For some people, stress hits immediately and calls for an immediate remedy. For others, it is prolonged and needs a long-term solution. For others, it could be a week. Either way, solutions are not uniform for everyone, so here are various methods for short, intermediate and long-term stress.
-Go for a walk/exercise—When many people think of exercise, they think of having to go to the gym and do strenuous work. However, if exercise isn’t your thing, going for a walk can be just as good and, in some cases, even better.
-Fall asleep—This sounds contradictory, but one of the best solutions to stress is sleep. A well-rested mind will work much faster than a tired one and, even if you only get a half hour of sleep, you will be able to look at things in a new light once awake.
-Write down everything you have to do—INCLUDING things you have done for the day so you can cross it off and tangibly see what you got done in X hours and how much more you can get done in the hours to come.
-Break apart your work into categories of things you have to do, whether it be reading, writing, problems, assignments (ect.). Then do your work across all categories, taking a ‘break’ by doing other work that’s still getting work done, but using various parts of your brain so it does not feel like continuous hours of work.
Change your mindset:
-What is the worst thing that would happen if I did not finish this?
-In 5 years from now, will I remember this moment regardless of whether it goes well or poorly?
-Can I get all of these tasks done if I stayed up all night one night and worked throughout the night? Put the totality of your work into the perspective of a 24-hour time frame. If you think you could get all of the work done in 24 hours if you worked it straight, knowing that you have 5X that amount of hours allows you to see that the work you have is not as much as you originally thought.