You may find a situation getting the better of you. Here are seven ways to help you cope:
- Talk to someone. Don’t bottle your problems up. Go to someone you trust and get it off your chest. Sometimes verbalizing the problem can help you to see the situation in a different light. If things get bad enough, visit the Office of Student Health Services and set up an appointment to see a counselor.
- Make your escape. Taking a break from a difficult situation can do wonders for your frame of mind. Your escape doesn’t have to be as elaborate as a vacation; a shopping trip, movie, or walk in the park can do the trick.
- Let it out. Release your frustration in a productive way; a hard game of raquetball, for example, will ease your tension.
- Forget about it. Sometimes you’ve just got to say “This isn’t important enough to give my time to” and move on from whatever’s got you down.
- Do something nice. If you find you’re thinking about your own worries too much, focus on someone else who’s dealing with a tough situation. You’ll get a good feeling from doing something nice for them, and you’ll forget about your own troubles.
- Do one thing at a time. If your workload seems overwhelming, don’t get discouraged. Take the most important task that’s haunting you and start in on it. Accomplishing even one of your “to dos” can make you feel like you’re back in control.
- Give yourself a break. Some people create stress by setting standards that are too high to reach. Don’t try to be perfect—sometimes you’ll have to be satisfied with “good enough.”
*Taken from Making Your Mark, 5th edition, by Lisa Fraser, (1996).