Properly dealing with stress at work or school is a thread between success or failure! Take these helpful tips into consideration, and simplify your life. It's easy!
Self-Compassion. Cut yourself some slack, admit your mistakes and stop expecting extraordinary things to happen. We're just human, and we make errors, it's not a crime! Step back, take a breather, think what you did wrong, and what you can do better. When things get too much at work, school, relationships etc. It's advised to let yourself down easy, you'll be more successful this way.
Take a little break to do something interesting! Recent research indicates that doing something interesting for 5/10 minutes between boring or tiring tasks can replenish your energy and increase your focus. So when things get overwhelming read a little article on a theme you find interesting to increase your focus, or play Sudoku to give your brain a lift. Even going for a lunch break to a unique location, checking out an antique store or watching a little street performance will help you keep going through the day.
Acknowledge small wins. Taking time to reflect on what you've already accomplished on your way to the goal is sure to boost confidence and help you keep going!
Adopt a Get-Better mindset. People often expect to do things good, and end up comparing themselves to others who say worked in that field for a longer time, or studied this subject at home e.t. making them obviously better at certain things. Eventually comparison turns into self doubt, and increases the chances of failing. By thinking of your work or studies as a learning process you'll drastically decrease stress, and ultimately do better!
What works for you Optimism or Defensive-Pessimism? Find what motivates you and follow that. Some people are motivated by maximizing gains (optimists), which shows as enthusiasm, and some are motivated by avoiding danger and fulfilling responsibilities (defensive-pessimists), such as not loosing the job, and being diligent. So don't go against your nature by implementing the wrong motivational style into your work, feel what is right for you!
Follow Routines. One of the most stressful things is having to make a lot of decisions, so in order to ease your life, routinize the things you need to do, based on importance, and consistency. Pick the same time for things you need to do every day, and prioritize everything else. Routine alone can give us a big chunk of our energy and sanity back.
Make a What-When list. It can be very stressful crossing things off your to do list, and often some get skipped and eventually not done. There's a great way to deal with this and make your life more managable. The What-When list tells you when you will do a certain action, making your subconscious aware and even when your busy, your more likely to remember to do it. For example "When it's 2 pm I will run 15 minutes" or "When it's 5 pm I will call my parents".
Keep an If-Then connection in mind. Stress is mainly self caused. Of course having a deadline, or an overwhelming amount of things to do will cause you to worry, but there's a way to decease emotional response to stressors. You can either think it, or write yourself some notes and put them where you can see them, saying things like " If I see a deadline for my class project I will remain calm and take the time to do it " or " If my boss tells me off I will listen and learn form his constructive criticism ". These phrases will once again influence your subconscious and make your reactions to stressors healthier.
Always remember the Big Picture. Thinking positive is a great way to deal with any life situations, and when it comes to career or health linking small actions such as "staying an extra hour at work" to the big (benefits you get out of the action) picture, such as "This will improve your discipline, and help your overall career success" or "If you walk an extra few steps from your car to the grocery store, it will get you closer to a healthier you!" is a very helpful tool. So everything you do matters, and small choices become the Big Picture :-)