Description: As the winter term ends and papers come due and final exams approach it is not surprising that student stress levels, already high, are spiking upwards. What sort of a discipline would psychology be if it could not provide its students with some good grounded advice about how to deal with the stress. The article linked below provides a simple self administer procedure you can run through to address the level of stress being experience particularly in peak moments around the end of term.
Source: The mental trick you can use to get through any stressful situation, The Muse, USA Today College.
Date: April 13, 2016
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The typical advice offered to students in colleges and universities to the end of term usually involves a mix of suggestions to study harder, organize one’s time more efficiently, and perhaps least effectively, learn a lesson about how things are feeling this term so it doesn’t get so bad next term. Psychology ought to be able to do better than this. While of course psychology does have a lot to offer in the way of study tips memory strategies etc. psychology can also have something to say about how one can cope with stress in the moment. The article linked above refers to techniques based on currently rather hot topic in health and clinical psychology having to do with the general concept of mindfulness, or of becoming aware of one’s current psychological experience in taking steps to consciously manage it efficiently and effectively. So, read to the article and spend a few minutes practicing the steps they recommend so that when things really hit the fan in the middle of your upcoming final exams you have something that you can do besides panic.
Questions for Discussion:
- What are the key steps recommended within the linked article for dealing with peak stress moments?
- What is it about the suggest steps that might actually be helpful or in other words why might it actually work? (If you’re unsure have a look at the articles linked below for some possible connections).
- If you already have some techniques that you found helpful in the past for coping with stressful moments think about them for a minute in terms of how they relate to what suggested in the linked article. Have you been doing some sort of self-directed mindfulness therapy already?
References (Read Further):
Gu, J., Strauss, C., Bond, R., & Cavanagh, K. (2015). How do mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction improve mental health and wellbeing? A systematic review and meta-analysis of mediation studies. Clinical psychology review, 37, 1-12. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kate_Cavanagh/publication/272199129_How_do_Mindfulness-Based_Cognitive_Therapy_and_Mindfulness-Based_Stress_Reduction_Improve_Mental_Health_and_Wellbeing_A_Systematic_Review_and_Meta-Analysis_of_Mediation_Studies/links/54e4d3310cf29865c3353aa1.pdf
van der Zwan, J. E., de Vente, W., Huizink, A. C., Bögels, S. M., & de Bruin, E. I. (2015). Physical Activity, Mindfulness Meditation, or Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback for Stress Reduction: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Applied psychophysiology and biofeedback, 40(4), 257-268. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10484-015-9293-x/fulltext.html