Wednesday, May 19, 2010

How to Cope With Stress

How to Cope With Stress
Stress is a common problem among students. In Malaysia, it is stressful for the students because the education system is exam-oriented and each student has to study at least nine subjects for the Malaysia Education Certificate. Moreover, the schools and parents expected them to get perfect score in all the subjects so that they can have a better chance of entering Public University.

Despite of the pressure, students should not complaint about not having enough time. Amalina, Siti Fatimah and Siti Madihah who had obtained perfect scores in their SPM examination had proved that one must know how to manage one’s time well. Students must visualise their goal and work towards achieving it.

Planning a time-table is one of the most effective ways of managing time. A timetable helps a student to schedule their study time,doing sports,engaging in leisure activities, sleeping hour and meal times. He must focus on completing a task given within the time scheduled. He should not procrastinate.

As sports and leisure activities are also included in the timetable, students ought to feel relax. After all, within 24 hours, they are not only studying and completing tasks given by their teachers. In fact, they also have enough sleep and a set meal times.

Besides, a well-plan timetable, a student needs a balanced meal. As he should never miss a meal, he should also make sure that the food he takes is nutritious. A meal must begin with fruit. Fruit provides vitamin C which helps to boost a student’s immunity system against diseases. Fruit is also good at balancing emotion. Student should not also miss carbohydrate, protein and minerals in their food intake .They ensure a student to have enough energy and strength to go through a day.

Furthermore, many evidences have shown that students who work in a group find studying less stressful. They are able to discuss the topic they do not understand and get solution to problems faster than studying own their own. Amalina for example had pointed to working in group as one of her success tips.

Nobody in this world is living a problem-free life. Students are not exempted. So if they have problems, they should talk about their problems to people whom they can trust. Parents are the best persons to talk to. Others whom they can seek advice from are teachers and counsellors. A wise friend may help too. Talking to someone will make the problem lighter and bearable.

Many people believe that listening to music helps to reduce stress but students need to choose music which soothes to the ears. Since stressful people usually suffer from headache, heavy rock music may only increase the stress.

Some religious people like the Buddhist and Hindu resort to meditation while the Muslims perform their prayer and recite the Quran as way of reducing stress. Students may do so according to their beliefs.

Stress is clearly manageable. A student must develop a positive approach towards life and avoid being saddened by trivial matter.