A lot of people think that students have a care-free life filled with parties, loads of friends, and bunking classes whenever the feel like chilling, but the truth is that varsity peeps have a lot on their minds.
Study stress, problems with classmates and roomies, and relationship issues can really get you down sometimes, but what can you do to stay positive? Here are reasons why you might be feeling down, and some ways to get back up!
Being a student ain’t that easy…
Succeeding in your studies, working a part-time job, socialising, and maybe even meeting that special person who will rock your world – these are just a few things that every student has on their plate, and they aren’t easy!
If you feel like everything is getting too much for you to deal with, the first thing you should do is stop everything and find a quiet place to sit and think. Once you’re alone, make a list of everything that’s getting to you – you can call this your “stress list” if you like.
Using your “stress list” to beat negative feelings
If you’re normally happy and fun to be around, you’re probably confused – why do you feel so down sometimes? Maybe you have too much going on in your life, with your studies, your social life, and the pressures that all students face.
Take a look at your “stress list” and ask yourself this question – are the things that stress me out inside me (like feelings of depression, sadness, or feeling lonely) or are they mostly outside of me (like study stress, problems with friends, and financial issues)?
If your problems are caused by outside events, you’ll need to learn to manage your time (and your stress) to achieve your goals and stay happy – we’ll be dealing with this in detail in our blog posts each month.
If your “stress list” contains mostly inner feelings, you should consider a visit to a counsellor at varsity – these people are trained professionals who are there to listen, and they can provide you with the support you need to get your positive attitude back. Don’t be shy – drop by for a quick session and you’ll be on the right track.
photo credit: Jon McGovern