Dealing with Stress

by Bama Porter

Rejeana Milligan studies for her upcoming exam.
Rejeana Milligan studies for her upcoming exam.

With finals looming ahead, knowing how to deal with stress will be helpful in the coming weeks. In a survey of Judson students, 63% rated their stress to be an 8 or greater on a 1 to 10 scale while 50 percent of them worried about their grades.

When asked which of the following general subjects cause the most stress for them, students answered science, math, history, or English.  Science (followed closely by math) caused students the most stress.

While this was no surprise, considering the amount of complaints  over stress one can hear daily about both classes, the time students actually spent studying for these classes was impressive. While students often spend an average of 6 or more hours studying for science, they only spent an average of 3 to 4 hours studying for math. This revelation might be a bit surprising for some; since both subjects caused a nearly equal amount of stress, one could assume that students would spend the same amount of time studying for each subject.

Knowing how to deal with stress can help students be happier, healthier, and more willing to come back next year. The following list contains a number of ways that Judson students say that they have dealt with stress on a daily basis:

  • Cry
  • Sing/listen to music
  • Pray
  • Nap
  • Breathe
  • Scream
  • Avoid
  • Exercise/walk
  • Call parents
  • Stress eat/stop eating
  • Vent
  • Drink water
  • Write stories
  • Read

From Judson professors….

While the students shared their own methods of dealing with stress, I also gathered suggestions from professors because, as professional adults, they know how to better deal with stress than students. Here are their recommendations:

  • Think positively
  • Exercise/eat healthy
  • Read
  • Give your problems to God
  • Nap
  • Have confidence
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