Stress is Normal for Students 

In a nationwide Gallup poll from 2017, it was found that 8 in 10 Americans experience daily stress and worry. 

We all experience stress in our everyday lives, and stress affects each of us in different ways. For some, that can mean an irritable personality. For others, that may mean frequent sleepless nights. The fact of the matter is, stress is normal. What isn’t normal is allowing it to affect your life in detrimental ways. 

Let’s face itbeing a student is not easy. The stressors of everyday life may be compounded with the added stress that comes with attending classes and striving to graduate! So, let’s break down some of the most common areas of student stress and check out some tips that can help to deal with them! 

What is Causing it?  

Causes of stress are not the same for every person. Some people even thrive when they’re under pressure! Stress activates your sympathetic nervous system, stimulating the release of stress hormones throughout your body. The hormones give you energy and can cause responses such as “fight or flight.”

Also, note that stress can be positive or negative. Positive stressors can include events such as an upcoming wedding, graduation, or vacation. We’re the most concerned about negative stressors, as those can lead to loss of productivity, health concerns, and exhaustionFor example, concerns about transportation to classes or worry about an upcoming test are negative stressors.

A study by Harvard Medical School researchers in 2017 found that 67,000 college students from across more than 100 institutions each felt high stress rates. Unfortunately, it’s common across those in trade schools or colleges. However, there are ways you can deal with stress! 

Managing Stressors 

You’re going to feel stress. Whether positive or negative, it is a fact of life. And for students, these (mostly negative) stressors can build up. However, it’s important to identify where your stress originates. Maybe you have too many commitments and feel overextended. Or, you could feel like you don’t understand the concepts taught in class. Once you figure out what is stressing you out, you can start on managing those sources properly.

To have a more positive student experience, we at National Aviation Academy recommend a few tips on how to manage stress!  

     1. Diet

There’s nothing better than getting home from a long day of classes and kicking back with some ice cream. It’s tempting just to grab a quick fast-food meal on your way home. However, diet has a huge impact on stress.  

A proper and balanced diet can offset stressors by strengthening your immune system, reducing blood pressure, and stabilizing your mood! Consuming foods rich in Vitamin C, such as citrus fruits, can boost the immune system. Fatty fish, nuts, and seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, which can reduce stress hormones and are overall healthy for your heart! Before you eat, think about taking the time to cook a well-balanced meal versus ordering a pizza. 

     2. Sleep

This is a big one. Sleep is crucial to certain benefits, such as muscle repair and memory consolidation. For students, memory retention is important for understanding concepts and curriculum, especially when testing 

Getting an adequate number of hours of sleep can also help you get through the day easier. Being tired can make the day harder as it impacts your academic performance. While some students rely on saying up most of the night to study for an exam, pulling an all-nighter last minute can be counterproductive. Also, different people need different amounts of sleep to feel rested. Find out how much you need to start the day properly and do your best in class!  

   3. Exercise

There are plenty of physical benefits to exercise, such as improved health and physical condition. But did you know that exercise can also help to manage stress?  

Physical work-outs can reduce your fatigue and improve your mental state, especially alertness and concentration. When your body is feeling better through the endorphins released during exercise, your mind also feels better! Oh, and exercise can also improve your ability to sleep! 

You don’t need to carve out hours a day to exercise either. The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of exercise each day, five days a week. There are multiple ways to be physically active, from walks to lifting weights. Start slow and build up more activity each day, and you’ll feel your stress levels fall!  

    4. Talk it Out

Just speaking to someone about what’s on your mind or stressing you out can actually reduce stress! Whether it be your friends, family, therapist, or classmates, discuss your problems. Additionally, if you’re worried about a common student stressor such as an upcoming test, speak to your instructor! Instructors at National Aviation Academy will be willing to help you understand a concept or theory during tutoring sessions or a one-on-one discussion. After all, your student life journey is all about becoming a successful aviation maintenance technician!  

The Student Services department is also all about assisting students in overcoming potential obstacles during their time at National Aviation Academy. They can help you look for part-time opportunities if you’re stressed about finances, or even transportation issues if you need to make it to class on time! Contact them directly and explain your situation; your stress may be something Student Services could help alleviate 

    5. Relaxation Techniques

Listen, it sounds extremely simple, but taking time for yourself helps to reduce stress. If you’ve never tried meditation before, it could make a key difference in boosting your mood. Even just a good breathing technique can put you into a relaxed state and calm your worries.  

Relaxation techniques don’t have to be practiced for very long, either. For example, another technique involved visualization. Basically, it’s the practice of taking a few minutes each day to visualize what you’d like to happen. Whether it be acing a test after studying, successfully meeting with an employer, or completing a project, creating a vivid image in your mind can help you to reach that goal and also reduce stress.  

People have different ways of relaxing, too. If you find that you’re more relaxed after reading a few chapters of a book or playing video games, do that! Give yourself time to do something that calms you down each day. After all, the stress of being a student can be difficult, so you deserve some time for yourself! 

Stop Letting Stress Weigh You Down 

Stressors that students endure can feel like a weight on your back that constantly gets heavier each day. Combating stress takes more than just having a positive attitude, but there are ways to fight back.  

From eating right to exercising, there are ways to physically help yourself become healthier while reducing stress! As far as the mind goes, practice relaxation techniques, or speak to someone about the worries you may have.   

You’re not alone. We all have problems with stress in our lives. Recognizing that you need to combating stress is a big step in breaking the cycle that burdens many. Stress can pile up, and it’s time to do something about it! 

At National Aviation Academy, we want you to look at the bigger picture. Instead of focusing on the things that might be a burden, visualize yourself graduating or securing that career you’ve always dreamed of! It’s time to make those dreams a reality. For more information on how you can become an aviation maintenance professional, please fill out the form below!