At 39 percent, the CDC data from January 2021 shows that American adults are experiencing symptoms of anxiety or despair. Top 4 Stress Management Strategies for Online Students are listed below.
It has become increasingly difficult for students to maintain a healthy work-life balance. We all need to know how to deal with stress and keep our mental health in check during these trying times.
As a result, we contacted Coursera instructor Dr. Laurie Santos, a cognitive scientist and psychologist at Yale University.
This week, we had a chance to get some advice from Dr. Santos on how to be healthy and productive as an online student.
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Best 4 Stress Management Strategies for Online Students
Strategy 1: Self-Compassion
Strategy 2: Breathing Exercises
Q. Do you have any ways to help students who are stressed?
A. If you’re worried, think about what you need to do to keep your own mental health in check. It’s a big part of this to pay attention to your anxiety levels and figure out how to deal with them.
When I’m stressed, one of my favorite things to do is to take three conscious breaths. Breathe into your belly button and stay in the moment for three slow breaths.
This helps to calm your sympathetic nervous system and make your parasympathetic nervous system work, which makes it easier for you to calm down. The more short breaks you can take to stay focused, the better it will work for you.
Strategy 3: Meditation
Strategy 4: Sticking to a Routine
Q. In our lives, the pandemic has caused us a lot of stress because of how bad it is. There are some things that students can do to help lessen the damage?
A. “We are creatures of habit,”. As a result, when we know what to do and how to do it, we work better and don’t get stressed out.
As many of us had to work and learn from home because of the epidemic, it had a big effect on our daily lives.
Some of the traditional signs of the end of the day, like commuting and leaving school, have been abolished. This has made the lines between work and our private lives more blurred.
To avoid this, I think it’s important to set and stick to a plan, like having breakfast and starting schoolwork at the same time every day.
I also suggest that you make up your own way of ending your work or school day. As simple as taking a short walk or moving your laptop when you’re done for the day could help.
If you set and follow a timetable and habit for yourself, it doesn’t matter what this action or task is. In these hard times, Dr. Santos’ advice can help you deal with stress in a healthy way, so listen to it.
She has a free online course on Coursera called The Science of Well-Being. You can read about science-based ways to be happier and be more productive there, as well.