out what works best for you, and take time for yourself to do that. Whether it is reading a book, watching a movie, working out, or any other activity, make sure that you give yourself the time to do things that truly make you happy and can relieve your stress levels.

Take a Walk

With the weather slowly beginning to warm up, now is a great time to get outside and take a walk. Explore some more of North Bay, get some fresh air, and clear your head. Going for a walk is a great way to take your mind off of the stress of assignments and tests, but can also be a great chance to reflect, plan or think. Some of my best ideas for papers came when I was able to go outside, clear my head, and think about what I have learned and what I want to say.

Spend Time With Friends

Spending time with friends is a great way to relieve stress for multiple people at once. It is also a great chance to spend some time with friends who may live farther away from you in the summer and that you may not get the chance to see until returning in September. Enjoy each other’s presence, make some new memories, and spend some time making yourself feel better.

Make a Schedule/To Do List

Making a schedule or a to do list can be a very productive way at making sure everything gets done. However, for some people it can be overwhelming to look at what needs to get done in short periods of time. For me, I find that making a schedule forces me to stop procrastinating, and ensures that I get everything done on time. Give it a go and see if it helps you out!

I hope that you all enjoy the last couple weeks of the 2017-2018 school year, and that maybe some of these coping strategies will work for you!

– Hannah