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Do you want to attend graduate school? If the answer is yes, shift the gear in drive. This blog will help you 1) stay informed about graduate programs, 2) decide on graduate schools, 3) apply for graduate schools (including the GRE and personal statements), 4) prepare for interviews, 5) find funding and lots more. Although this site cannot guarantee a masters or doctoral position, it does promise that you will be a very competitive candidate for your desired program!

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Stress Busters- How To Handle Stress

It doesn't matter what day of the week it is, we always have stress. Even the weekends can be nail bitting. An upcoming interview, a test, a paper, seeing your relatives can all add more stress to your life. You definatly can feel it, mentally and physically. However, some people just seem to handle it better than others. Here are a few tips to help you bust the stress:

20 Stress busters:

1) Make a decision and plan around it. Do not ask others to make your decisions for you; you are the one who will have to commit to it and live with it.

2) Exercise daily. Choose an exercise you enjoy doing: jogging, walking, golf, basketball…you name it. Do not overdo it at first. Exercise releases endorphins, which gives you a boost in the day.

3) Listen to relaxing music. Music can really take you away and allow you to relax before starting a big project.

4) Laugh… a lot. The simple act of laughing can do a lot to change your mood.

5) Take charge of your financial situation. Money problems are a big part of stress. Create a budget plan.

6) Schedule a realistic day. Do not try to do too much and allow enough time to finish projects.

7) Develop a social support network—friends, family, classmates and other groups.

8) Have fun. Find a happy medium between school, work and play.

9) Talk out problems with others or write them out in a journal daily.

10) Eat well. Do not eat all that junk food. Junk food makes you feel bloated and ishy.

11) Listen to relaxation tapes.

12) Get enough sleep.

13) Be aware of daily hassles and try to avoid them if possible.

14) Be aware of role contact. Your roles often bump and conflict with one another, i.e. student/brother/father/husband/employee roles.

15) Avoid procrastination. Take action now and plan everything out.

16) Take time for solitude. Sometimes you just need some you time.

17) Create a personal space. Make a retreat and relaxation place.

18) Be aware of your breathing. Take deep breaths when feeling stressed.

19) Replace negative, over critical thoughts with positive statements and affirmations.

20) Be assertive your communication. Ask for help, set limits or boundaries with others. Do not be afraid to say no.

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