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Coping with stress

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Krystie Linton walks around the school urgently setting up study, and homework plans for her students. With finals quickly approaching, she feels the halls filling up with stress.

 

Linton helps her students in the ILC [Independent Learning Center] manage their time for studying, and she helps them deal with stress if they are getting overly concerned about things inside or outside of school. When dealing with stress Linton suggests using the 3Ps: preparation, practice, and positive thinking.  

“For example, when I need to give a presentation at a conference, I prepare and organize my speech and practice the speech multiple times, usually with a friend who will give me productive feedback,  Linton said. “Then, the day of the presentation I do a little self talk and remind myself that I’ve prepared, I’ve practiced, and the audience will be kind to me.” Although, Linton said that a little stress and some pressure can help someone stay motivated and on task.

 

Linton is able to stay extremely motivated throughout the semester by building a team and establishing strong relationships. “Education is a complex and never-ending field,” Linton said.  “But every class and meeting, even the tough ones, are much better with a personal connection and laughter.”We spend the majority of our time at school, we should enjoy it.”

Making a list of what you need to accomplish for the week can help a person stay motivated and on task. “The act of accomplishing those tasks can reduce your level of stress because you took control of the situation,” Linton said. But, most importantly, schedules should include breaks like watching 15 minutes of a comedy special or going on a short walk to clear your head and relieve stress.

“Also, keep in mind that finals are important, but you are so much more than a percentage or grade,” Linton said.  “Walk away from the final exam room and let it go. Celebrate the ending of another class, another semester.”

 

 

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