It’s 3 a.m. and you’re still studying. Sweaty fingers turn the pages of your textbook as your heart tries to bust out of its chest-jail. In a daze, you scan the same dull paragraph four times before you realize that you aren’t actually reading the text. Your head is pounding and you cannot concentrate as you count down the final hours, minutes and then seconds until you need to be relaying your knowledge on paper. You’re stressed from studying and worrying about getting a good score.
Stress is “a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way.” When you sense danger, your body goes into “fight-or-flight” reaction mode in order to protect you. This is great for emergency situations, like slamming on your breaks to avoid an accident, but it is not so wonderful for studying. The symptoms of stress are numerous; check out helpguide.org for the symptoms and warning signs of stress, along with other ways to cope with stress.
Stress occurs naturally in college students, who are overwhelmed balancing multiple classes with work schedules and extra activities. Studying for the GMAT in 1 month or less is another monster conducive to stress, and some students choose to turn to unhealthy ways of coping: alcohol, drugs, overeating. However, there exist many healthier (and cheaper) ways to beat stress.
Instead of reaching for a snack to relax, relieve your tensions from studying in some of the following ways.