Stress is a typical part of every college student’s experience. On top of worrying about keeping up with assignments and grades, students have other responsibilities such as clubs, jobs, and even families and friends to worry about. Learning to manage stress is important to keep students happy, healthy, and in charge of their grades. But sometimes you may find yourself in an extreme situation in which you have no control over, one that throws off all your stress management. (During this past semester, I lost both my uncle and my grandmother in a month’s time. Trying to stay on top of school assignments has been a challenge.) In this kind of situation, I have found the best things to do in my own experience.
- Talk to your teachers. If you’re in school, you need to let your teachers know what’s going on and how you are doing. They aren’t horrible people who don’t care and only want your homework. One of my teachers gave me a month extension on a research paper because I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to work on it. All you have to do is ask your teachers for an incomplete if that’s what you need.
- Take a break. Everyone processes situations differently. If reading books or watching Netflix for hours is what helps you, then do it. Trying to keep up with your everyday life after a loss is extremely difficult. You need to take the time to process and grieve.
- Seek comfort. Whether its talking to your family, friends, or even counseling, talking over your problems will help you to get through them. I went to see a grief counselor after my losses and I felt much better afterward.