Within the materials provided during my study abroad orientation I was given tips and resources on how to handle stress while abroad. I never assumed that this would be part of my time in Brazil. After all I thought, how could I feel stressed if I was going to be studying steps from the beach and in a program that I was more than excited for. However, I didn’t totally ignore the advise that the counselors on campus gave me and I came prepared with different tools to help me if it ever came to that point.
Here’s the thing about stress, sometimes it can take you by surprise. So I have decided to share with you guys some tips that I have found useful on how to handle stress.
Get to know yourself– Find out what brings you energy and what steals your energy.
Make time for YOU– Some times we get caught up in meeting new people, having new experiences, and even cramming for a midterm or paper that we forget how important it is to slow down.
Sleep Sleep Sleep– I don’t think I can stress this enough. Sleep is vital for a physical and mental reasons. When we sleep our body has time to heal and repair and the lack of sleep has been linked to many issues from heart disease to stroke. Mentally sleep is associated with improved memory, creativity, and grades to name a few.
Know your resources– This is by far one of the most important tips I can give on handling stress. It is important to know what extra help you have at your disposal when the pressure of things gets to be overbearing.
The Center for Counseling and Consultation at Shady Grove campus is an amazing service that is free of charge for all USG students, faculty, and staff. If you have never seen them they are located in Building III, Room 1134 in the Priddy Library. Check them out at http://www.shadygrove.umd.edu/campus-services/ccc.
Let me know some of the ways you handle your stress!