Azeez Oluwadamilola

The last time I talked with my friends, we came to a conclusion that stress is a compulsory six-unit course in UI that must be done every semester by all students. It is indeed a major part of our school life.

The Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (8th edition) defines stress as pressure or worry that is caused by problems in somebody’s life. It is also a feeling of emotional or physical tension. Stress can be positive if it helps you react to danger or meet deadlines.

As students, apart from the stress from life in general, we are also faced with school stress. School stress is induced through strict schedules, deadlines, low grades, challenging classes, examination, strict or hard to please lecturers, poor time management, poor grades, etc. other things that might cause stress in the life of a student include; financial challenges, relationship, dissatisfaction, etc.

When stress is allowed to build up or left unchecked, it can have negative effect on our academic, social life, relationships and overall health. It could lead to depression, restlessness, irritability or anger, lack of motivation and focus, etc. It can also cause serious health challenges such as heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure etc.

At this juncture, it is pertinent to say that we must not shy away from stress; rather we must learn how best to manage it.


Good time and resources management: Manage your time well, don’t over sleep, and don’t spend all your time doing things that are unprofitable.

Be optimistic and worry less.

Avoid procrastination: Do what you must do immediately. Don’t leave anything hanging in the air.

A step at time: Do not be in a hurry unnecessarily.

Balance: learn to balance every aspect of your life; studies, fellowship, social gatherings etc.

Exercise: Exercise regularly

Interest: Do something you love doing often as a way of relaxing.

Practice relaxation technics such as deep breathing, meditation, yoga etc.

In conclusion, the semester is almost coming to an end, pressure is mounting gradually. However, in the midst of all these, you must keep your head up, be calm and get ready for your tests and examinations.

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