Good morning, principal, teachers and friends. First of all, I would like to
welcome all the new students who have joined residential school and hope you are
enjoying your new life here. As it may be the first time you are away from home,
I am sure you are feeling the stress of this new life, especially managing
things all by yourself. Therefore I am taking this opportunity to give you a few
tips on how to keep your stress in check and how to relax when things get to be
too much. At any given point in time, most students are stressed about
something. But don't worry - it is just part of going to residential school
where you have to be independent and cope with things on your own.
having stress in your life is normal and often unavoidable, being stressed is
something you can control. There are several things you can do to overcome this.
First of all, make sure you get enough sleep. Your sleep schedule is, most
likely far from ideal now, so getting more sleep can help your mind refocus,
recharge and re-balance. This can mean a quick nap before study hours, a night
when you go to bed early, or a promise to yourself to stick with a regular sleep
schedule. Sometimes, one good night's sleep can be all you need to feel charged
and energetic once again.
At the same time, you should eat healthy foods. Just like your sleep habits,
your eating habits too, may have changed when you came here, especially as you
have to follow a new schedule and a new diet. Think back on what and when you
had eaten over the past few days. You may think your stress is psychological,
but it could just be physical stress if you are not fuelling your body
appropriately. So, on outing days, get something balanced and healthy: fruit and
vegetables, whole grains and protein. Starting your day with breakfast is
necessary - don't ever go to class on an empty stomach. That spells trouble and
illness! Studies were conducted in which students were asked to perform tasks
after either having eaten or not eaten breakfast. Much evidence pointed out to
improvements in learning and memory, and general well-being.
Next, get some exercise. You may think that if you don't have the time to
sleep and eat properly, you definitely don't have the time to exercise. However,
don't worry about this. You have extra-curricular activities and games where you
can let off your steam and lessen stress. If needs be, you can go for a relaxing
30-minute walk while listening to your favorite music and even take a power nap
during rest time. I assure you, you will definitely feel much better. And during
weekends, you can play games with your friends.
Another thing is to cultivate friends - socialize and have some fun. If you
have been working on some projects or coursework for 3 straight days, then you
could be extremely stressed because you are focusing too much on getting things
done. Don't forget that your brain is like a muscle, and even that needs a break
every once in a while! So have fun with your friends -play games with them,
crack jokes or watch a movie on television with them. You will be building the
social side of your character that will help you when you leave school.
Fellow students, learn to relax yourselves. The body's natural antidote to
stress is called the relaxation response. It's your body's opposite of stress
and it creates a sense of well-being and calm. Ensure you stay relaxed by
incorporating time into your schedule for activities that are calming and
pleasurable: reading a good book or making time for a hobby.
Of course, don't be afraid of getting a little help if you need it. It can be
hard to ask for help, and your friends may not know how stressed out you are.
Nevertheless, most students are going through the same things at the same time,
so don't feel shy to vent your frustrations for 30 minutes over coffee with a
friend. It will help you refocus and make you realize that the things you are so
stressed about are actually quite manageable. Alternatively, you can see the
counselor who will be only too glad to listen to your woes. Keep the lines of
communication open, especially to somebody you can trust.
Try to solve your everyday problems can give you a sense of control. Develop
skills to calmly look at a problem, figure out options and take some actions
towards a solution. Feeling capable of solving little problems builds the inner
confidence to move on to life's bigger ones and it can also serve you well in
times of stress.
Another important thing is watch what you are thinking. Your outlook,
attitude and thoughts influence the way you see things. A healthy dose of
optimism can help you make the best of stressful circumstances. Try to be
positive and learn acceptance. Accept that there are things in life that are
beyond your control. It is pointless to dwell on the negative experiences and
poor results but more fruitful to plant positive thoughts as new seeds of the
mind. If you were unhappy yesterday, unhappy today, there is a certain
unhappiness awaits you tomorrow. All in all you will only cause much stress to
It is amazing what laughter can do for us. Laughter has a two-step action on
the physical body: step one, it stimulates; step two, it relaxes. During
laughter, the body is stimulated and exercised; after laughter, the body relaxes
and calms itself. Your laughter may help you feel better and put that spring
back in your step.
Finally, residential school can be overwhelming. But you must get your
perspective right. You should always remember the reason why you are here:
academics. No matter how exciting your co-curricular life is, you cannot enjoy
any of it if you don't pass your examinations. So, make sure to keep your eye on
the prize, and then head out and change the world ! Thank you.