Managing Stress and Making Choices
May 17, 2017
Many of you are finishing finals, moving, ending school and transitioning to a summer work schedule. Have you been feeling stressed? Do you feel like you have done a good job managing the demands of your life? What would you do differently next time you feel there is too much to do? Let me put some questions out there for you to think about. Throughout your professional career, you will face challenging times with deadlines and multiple obligations. Student Experience is one of those competing obligations. We want to help you manage through these transitions in ways that help you make choices to make it all happen. We could tell you it involves being organized and thinking ahead but, that isn’t always the most helpful advice. The answer lies within yourself – finding ways to manage stress that work for you and your own situation. What can you do to make sure difficult times go as smoothly as possible so you don’t let others down or your grades drop and to have a feeling of confidence that while things might be busy you can do it!
- What decisions did you make to manage all of the competing demands including work, school, family responsibilities, and taking time to take care of yourself?
- Was there anything in hindsight that you would have done differently?
- Who could you ask for advice about your choices or their impressions about how you managed through the end of the year activity – friends, parents, your Student Experience client?
- Were there things you could have done to prepare in advance? What didn’t you have any control over?
- What kind of planning did you do to think through all of the competing demands and the actual tasks or steps you needed to take? Did you look at things comprehensively or did you take things as they came? What works best for you?
You will find as you enter your professional careers that you will constantly be faced with choices about how to manage workload, expectations, and your personal life? Your choices determine how you show up to others and how you feel about “stress”. Sometimes feelings of stress can be alleviated by making choices that set you up for success. Other times, your choices really are not within your control but, your attitude and how you deal with the situation are up to you. Learning to successfully come out on the other side of stressful situations is a skill, it can be practiced, you can get better at managing things and making choices about your time, priorities, and even self care. Use these past few weeks as an opportunity to learn about yourself and what you did well and where you might make changes the next time there is a stressful situation. All of this will prepare you for your future success in life!