Academic stress is the normal reaction we have to the various demands and demands that we face at the University, such as tests, exams, papers, presentations, etc. This reaction activates and mobilizes us to respond effectively and achieve our goals and objectives. However, sometimes, we can have too many demands at the same time, which can sharpen the response and decrease our performance.
The demands that can give rise to stress are of two types:
- Internal Requirements: that is, those that we do to ourselves when we are very self-demanding, we have high expectations of achievement, we need to maintain control and strive in them, among others.
- External Requirements: that is, those that are presenting our environment, among which include having to deliver work and take tests and exams in a limited time; perform group work; expose in front of the course (dissertations); not understand contents addressed in the class; limited time for academic obligations, among others.
How does stress manifest itself?
- Once you have identified the situations that generate stress, it is important to recognize how you react to them; what effects they generate in your body and in your emotions.
- Although initially the stress is normal and profitable, since it helps us to activate ourselves to be able to respond to the demands and demands of the environment, over time our body and mind become exhausted and begin to diminish in their performance.
- To prevent this drop in performance we must regulate the amount of time we keep running under high levels of demand, a phase that is called resistance, which is followed by the phase of exhaustion.
- If, despite the exhaustion, we do not stop to rest and pause to recover energy, our organism could enter a phase of chronification of the manifestations of the stress exhaustion phase.
- These manifestations can occur in different areas – physical, psychological and behavioral – and it is important to recognize them in order to identify them as they appear and to take preventative measures.
Prevention and management with academic stress
Once we identify the situations that generate stress and that we know how we react to it, we need to distinguish what we are doing to prevent this from happening or mitigate the effects. Some of the strategies that help both prevent the chronification of stress and cope with the manifestations in the exhaustion phase are:
- Plan activities prioritizing among them
- Decide between various study techniques
- Eat healthy in stable hours
- Practice sports or recreational activities
- Dedicate time to hobbies and hobbies
- Use of the Sleeping Forest application
The Sleeping Forest app is an application designed for smartphones that you can download from the play store. This application contains sounds of nature so you can relax, that is, it is a white noise application
Do you love the sounds of the forest with crackling fire or the sounds of the calm beach with gentle wind? No problem! With Sleeping Forest, you can enjoy a variety of sounds. Save your favorite mixes so that they are always at hand and ready to play when it comes to managing academic stress