Theme: Stress Tolerance
Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall. Confucius
eLearn Module: Stress Tolerance
Why this skill is important…
You are probably feeling the pressure as the semester is starting to ramp up and assignments and, and maybe, midterms are approaching. This can be so overwhelming! However, what I find is that student perceptions of their inability to cope or their fear of failing can make this time of year much worse. Worrying about failing can absolutely freeze you and cause you to procrastinate. The irony here is that the procrastination generally leads to failure….just getting started and producing something to hand in can lead to success.
Try to focus on getting assignments started, or even completed. Try to just produce something, even if you don’t think it is your best work…just get started. Often by producing something, you may surprise yourself and find that you end up with something that just needs to be edited a little bit. Try and shut off your over-analyzing mind and just produce something…read a chapter, make notes, start/complete an assignment…whatever it is, just get going without any evaluation of your ability or what you are writing. Even if you are not as successful as you would like on an assignment, at least you made the attempt. Now you have something to learn from and you haven’t fallen victim to procrastination. It is easier to rise from unsuccessful situations than it is to improve upon the perception that you can’t do it at all. Stress becomes more manageable as you work through the “to do” list. Get going and be nice to yourself!
Face your academic fears by keeping a balance this week!
If you are interested in further working on building your skill and strengths in the area of Stress Management, check out my Stress Tolerance Module in eLearn under “SuccessCoaching @ MohawkCollege”! You can always book an appointment with a counsellor for more personalized assistance by calling 905-575-2211 or at the Welcome Desk in “The Square” (C102) on the Fennell Campus.
Your Success Coach,
Heather Drummond, M.Ed. (Counselling)
Success Coach & Counsellor @ Mohawk College
Fennell Campus – “The Square” – C102