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As a university student, as soon as the term starts, the pile of school work keeps accumulating and the to-do list just never stops growing throughout the term. Stress builds up and occupies your mind. This can cause you to be unable to relax and to give certain negative feelings and emotions the chance to get the best of you. This blog post will give you some tips on managing stress and keeping a postive attitude so that you can try to stay off the emotional roller coaster during your school term.

Perform Random Act of Kindness

Being kind to others helps you build positivity in yourself and others. As trivial as some things seem, such as holding the door for someone behind you or simply smiling at a person walking toward you on the street, they have much more benefit to you and the other person’s mood than one can imagine. These random acts of kindness also do not require commitment of any sort. They are one of the rare things that return huge benefits with minimum effort.

Socialize

Making social connections is essential for a good mental health and feeling happy in general. When you are alone, it is easy to lose yourself in stress and negative emotions. If you find your emotions are getting in your way of just doing anything, try doing that task with your friends. If you want to study for a test, you can join or organize a group study session. Not only is it better for your emotional health, it is also an efficient way to study. Or, say you are alone and notice yourself starting to think negatively, you can talk to your friends about it and seek support.

Just Do It!

The best way to avoid accumulating stress is to JUST DO IT.  The longer you push something back, the more you think about it and the more stressed you become as the deadlines approach. It does not feel good to be thinking and worrying about something when you could have done it much earlier and gotten it out of your mind. Overcoming procrastination includes three steps:     

  1. Make a list of the things you have on your plate
  2. Prioritize the tasks
  3. Start following the plan 
Rewards

A reward system is meant to help you stay on track of your goals and stay motivated. Try rewarding yourself when you achieve your goal. For example, you can watch a movie on Friday night if you have followed your study plan for the week. This way, you will not only have a mental break and do something you enjoy without feeling guilty, you will also feel good for your accomplishment.

Try some of these tips when you feel stressed or your negative emotions building up. One secret to being happy is just to be happy – Smile and carry on! 

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