COPING WITH ACADEMIC STRESS

ACADEMICS
Academics, also academia is the community of students and scholars engaged in higher education and research

WHAT IS STRESS
We generally use the word "stress“ or burn out when we feel that everything seems to have become too much.

Some stresses get you going and they are good for you - without any stress at all many say our lives would be boring and would probably feel pointless. However, when the stresses undermine both our mental and physical health they are bad.

Stress is a feeling that is created when we react to particular events. It is the body’s way of rising to a challenge caused by both good and bad experiences

What really matters are our thoughts about the situations in which we find ourselves.

Fight or flight response
The way you respond to a challenge may also be a type of stress. Part of your response to a challenge is physiological and affects your physical state. When faced with a challenge or a threat, your body activates resources to protect you - to either get away as fast as you can, or fight.

Causes of academic stress
Increased amounts of school work
Assignment deadlines
Quizzes and exams
Class presentations
Tests
Confusion about career path
balancing school with other activities
Fear of failure
Expectation of parents and teachers
Information age: academic stress is on the rise partly because the information age now provides students with a vast amount of information at their fingertips and because students are expected to synthesize such information at a more accelerated rate than when their parents attended schools.
Learning conditions

Signs of academic burn out or stress

Blood pressure rises
Breathing becomes more rapid
Digestive system slows down
Heart rate (pulse) rises
Immune system goes down
Muscles become tense
We do not sleep (heightened state of alertness)

Negative effects of stress
Difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep
School avoidance
Anger
Aggression
Depression
Isolation
Abuse of drugs
Laziness and sluggishness

Bad ways of coping with stress

Taking drugs (coffee, stimulants)
Partying
Distracting recreation (movies, music, games)
Keeping relationships with opposite gender
Wasting too much time with friends thereby be dragged to undue habits like drug taking,
Excessive reading of novels, magazines, porno magazines
Relentless and pessimism

Ways you cope
Adaptive mechanism; offer +ive help
Attack mechanism push discomfort unto others
Avoidance mechanism that avoid the issue
Behavioral mechanism that change what we do
Cognitive mechanism changes what we think
Self harm mechanism that hurt our self
Defense mechanism e.g denial , repression, reaction formation
Be interested in schoolwork: education is a priority
Eat healthily most especially breakfast also lunch and dinner. The brain drains the most part of the blood nutrient and uses 16% of body blood every minute
Ask questions and read before time
Its OK to fear but its not okay to relent

Reading
How do you read?
Each test you read have its content, objectives
Use of acronyms
Relax, take your time
Do not force yourself to assimilate
Read during your capturing time
Never compare your reading to others
Do not be rigid

Questions
Dislike of lecturer and content of the lecture
Breakfast before days activity
To avoid sleeping can take kola nut
Aw many times can we eat a day
Diff between quiz and test
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