Exam Stress: Five Tips to Make it an Asset.

Exam Stress: Five Tips to Make it an Asset

Research shows that accepting your stress helps protect yourself from negative emotions.

The end of the semester is indeed a stressful period. Trying to escape this reality can do more harm than good. Some tracks to face it and turn the pressure into strength.

Last springboard to exams, graduation - or even entry into the workforce, for the older of them - the end of the semester represents for students one of the most stressful times of the year .

According to a study conducted in the United States, 60% of undergraduates report experiencing above-average stress levels during this period. More than a third say that this has pulled their academic performance down. Although stress can have negative effects, as a specialist in stress management, I know there are ways to make it an asset.

Here are some ways to help young people look after their own well-being in the final stretch of the year.

Accept stress

It has happened that schools and universities encourage their students to enjoy a "spring without stress". If the sending of this kind of message starts from a good intention, it can give them unrealistic expectations.

The end of the semester is indeed a stressful period. Trying to escape this reality can do more harm than good. This is the case if students are worried about the very fact of feeling stress. This will lead them to avoid stressful situations not to amplify these sensations. To reduce their stress levels, they will be tempted to postpone their revisions or homework.

This kind of avoidance can in turn generate more pressure, as the causes of stress will not dissipate. This will create new problems, such as feeling depressed. If the avoidance strategy seems instinctive, research shows that accepting this stress would actually allow some students to protect themselves from negative emotions such as fear.

Change your point of view

Stress can be harmful but it can also make people more productive and focused, and promote personal growth.

The way you think about stress is important too. Some research even shows that your beliefs about it could become self-fulfilling prophecies. This means that if you think that the effects of stress are dangerous, they can be more dangerous. Conversely, if you think they are useful, you will get more positive results according to Alia Crum, psychology professor at Stanford.

Adopting a positive point of view on stress can only be beneficial.

Give a sense of stress

Research shows that attaching meaning to stressors in your life can help you better manage them.

In her book The Right Side of Stress, psychologist Kelly McGonigal argues that a meaningful life is a stressful life. In other words, the most important sources of stress in our lives cut across the main sources of meaning. As far as the students are concerned, we must realize that all the obligations they have to submit to - homework, tests and projects - are an essential step in the realization of their goals, their dreams, and the accomplishment of their passions.

Soliciting your network

It is important for students to look to their social network and the people they trust to share what they are experiencing.

Research shows that social connections are important for managing stress and overcoming it.

Calling on those around you can help you face the challenges and change the way stressors are evaluated. In short, stressful situations will seem less threatening and less negative. Use of social resources has been shown to promote physical and mental health, provide a sense of control, and even help strengthen the immune system.

To know how to be grateful

When students are stressed, pessimism slips more easily into their daily lives. In these cases, they may tend to overlook the positive things that happen to them. If they rely on the right events that occur and know how to sincerely express their gratitude, despite the stress they are undergoing, they will notice interesting changes, especially a decrease in this same stress.

Gratitude can improve mental health and well-being in general. So go ahead and take advantage of this positive emotion. The stress will not disappear completely, but the students will be better armed in the face of the pressures that still remain.

The Assumption of Mary.

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The Assumption of Mary

...Is the religious belief that the "Virgin Mary" is not dead like everyone but has directly "ascended to heaven". I will always remember how I learned this wacky Bible story

I was in grade 5, we had catechism with "volunteers", probably parents of students, and they told us this story of Mary who did not die like everyone else, but went up to heaven, which gives rise to the feast of the assumption. I still remember how we laughed! Already at the time, I think that many of us had enough scientific culture to understand the grotesque of such fabrications.

Since then, I still imagine the "Virgin Mary" taking off from the Earth like a rocket :-D

3, 2, 1 ... ignition!

Jesus also took off like a rocket, it is "The Ascension", its elevation to the sky (The Thursday of Ascension is a holiday in France, between April 30 and June 3), the Assumption designating that of the Virgin Mary (celebrated on August 15).

The Scriptures of Christianity say little about how the Mother of Christ left her earthly life, but a tradition was established from the first centuries of the Church in Jerusalem - still on that date of August 15 - to celebrate the "The Virgin's Dormition." This term "dormition" of the Virgin signifying her mysterious falling asleep in death and its rise, according to the Christian faith, body and soul, in heaven. The Assumption of Mary, which is called Dormition in the Eastern tradition, is the orthodox and Catholic religious belief that the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, did not die like everyone but entered directly into the glory of God (what would commonly be translated as "climb to heaven").

Reading studies on the Internet makes you more beautiful!

Reading studies on the Internet makes you more beautiful!

Eating a sausage a day can be deadly. (MBC Medicine Review)

"Smart people go to bed late", "At work, motivation is at 14:55 low" ...

On our screens, no one can escape! But where do all this wacky information come from?

These are the Zoe who will be happy: "Having a short name promotes professional success," according to a job offer site American. And especially the single Zoe, because "the marriage harms health", according to a study of the University of Austin (Texas) - those who despair of finding the soul mate will console themselves: their check-up will be better than those of lovers!

Absurd? Go, who has never clicked on these links to catchy titles, these "scientific" studies that regularly feed news feeds on the Web, abound on Facebook and Twitter, and generate avalanches of comments oscillating between the first and the last. Fifteenth degree?

Researchers who know the ropes

"These little, funny, offbeat, even absurd, feeds conversations at the coffee machine and give a little lightness to our daily, often overbooked or anxiety.A little, finally, like the traditional horoscope," says Agnès Millet, journalist, co-author, with Morgane Tual, of a successful Tumblr -130000 subscribers - on these "studies with the con", as they call them.

Marriage is bad for your health. Marriage hurts health. (University of Texas-USA)

They have made a book, just as prosaic title: Eating a sausage a day may be fatal . "Attention, this book, although humorous, is based on real scientific studies which we always quote the reference," said Agnès Millet, anxious to spare its purveyors of crazy information.

Universities of Prague, Sweden, Texas, Bristol, Hiroshima ... Most of these funny data come from distant lands. French researchers are therefore less interested in these subjects, often perceived as anecdotal? "Let's say that in France we tend to take ourselves a little more seriously.It is better to do a thesis on the lake of Paladru in the Middle Ages than to carry out studies on these 'small' subjects of everyday life", replies Patrice Duchemin, sociologist of consumption.

It remains to know what is meant by the word "studies". For Florian Gouthière, journalist and author of Health Science, should we swallow everything? (2), this name is a bit of catch-all means "impeccable clinical trials that surveys based on more or less important samples, an experiment on some mice, or methodologically poor work".

The less scrupulous researchers seeking easy cover have their strings, such as artificially bringing together two subjects that have nothing to do but follow the same evolutionary curve. Two years ago, the claim "Tinder encourages STDs" has spread at high speed on the Internet. "It was enough to make the link between the increase in the number of connections to dating sites and the rise in the number of sexually transmitted diseases in a given period such as summer to obtain this kind of risky statement," decrypts Catherine Lejealle, sociologist, professor at ISC Paris and author of J'arrête d'hyperconnecté! (3).

Thirsty sensational

Above all, many of these Kleenex surveys come under psychology. "But the human being is not easily measurable or quantifiable," insists Michael Stora, psychologist, founder of the Observatory of the digital worlds in human sciences (OMNSH). "Ask a young person in a family relations investigation: if he had a dispute with his father the day before, you would not get the same answer as he would have given you a few days before," continues the specialist. The height of the absurd: a study published in the very serious journal Science concludes ... do not believe in scientific studies!

"True or false, it does not matter," exclaims Catherine Lejealle, "Their role is not to inform, but to provoke the famous little adrenaline shots that the Y and Z generations are particularly fond of." Saturated with information, young people tend to hunt down the most astonishing, astonishing, hilarious subject. The important thing is to be the first to find and relay it on social networks. The mode of format, very short, and the lightness of the contents correspond perfectly to the tendency of the moment, in the line of the site Topito, specialist of the lists and the classemen ts of all kinds. As long as it's funny and quirky.

Hot chocolate tastes better in an orange cup. (Oxford University-England) Hot chocolate tastes better in an orange cup. (University of Oxford-England) Getty Images / iStockphoto

There is also a top 12 studies to the con. At the top of the podium: "Hot chocolate tastes better in an orange cup". "The danger of this trend is that it acts almost like a drug, the user always wants to go further in the search for sensational," says Catherine Lejealle.

"Push at the click"

Hence the importance of the title, showcase "pushes to click" this type of info more or less phony. The more he is loud and provocative, the better. Quit, again, to take a few shortcuts. "Peeing in the shower can help save the planet," proclaims one of them. Statement from a campaign launched by a British university to encourage students to save water. "To give way to an older person could do more harm than good," warns another. Logic, since staying up is much better for your health. A professor from Oxford University tells you!

Last but not least: "To have a foot outside the quilt helps to sleep better". A psychology teacher in Alabama explains very seriously that during the night the body warms up little by little, hence the reflex of getting out of the toes to cool off.

Who cares anymore

Who cares anymore

At 62 years old, I have lived many social changes.

In the 70s, to be cool, you had to be an intellectual. It was of importance. To be proud of ourselves, we had to proves around our values. We had to cultivate our gardens, our brains and personalities. We did not have internet, but we had bicycles, we did not have facebook but we had the park at the end of the street.

Years passed and new generations came by... and mediocrity came along.

I feel like an old wreck with my knowledge I cannot share. I have read a whole encyclopedia when I was young because I wanted to know everything.

All sciences and arts interested me.

Today, I feel like we will never see such a zenith and apotheosis happen.

People doesn't care anymore.

Selfishness is the rule. Am I pretty? Am I this? Am I that ? Am I real?

There is things I would never do because I care about others. There is words I would never say.

Maybe I should just keep quiet and never again bother with others.

Just wanted to whine a little. :-)