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5 Ways To Alleviate Stress

Maybe your roommate borrowed your favorite skirt and spilled juice on it. Maybe you just got a disappointing grade. Whatever happened, you're stressed out and don't know what to do about it. The next time you're climbing the walls over a stressful situation, try one of the following tips.

1. Talk About It.
Call your mother, call a friend, go down the hall and knock on your R.A.'s door — that's what he's there for. If you have a knot in your stomach over something, you will feel it loosen if you let out what's bothering you. Reach out to someone who understands you and let them know that you are feeling stress and need to talk about it. When someone who cares about you lends an understanding ear, you'll immediately feel better than being stressed out and alone with your bad feelings. In addition, talking to someone outside of your situation can help because the other person can offer perspectives on whatever's stressing you out that you're too stressed to see. Maybe it's not as bad as you think it is, and/or maybe your friend can help you think of ways to deal with what's bothering you that have not yet occurred to you.

yoga 5 Ways To Alleviate Stress2. Go To The Gym.
If you're not big on talking, get physical. Stress is a mental condition, but it affects you physically as well. An intense workout like going for a run or taking a kickboxing class will help in several ways. Because you're focusing on the activity, it will take your mind off what's bothering you. And, better still, while you're focusing on the activity, it is making you feel better. By exercising, you get rid of the stress hormones in your body; the muscles you might not even realize you've been clenching will relax, and best of all, your body will release endorphins that will make you feel better.

3. Ask for Academic Help When You Need it
if your stress stems from an academic problem, go get help. If you just got a bad grade, maybe the last person you want to see is your professor, but that's who you should talk to. Cool off, and drop by office hours to see what you can do to make sure you don't get a bad grade next time around.

If it's not a bad grade that's bothering you, but your problem is academic in nature, that's almost a good thing. Go take care of it before you get a bad grade. Talk to a friend whose expert in the subject that's troubling you, or email your professor with questions or a request to meet to clarify the coursework.

4. Do Something Fun
if you're having a bad day, grab a friend and go to a movie, go for a walk, or grab a coffee. Do something that you like to do.

5. Make A Counseling Appointment
If you have tried everything that you can think of to make yourself feel less stressed out, and the stress hasn't abated, consider making an appointment at the counseling center. Some stress for college students is natural, but if you are miserable for days at a time, you should know you don't have to feel that way. Talking to someone in the counseling center doesn't mean there's anything wrong with you; it just means you're smart enough to acknowledge that something's not right and you're taking steps to fix it.

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How Should You Prepare For The S.A.T.s?

sat test How Should You Prepare For The S.A.T.s?

It's time for the SAT. You've been hearing about this test for years. You've been dreading the battle with the exam like the test is a three-headed dragon spewing fire and poisonous venom. You know how important the test is towards getting into a good school. You want to do your best to slay the dragon. 

Have confidence in your skills. You'll do just fine.

Just like with anything in life, if you're amply prepared, success will inevitably arrive.

PREPARING FOR THE BIG ONE

An 11th grader shouldn't have to deal with such stress. It's not fair. But guess what? Life is filled with challenges and this is just one challenge among many you will face. The best way to prepare for the SAT is to take practice SAT tests.

A practice SAT exam will allow you to know in what range your score will likely land. This hypothetic score is the perfect place to start with the goal being to increase your score. You will be able to increase your SAT score by focusing on the areas that give you the most problems, whether math, verbal, or the essay section.

Practice SAT exams will also allow you to strategize how you are going to slay the dragon. There are certain test taking tips you want to be aware of when practicing for the SAT. For example, keep track of time when taking the practice test. Make sure you will be able to finish a section of the exam within the allocated time.

Answering the easy questions first is a good approach to the exam. It will allow you to save time. In other words, skip over the questions that bog you down. You can come back to them later, after you answer the ones you feel more confidant about.

Develop a strategy for guessing. On the SAT exam, the worse thing to do is leave a question blank. Even if you have to guess, do it, just don't leave a question blank. Develop tactics for guess work. Guess smart. Eliminate the multiple-choice answers you feel have no chance of being correct, then isolate what's left and take the best possible guess.

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The more practice tests you take, the better you will do.

TAKE A COURSE

Another great way to prepare for the SAT is to take a course with a tutor who is trained in helping students prepare for the SAT. Students who take a SAT prep course will usually score higher than if they didn't take the course.

Find out where a SAT prep course is being offered and register for it. If you need help finding a prep course or tutor, talk to your guidance councilor at school, or do an Internet search and see what you come up with.

Good luck preparing to slay the SAT dragon!

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Best ways to Alleviate the Stress Associated With School

meditation Best ways to Alleviate the Stress Associated With SchoolStress is the result of changing hormones and chemicals within the human body. During this time, the digestive and immune systems shut down. This reaction is not good for the human body and is certainly not going to help you achieve in school. Some of the more common reasons for stress are lack of planning, lack of exercise and proper nutrition topped off with a lack of adequate rest and down time. For some, all three are factors. Do not be discouraged, however, there are some simple lifestyle changes that will greatly reduce stress,

Lack of planning is the biggest factor causing stress in the lives of students. So, sit down and write out your short, medium and long-term goals. Ensure that you utilize your class syllabus to prepare your goals. For instance, a short-term goal could be figuring out what work needs to be done by the end of the week. Medium-term goals could be written down as the preparation necessary to pass mid-term exams. Finally, the long-term goal for the semester should be earning an 'A' on every project, quiz and final exam.

If you do not take a proactive role in your education, then you will be left constantly trying to play catch up. The decision is up to you, but knowing what needs to be accomplished in school and setting forth a game plan will greatly reduce the amount of school related stress. Next, behind a lack of planning, the lack of exercise and proper nutrition greatly increases stress levels in the body. Simply put, if you do not eat a low fat diet with balanced proportions of carbohydrates, fats, proteins and water, your body will not function properly. Now, add to that a lack of physical activity, the human body has no means to get rid of stress, toxins and fat building up within the body. If you then take this lifestyle one step further and add onto that a lack of sleep and resting time, body may show signs of getting sick.

The solution to managing stress in these areas is simple. First, talk to a nutritionist at your school or one of the trainers at the school gym. They are experts at guiding you to a healthier lifestyle with proper nutrition and exercise. Resting properly is also a major concern for those in college. With late night parties and after school swimming parties being the norm, you must discipline yourself to relaxing in your down time and ensuring a full nights rest.

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10 Ways To Ace An Exam

test taking 10 Ways To Ace An ExamBefore you take your next exam, consider these 10 essential tips on test taking:

1. Prior to taking the test, think about your past test results. Your previous tests can help you determine what you need to study for the next test. Also, reviewing all your tests for a semester is a good way to study for final exams.

2. Bring any materials you might need for the test, such as pens, pencils, a calculator, and a watch. Obviously, what you will need to bring depends upon the subject as well as what individual items you will need for that specific test.

3. Show up early enough so you can take a few deep breaths before you begin and also will not have to rush and worry about being late. Set up your desk with your pens and what not. Make sure to use the bathroom before you arrive so you won't be distracted by bladder urges while you try to concentrate.

4. Make sure you are relaxed and comfortable during the test. Try not to talk to others before the test begins, as it could increase your testing-taking stress. After all, anxiety can be contagious. While you take those deep breaths, tell yourself you are prepared and will do well. Then, force a smile on your face before you begin.

5. During the test, make sure you read the directions carefully. You do not want to miss important points. Also, read each question meticulously. For instance, what if the test is true and false? You could easily miss the word "not" and select the wrong answer!

6. Take your time. Do not try to rush through. Moving too quickly through the test can cause unnecessary mistakes, just as not reading things through can.

7. Manage your test time well. Try to answer the "easy" questions first. Those are the ones you know without a doubt or are almost sure of. That leaves the more difficult questions for the rest of the testing taking time, making you feel more at ease. If you focus on the difficult ones first, then you may run out of time. The easy ones are the ones you know and can almost guarantee you to score good points from those.

8. After you answer the questions, if time allows, start at the beginning of the test and review everything. Make sure that you have answered all the questions as well as have followed the directions carefully.

9. If there is any extra time, focus on the absolutely most difficult questions. Do a lot of deep thinking to come up with an answer.

10. Try not to change your test answers too many times. Sometimes your first instinct is right. However, if you have a sudden "aha" moment, then you should definitely alter your answer.

And there you have it; 10 tips on test taking. Use them wisely! Happy test taking.

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Get Your BA Online!!

Generally there are two types of bachelor’s degrees offered to prospective students: The B.S. (Bachelor of Science) and B.A. (Bachelor of Arts). If you are seeking a B.A. degree through online education, you have many options to choose from. And being able to do it all from your Internet connection means less stress and worlds of opportunity!

Whether you are pursuing your degree at a traditional college campus or in an online education B.A. degree program you will complete a curriculum that will prepare you for your field of choice, or to continue your education in a master’s degree program. The beauty of the online educational process is your potential role as a student. Having access to professors via email, chat and phone, will take that awkwardness out of having to go to their offices to discuss possible problems or to ask a simple question.

No longer do you have to register and compete with fellow students for a particular class time. While pursuing your B.A. degree education online, you’ll be able to choose when to take class as well as how often. Becoming disciplined in your studies will allow you to complete your degree program in an abbreviated period of time and help you establish excellent work habits for future employment.

Choosing a B.A. degree online education program takes so much of the stress out of the educational process. As relaxing as the online learning process can be, one thing is necessary when searching for online B.A. degree education: whether you want a degree in art education or accounting, the online school you choose to attend must be accredited. The accreditation will mean that your degree program is based on a curriculum that meets the most contemporary educational standards.

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Five Tips To Help You With Your College Decision

Choosing a college can be very taxing on your nerves. The decision will flavor the rest of your educational and professional development. Selecting a college is not something to be taken lightly, but making solid judgment calls requires clear thinking. You cannot fill your mind with stress and anxiety, or you will impair your ability to make a sound decision.

Just relax. Take a deep breath. It’s going to be okay, there’s really no need to freak out. Here are five tips that’ll help make your college decision a little bit easier.

1. The choice is entirely up to you.
You can’t choose a college t please someone. Your family may want you to go to a certain institution. Your friends may all be requesting your presence at this or that university. Everyone will have more than two-cent worth of advice to give you when you make this decision, but the choice is yours and yours alone. You are in control. You have the first and final say. Consider the opinions of others, then let go of all the advice and just follow your heart.

2. Apply to multiple universities.
You have to keep your options open. This means filling out multiple applications to different types of universities. You should have picks that you know are a sure thing. These safe bets are your fall-back plans. Apply to a few schools where you think you have a chance to be accepted, and apply to at least one or two schools that are an absolute stretch. These reaching options may surprise you. You can’t rule out the impossible when applying to college, so be sure you have enough options to account for every contingency.

3. Explore course offerings outside your major.
You have to match up your college choices with your intended area of study. Rule out any place that doesn’t have your major, but don’t stop there. While you are in school, there are classes outside of your major that you are going to want to take. Want to take one class in video editing? Don’t choose a college based on the availability of one elective, but don’t assume that the courses in your major are all you will ever be interested in. The more you know about the entire course catalog of the college you’re considering, the easier it’ll be to compare and contrast the curriculum of different universities.

4. Talk to people.
Ask as many questions from as many qualified people as possible. Find out what alumni and current students have to say. Consult with counselors, academic advisors and faculty members. Don’t let one person’s opinion make the decision for you. Take the opinions of others and balance them with your own observations.

5. Worst case scenario you can always transfer!
While nothing can seem as final as your final college selection, the truth of the matter is you always have options, even once you’ve already started taking classes at your new university. If you absolutely hate life at the school you chose, you can always transfer somewhere else after two years. Make sure that you that you’ve put forth every possible effort to make it work before you decide to transfer. If after careful deliberation, you still decide that you want to bail, by all means do so. College is an opportunity, not a sentence. If your school of choice isn’t working out the way you envisioned, change your scenery.

If you chill out, you’ll be in a better position to make an important decision. Just do your homework, keep your options open and explore. In the end, you’ll know what to do. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, but don’t let anyone else decide your future for you.

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How To Avoid Stress And Be Awesome

Do Not Procrastinate
Of course you’ve heard this a million times before, but avoiding procrastination is the best thing you can do for yourself in terms of avoiding stress. Ironically, stressed out students usually turn to various forms of procrastination to alleviate stress. Taking breaks is okay, even necessary, but wandering away from a project for hours to zone out in front of TV or to distract your friends down the hall from their projects is only going to lead to more stress when you finally do have to confront the realities of your homework situation.
To avoid stress, stay on top of your homework. Don’t let deadlines sneak up on you. If your imminent deadline is what’s stressing you out, the only way for you to deal with the stress is to confront it. Once you start chipping away at whatever it is you don’t want to do, you’re sure to find that it’s not as bad as you thought it would be.

Take Breaks That Refresh You
After you’ve gotten some work done, it’s important to reward yourself with time away from what you’re working on. If you plan your breaks, you will find your work less stressful to begin with. And because you know there’s an end in sight, you will probably work more efficiently, too.

When you’ve earned your break, do something that’s going to make you feel good. Going for a walk is a great option because it will clear your head and give you some exercise, as well as some perspective on your work. In fact, many students find that if they are having trouble with an assignment, that the solution to their problems suggest itself if they go for a walk. Once you’ve started to work on something, even when you walk away, your unconscious mind keeps going, and sometimes rewards your efforts with the answer you’ve been struggling over when you least expect it.

Exercise in general is great for a break, and for a way to avoid stress. The exercise you do works out tension you’ve built up in your muscles, and the endorphins your body releases after a great workout will literally make you feel great.

If you don’t feel like exercising, do something else that you do enjoy. Call your mother or your best friend from high school, catch up on emails, or read a book for pleasure. Just remember that you’re on a break, not a vacation. Set limits for yourself. Maybe talk for one half hour, and then go back to work with the promise of another break in a couple of hours.

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Tips for Avoiding Burnout

What is Burnout?

If you feel exhausted, overworked, and dread going to work, you might be experiencing burnout. Burnout happens when people become fatigued and lose motivation. When burnout occurs, it becomes increasingly difficult to face each workday. You might find yourself dreading work, or even making excuses to avoid going to work.

Some of the common symptoms of burnout include moodiness, extreme tiredness, suppressed immunity to illness, and a lack of interest in your work. Burnout is especially common among people with high-stress jobs including social workers, teachers, and paramedics. Employee burnout is a major cause of turnover, with many individuals changing careers to escape their stressful jobs.

What Causes Burnout?

One of the major causes of burnout is overwork. If the expectations of your job are too high or unrealistic, job stress can quickly lead to burnout. One way of avoiding burnout in this instance is to ask your employer to clearly define your role at work and reach an agreement on the specific expectations of your position.

Another major cause of burnout is a lack of recognition. Toiling away at work each day without receiving positive feedback can be extremely frustrating and stressful. Earning rewards such as accolades, bonuses, or appreciation is one way of avoiding burnout.

Having little control over your job or situation is also another leading cause of burnout. Careers in social services and emergency health care are especially susceptible to this type of burnout, since clients and patients are often in dire situations that you have little control over. Fortunately, there are ways of avoiding burnout that can help you overcome these causes of burnout, stick with your job, and reduce the job stress in your life.

5 Tips for Avoiding Burnout

1. Take care of your health.

Job stress can have a negative impact on your health, so it is important to stay healthy in order to avoid burnout. Getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly are great ways to help deal with stress. If you still find yourself experiencing burnout symptoms, consult a doctor to talk about steps you can take to control your stress levels.

2. Avoid perfectionism.

One important way of avoiding burnout involves lowering your expectations. Realize that you cannot do everything. Reward yourself when you do well, but don’t punish yourself when things don’t work out exactly as you planned.

3. Ask for help.

Sharing the load with others is a highly effective way of avoiding burnout. Think of yourself as part of a team, with each person bringing a unique set of skills, talent, and experience to contribute to the task at hand. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

4. Give yourself a break.

It is important to give yourself time away from your job. This might mean taking a vacation, or it might simply involve taking the time to participate in hobbies or activities that you enjoy. Go see a film, take a trip, or join a book club to find the relaxation that is vital for avoiding burnout.

5. Take a hard look at your job.

Avoiding burnout is impossible if you’re ill suited to your job. Do a career assessment to determine if your job is a good fit for your personality, goals, and values. If you decide that it’s time for a change, take the time to search for a career that is right for you.

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Tips for Reducing Stress

Job stress can be caused by a number of factors, including overbearing bosses, irritating co-workers, and difficult clients. Job stress can take a major toll on your health, happiness, and career satisfaction. If you have a high stress job, there are steps you can take to reduce the amount of stress in your life. The following tips can help you cope with stress and find more peace in the workplace.

1. Manage your time wisely.

One of the best ways of reducing stress is to manage your schedule in order to avoid rushing to complete projects or racing to get to meetings on time. Try to find a time management system that works well for you. PDAs are a great way to track your schedule, projects, and appointments, especially if you are comfortable with technology. For the less tech-savvy, the good old notebook and pen method is also very effective, or you can pick up a day planner to aid in your time management.

2. Use brief relaxation sessions at work.

Set aside a few minutes each day to practice some techniques for reducing stress. Deep breathing and meditation are great choices. Other options might include listening to relaxing music, doing a few stretching exercises, or taking a brief walk during a break or lunch. These activities are a great way to lower your tension and clear your head.

3. Deal with conflict effectively.

While you can’t avoid every conflict at work, you can learn to deal with it in a way that won’t bring your blood pressure to a boil. If you believe strongly in your position, realize that the other person might feel equally strongly about theirs. Allowing room for negotiation is one of the best ways to resolve conflict respectfully and is an important part of reducing stress in the workplace.

4. Take care of your health.

Reducing stress in the workplace cannot happen if you aren’t getting enough sleep, exercise, water, and good nutrition. Experts have issued many warning about the dangers of not getting enough sleep; so make an effort to get a solid eight hours each night. Regular exercise has been shown to reduce stress levels and can actually make it easier to cope with stress in the future.

5. Take time for personal interests.

When reducing stress, the things you do outside of work can be just as important as what you do when you are at work. Take the time to indulge in your personal interests, passions, and hobbies. Sometimes, people feel that these activities can be pushed aside and put off until you have more time or are feeling less stressed. In actuality, your hobbies are a great way of reducing stress. Not only are they relaxing, enjoyable, and fun, they also provide you with something to look forward to when you are facing trying times at work.

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