The results of your final year have a direct impact on your academic achievements and future employment perspectives. This pressure is frequently difficult to withstand, which could result in poor life decisions and health problems. Here are 6 tips on how to keep your stress levels under control during your final year.
1. Get enough rest
Yes, this is probably the most mundane and non-original answer to any problem in life. Still, having enough time to recuperate your physical and mental powers may be the most critical factor in reducing your stress levels. Take time to yourself and invest in social life. Also, plan regular interruptions between stressful study sessions.
2. Have an effective plan
In the words of Mike Tyson, “Everyone has a plan ‘till they get punched in the mouth’”. Putting a bunch of things on your ‘to do’ list in the morning is one thing. Checking them all off at the end of the day is another. You might want to consider downloading several calendars and planner apps to choose the most convenient one that works for you. You may find you will be using it a lot to help plan your deadlines and other commitments.
Hard choices are a part of high productivity. In the words of the master entrepreneur Tim Ferris, “if you have important business to complete and a DVD to return, focus on the task at hand and pay the $3 fine”.
Tight deadlines may be a source of stress, but these are manageable in advance, especially if you have good communication with your supervisor. All rules are flexible to a certain degree, especially when you have a good track record and a good reason for your request. Combine this tip with tip №3 to plan your meetings with supervisors, library visits, and intermediary submissions in advance and minimise wasted time for both parties.
5. Be reasonable
Working full-time to pay off your student loan while getting the highest marks in exams, and maintaining a social life may seem like a reasonable task… for Superman. Otherwise, you may want to consider the wisdom of Murphy’s law, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”. Have at least a 30% leeway for sudden illnesses, family problems, or other force majeure circumstances.
Constant stress can really mess up your personal life and academic results. Finding a healthy balance between maintaining your well-being and achieving your goals should be your priority. However, keep in mind that mistakes and temporary failures are inevitable. You cannot and should not try to control all factors in life. You should stick to the main stress reduction strategy and be flexible when you need to take a step back.