An international student faces lots of stressful situations due to several causes. The main reasons for international students being stressed is Homesickness & language barriers. Being away from home, separated from friends and family, even affects his/her ability to withstand various situations like academic demands, language problem & more.
First Signs of Stress
Being more stressed can lead to physical & psychological problems like:
- Dry Mouth
- Shortness of breath
How to deal with stress?
It becomes really important for scholars studying abroad to manage with stress so that it does not regard their fields or job life. Here are some tips to overcome stress.
- Ask yourself what you can do about the sources of your stress. Think through the pros and cons. Take action where you can.
- Think positive: Positive thinking doesn’t mean keeping your head in the sand forgetting about life’s less pleasant places. It’s all about how you approach unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. Always focus on good things to happen, not the worst.
- Meditation: is an effective form of stress reduction and has the potential to improve quality of life. It relaxes the mind and flushes out all negative thoughts.
- Exercise is a great stress-buster. It helps in improving the self-confidence lowering the signs of mild depression and anxiety.
- Healthy Diet: Eating nutritiously is the best means to fight stress. Do not rely on caffeine and alcohol to help against stress. Skipping meals also makes the stress, even worst. Take mealtime to relax and enjoy the flavour of the meals. A balanced diet with fruit and vegetables will give you good energy.
- Sleep: An 8 hours uninterrupted sleep is best to make you feel better and refreshed.