Campus Stress: How Students Can Overcome The Pressure Cooker Of College

5fea5ffde1f5e16b26fe23bb3c9116f7Studies show that college students learn less, and retain less, when they’re under stress. With ever-mounting pressure on today’s collegians to perform well academically, while signing on to a full slate of activities socially, stress has become a raging campus epidemic. The resulting anxiety can cause students to develop learning deficiencies, miss assignments, cut classes, underachieve, or drop out altogether.

And it hurts everyone: students, parents, faculty members, and universities. To help stressed out campus dwellers get their lives back under control, here are several student-centric stress-reducing strategies, excerpted from my new book “400 Ways to Stop Stress Now…and Forever!”

Work before play.

Leisure is better enjoyed when it follows a period of good hard work. But putting off work to have your fun first is another story. Rather than relieving stress, it can be a source of it. Because now you made a conscious decision to fall behind. And the prospect of neglected work to make up can erode your fun. Don’t let others lure you away from your appointed tasks, either. (Dereliction loves company.) Students are especially vulnerable to this. In the work/play cycle the effort should always come first, before the reward. Why make yourself crazy?

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Whether it’s schoolwork or a career

training program…overnight cramming and marathon study sessions are less productive and the material more easily forgotten. Never let it get to that point. Study as you go along—in shorter, more frequent intervals. It will keep the information fresh in your mind so you won’t waste time relearning it. Review sessions will be faster and less tedious—thus, less likely to be put off. And you


Don’t let others waste your time.

Some people have no stress empathy. They see that you’re totally crazed (or do they?), yet needlessly interrupt you, get in your way, engage you in small talk, and otherwise make a nuisance of themselves. These are often people you room with, or are close to, and don’t want to offend. Be polite, be diplomatic, but firmly convey the message you’re way too busy to schmooze. Seek commiseration: “Yo


u won’t believe how swamped I am.” Or look at your watch and exclaim: “Yikes! You’ll have to excuse me…” If these don’t work, simply ask them to help you with your work. That’s right. Ask for help. It will usually get rid of them, or even better, they just might pitch in. In any case, use your ingenuity and always have a good evasive tactic at the ready. Why make yourself crazy?

Don’t be driven to Internet distraction.

The Web can soak up precious time so insidiously you’re often not even aware of it. How easily a simple online task can end up taking an hour or more! Be smart. Devise your plan of attack before going on. And stick with it. Don’t be lured away by enticing links or allow yourself to drift about aimlessly. Log on, get what you want and get off. Make the Internet the efficient, timesaving tool it was meant to b


e, and save your surfing for your leisure hours. Why make yourself crazy?

Do what needs to be done first…first.


‘ll be assured of understanding the material long after the final exam. Which is entirely the point, isn’t it? Study as you go. You’ll study less…and retain more. Why make yourself crazy?images (4)

This should be automatic, but for many reasons, we’ll put off more important and pressing things to take care of lesser priorities first. Not only does it leave that bigger thing hanging over us, it often deprives us of the time and energy we’ll need to accomplish the important task. Every day, take a few moments to consider what project would make most sense to get out of the way first. Then meet it head on, without becoming sidetracked, without trying to squeeze something else in between. Then go on to the next most critical…and watch the stress ease away. Why make yourself crazy?



How to be busy, not stressed. 

How to be busy, not stressed. –

Busyness is ‘normal’ for a lot of people these days. We all know that due to things like technological advances and internet accessibility, people work longer hours and fit more and more into the same 24 hours a day. As a Ph.D. student I am no exception. Call me strange but I actually enjoy my diary to be full (see the pictures). However, although busy may be the new normal for many, stress shouldn’t be. So how can you be busy and not stressed when the two words may as well be poecilonyms?
This topic is particularly important to me as I know that my days are only going to get busier the further into my Ph.D. I get, and then even more so after its completion. I understand that it will be essential that I continue follow my own tips and minimise my stress throughout my career.

So, here are my tips:
My diary is my BFF- I love my diary. I used to have a diary because I thought that is what uni students had, I did not actually need it to plan out my time. However, since starting a Ph.D. my diary is a necessity. For a full overview of what is in my diary click here:
Make lists- Make to do-lists often! It is the best way to ensure you are not forgetting anything important, which if forgotten would cause you stress.
Be busy with fun things too– My diary is not only filled up with meetings, deadlines and to-do lists, but also many fun things as well. I always ensure that my busyness is at least 15% fun things.
Be selfish- It is okay to be selfish with your time. In the end we all have a limited amount of time and you should not spend it all on work related things. If you work hard and efficiently, there will always be time for you to be selfish. Have that extra hour sleep in, go out for lunch or completely shut down that email for a weekend.
You cannot just wait until the job is done- Never fall into the trap of saying “I will have a day for myself when this task is done”, even though that task will get done, there will be another 10 to do after that. You will keep having a task to complete forever. Give yourself that break when you need it.
Self care- As I have said before, you only have one you. Therefore self-care is essential. Self-care is particularly important as some stress is inevitable, so when it arises you need to look after yourself. Click here for my self-care routine
Be passionate- As I said most people are going to be busy, that is something that is out of control for a lot of people. However, if you are passionate about your study, work and/or research interests, you will be happier to be busy.

Plan Your Life: Free Printables!? 

Plan Your Life: Free Printables!? –

Are you getting ready for the next semester of school or a new segment of your life/work? I have an AWESOME, 3-part blog series coming up.

It will guide you to create the ultimate planner for prioritizing your work, school, home and even fitness life.

This is my first post, and I am going to share my top favorite printables I used for my own planner, and also some extras that might be useful to you.

I have a blog, I’m starting High-School, I clean houses, have daily chores, track my health, and spiritual growth so THOSE will be influencing the types of worksheets I used, so keep in mind that while scrolling through. I hope this helps you manage the rest of your year, and make sure that if you use any of these in your homemade planner, let me know!


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^^^^Just a tip for these though, make sure the layout is landscape and not portrait, or else the format will print out strange.^^^^

^^^^^I haven’t printed these out yet, but they look great!^^^^^



^^^^^These work  GREAT for binder covers^^^^^

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(These were the printables my mom used when she created HER planner.)



^^^^This one’s great for essential oil users!^^^^






Well, I hope you enjoyed this mash-up of Ultimate Planner Printables!!!


~By His Grace,



PS. Here’s my Pinterest for more organizational/planner/printables:


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5 Quick Ways To Ease Stress, Depression & Anxiety

No ceremony with this article, let’s go straight into five quick ways that will help you find relief from stress, depression and anxiety.

1. Take regular breaks from the firing line. Working hard without regular breaks is a great way to build up stress and tension. Make sure you have at least one 15-minute break in the morning and one in the afternoon as well as at least 20 minutes for lunch. If possible, eat lunch away from your workstation. Equally, if you have a lot to deal with in your life right now, taking a day, or a weekend elsewhere – longer if you can – to get some breathing space will really help. Even just a day away from the firing line will enable you to get some distance from the problems and help you to gather your thoughts.

2. Regular exercise can help relieve stress, depression and anxiety. Exercise releases endorphins into your system and will give you a natural boost. It will also provide you with a break from brooding and dwelling upon problems and troubles – but only if you perform the right kind of exercises.

Avoid: Exercises that allow you to brood (weight lifting, jogging, treadmills) and perform exercises that require your full concentration. Competitive sports such as squash, tennis, badminton and circuit training are all excellent examples. It is important that you do not brood when you exercise because although you will be benefiting physically, you are still stressing yourself mentally and the stress, depression and anxiety will worsen.

3. Stop beating yourself up. Self-deprecation is a huge part of stress, depression and anxiety. Each time you beat up on yourself, you will erode confidence and self-esteem. Never tell yourself you’re useless, worthless, stupid, hopeless, boring, ugly, and a loser. Never convince yourself that other people hate you, that others find you difficult to be around and that you’re better off being alone. You would never deem it acceptable to say such things to other people and you must deem it equally unacceptable to say them to yourself. These words and phrases are powerful and they will hurt you. Accept you’re not perfect and that you make mistakes – just like everybody else does – and cut yourself some slack. From this day, make a pact with me to never indulge self-deprecation ever again. IT IS UNACCEPTABLE.

4. Isolation is another problem experienced by stress, depression and anxiety sufferers. OK, there will be times when you just want your own company. During such times, you can brood over and over again on problems and events and beat yourself up for hours on end. Not good. Instead, use isolation more positively. Occupy your mind by tackling a jigsaw puzzle, a logic problem, a crossword, read a book or perform a hobby such as painting, playing a musical instrument or whatever it is you have an interest in. In this way, isolation will help you to grow instead of causing you further pain.

5. Television, radio and newspapers can all supply you with a daily hit of negativity and help lower your mood. In the main, they concentrate on the negative side of life: crime, corruption, war, scandal and natural disasters and can give you a distorted view of reality. Not to mention the amount of image manipulation they subject you to. Give yourself a break from this negative drip feed and avoid them completely for one week. You may find, like I have, that they have no place in your life after that. Trust me, you won’t miss them.

That’s five, quick tips for you to help fight stress, depression and anxiety.

3 Easy Steps Towards Nursing Stress


Are you pressed for time in your nursing profession? Are you always on the go? Do you ever feel stressed out? Are you stressed out during the day in your nursing career? You know what I mean. You get up in the morning and have to rush out of the door to get to your nursing job. At your job, you have 100 things coming at you and a list of tasks to get done for the day. You rush home, you take care of the “stuff” at home, and do it again the next day. So how do you deal with the stress in your nursing profession? More and more nurses and nursing students are dealing with stress at some point of the day. More and more health issues are arising because of stress. How can you kill the root of stress to live a better and healthier career and life?

Here are 3 easy steps to manage stress through your nursing day right now:

1. Plan your day. Write down the tasks that you need to do for the day. Use a day planner or a palm pilot. There are many types of day planners. Choose the one that works for you and
your needs. This will help you see what really is important to get done. And what is not important in your day. This can help reduce the stress in your day by half.

2. Schedule time for yourself. Every week take time for you. Whether it is a whole day or a few hours take the time for you. Watch a movie, take a walk, get your nails done or go get a massage. Do whatever you like to do to relax.Therefore it will help you focus and get more done. You will also gain more energy.

3.If you have too much to get done. Delegate tasks out to someone else. It is okay to get help. Ask for help from friends,family, or co-workers. Or hire someone to take some of the workload off of you. When you do everything, stress takes over. Your life will start to collapse.

These actions are a start to take a handle on stress. Pick two easy steps and start utilizing it. It is time to get back a better career and life. It will tremendously help your physical body.

5 Simple Ways to Be Kind To Yourself in 2017

By Christine McLean

Life can be a b*tch. One minute you’re up, the next you’re down. It’s a rollercoaster ride that you never really signed up for. You have two choices: enjoy the ride, or grip on for dear life hoping that the ride will end safely. Let 2017 be the year when you choose to enjoy the ride. You only live once, and life will pass you by if you don’t loosen the grip a bit. Here are five ways to be kinder to yourself in the coming year.


It’s easy to become overwhelmed by life. The bills, family obligations, and demanding career can sap our energy and increase your stress levels.  Statistic Brain reports that 76% of Americans cite money and work as the leading cause of their stress. The American Psychological Association also reports that women report the highest levels of stress

Life will always be filled with challenges. How you choose to deal with them will determine your stress levels and potential for growth. Taking life one day at a time is a challenge, but I’ve learned to get there, even when my bank account is approaching $0 and there are still bills left to be paid. Learn to choose your battles wisely.

Things have a way of working out when you stop stressing about them. Take a deep breath knowing that you’ve done all you can. Let the puzzle pieces fit together.

Focus on YOU

Much of our anxiety results from comparing ourselves to others.  We scroll through our social media feeds and see the pictures of our friends and associates accomplishing their goals and living seemingly happy lives. These images lead to us questioning our own lives. Why can’t I own a car? Why can’t I own a home? Why can’t I build a career doing what I love? Why can’t I find love? 

Why, why, why do we allow these thoughts to consume us?

The only life you have some amount of control over is yours. Focus on your journey. One day you will be able to reap the rewards you so earnestly seek. However, you have to be patient.  Things will happen for you at the right time. 

Focusing on you also means carving out some much needed “me” time. It’s so easy to try to be everything for everyone else. However, you can’t pour from an empty cup. You’re able to give more to others when you feel refreshed and your cup is full.  Don’t feel guilty. Take some time for yourself and watch how your attitude and perspective on life changes.

Choose a Focus Word

I attend many training sessions for my job. About a year ago, a particular presenter said something that has stuck with me.  She said that each year she chooses one word to focus on for her personal development. In 2015 her word was patience.  Throughout the year she focused on making a conscious decision to be more patient. By the end of the year you’ll realize that focusing on that word helps you develop skills you never even knew you had.

Stop Striving for Perfection

Perfection is impossible. We are flawed beings. Love who you are and embrace what you have to offer to the world. There will always be someone who is better than you. Instead of focusing on that fact, focus on being the best you can be. Accept that you won’t get it right all the time, but your effort is worth something.

Pay Attention to What You’re Doing to Your Body

You only have one body. Take care of it. Investing in developing a healthy lifestyle will save you a lot of long-term health expenses.  The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get 7 to 9 hours of sleep. Stop using the excuse that you function better at nights to work until the wee hours of the morning. You need your rest! Your brain functions at its best when it has gotten enough sleep.

Ingest the right food. You don’t have to become a vegetarian or vegan to eat healthy. Making a decision to only drink water, for instance, is a step in the right direction. Your body will thank you for making these healthy choices. 

The power to create the best version of yourself rests in your hands. You can only accomplish this feat if you learn how to be kind to yourself. Make a conscious decision to incorporate each of the strategies listed above into your own life.  Watch how much of a change it makes.

Christine is part of the Contributing Writer Network at Thirty on Tap. To apply to become a Contributing Writer, please click here.

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3 Powerful Tips To Help Manage Everyday Stress

Often times stress will manifest when we carry over yesterday’s concerns into our present day concerns. An accumulation will almost always end up in a high stress level. Therefore, we must be able to “dump” all of our concerns from the previous day or days and concentrate wholly on our today.

So here are 3 stress busting tips

– Stress Busting Tip #1

Resolve right now to release every thought from yesterday and be only mindful of the now…. this thought only…this breath…this moment. Take in three very deep breaths and slowly release each one.

At the same time feel each and every concern, each and every problem, and each and every unresolved moment, begin to dissolve. You can deal with them at a later time. For now, you are only to be in this very moment.

Now go to your inner quiet place. Go deep inside to a place where you feel that you are at peace and then just relax and breathe in deeply and enjoy the feeling of being at one and at peace within yourself.

Use this special time and place to be calm. Free your mind and body of all worry, all regret, all disappointment, all anger and grief.

– Stress Busting Tip #2

Next, think of one particular act, such as rocking your baby, taking a quick stroll, raking the leaves, and do that one simple thing. All the while, your mind is quiet and calm and you are in your own special place within.

Practice this act of quiet and calm each day and you will see that you will accomplish so much more. At the first sign of being stressed, go back to this mindful, quiet place and start all over again until you have reached your inner place of calm.

– Stress Busting Tip #3

The very best thing that you can do for yourself is to eat, drink and rest – to your health!

Stress is easily brought on by not eating and drinking properly. When you don’t get the number of hours of sleep that you need each night, you are only setting yourself up for additional stress.

Limit the amount of salt, sugar, caffeine and alcohol in your diet. Drink plenty of clean, pure water each day and do at least moderate exercise each day. This will breathe new life into your skin, hair and will nourish all of your vital organs.

Take time to breathe properly! Take deep belly breathes to send pure oxygen to all of your body. Laugh and then laugh some more. It is food for the soul! Spend time doing the things that please you most. Engage in healthy and fulfilling relationships and work on problems that would erode the closeness that you have with someone special.

When we are content and living a balanced life everyday stresses seem to pale in comparison. We are better equipped to deal with the unexpected.

You can take control today! Isolate only one particular stressor in your life and then work on it until you regain control. At the very least, have some new hope!