Posted on November 01, 2018
With exam season approaching, it’s not just students who are stressed out – this time of the year brings with it challenges for staff too. It’s a time when everything seems to be upon you: marking exam scripts, finalising NRF reports and reconciling budgets, ensuring all completed postgraduate theses and dissertations are ready for marking or finalised for autumn graduations. Tukkievaria asked the Employee Well-being Programme (EWP) for a few simple tips to help you manage your stress levels.
Most stress experienced at this time of the year is deadline driven and unavoidable. But there are several strategies that can help you to cope better. “A healthy lifestyle, plenty of sleep, good time management skills, and having an organised home and workplace will all help to deal effectively with stress,” says Dr Rina Buys. “If you aren’t able to attend stress workshops, try meditation, relaxation techniques and deep breathing exercises to help you learn to relax. These methods do work when practised regularly.” If you experience severe physical and emotional symptoms, be sure to seek expert advice, cautions Dr Buys.
The EWP recommends the following general tips to help you manage stress over the long term:
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