While completing your WIL experience, you may be juggling multiple priorities in other areas of your life, such as part-time paid work, coursework, family obligations and financial commitments.
As our bodies are engineered to manage stress for short amounts of time, we may thrive in such conditions, and even feel energised and motivated. However, other times we may carry cumulative stress across different environments. This can be overwhelming, and in some instances detrimental to our mental and physical health, potentially manifesting in one or more of the following ways:
- Sleep problems
- Poor judgement and memory problems
- Muscle tension
- Loss of self-confidence or self-esteem
While it may be tempting to keep going at the same pace, if you start to notice any of these symptoms, it’s important to take action. Here are some strategies for dealing with the effects of stress. Select each strategy for an explanation.
Keep a journal to record your feelings, stressors & triggers. People respond to stress in different ways and on different occasions. This reflection activity will help you develop self-awareness about how stress impacts you, and will allow you to effectively communicate your needs to the people around you.
Remember it’s OK to ask for help when you have an issue, so you can always visit your student admin centre on campus to find out about available services.
Establishing a self-care routine, can be extremely empowering! Not only will it assist in managing current stress levels, but will allow you to develop long-term resilience to tackle future challenge’s life may throw your way.
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