Friday, 4 May 2018

I want to welcome both the returning and all our fresh students for the 2017/18 academic session. I want to congratulate the returning students on their success of the last session’s exams and also rejoice with the fresh students on their admission to the Distance Learning Institute; University of Lagos. The start of the year is always a special time for students particularly the D.L.I students. I wish to take this opportunity to share with you an important topic which is Stress management.
In trying to cope with academic, family and work you may experience stress at some. As students; who combines work and study, events come up almost daily in your work place that can result in undue stress which can affect you if you do not learn how to schedule your time and manage your activities properly. You should note that there are different categories of stress. These categories of stress have different effect on individuals.  Low level stress may not be noticeable; mild ones may be tolerable while high ones can be harmful and even lead to chronic disease. Students are one of the most common victims of stress. Factors like financial expenses, over commitment, family expectations and workload all can induce stress. Practical stress management can help students deal with their worries and become more productive, competent and effective. Here are a few tips for managing stress

Managing Time: Proper time management is one of the most effective stress relieve technique, as D.L.I student, you need to manage your time; plan to attend study centre meeting, do your assignment on L.M.S and also cater for family needs.
Stay positive: Try to manage a positive attitude and look at ways to improve the next time. Change negative thoughts.
Stop Procrastinating: The best way to stop procrastinating is to get the most difficult task out of the way first .Do not wait until exam time before reading.
 Do Something You Love: If you feel extremely stressed out, take a break and do something you love. All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.  Also working too hard and worrying too much can lead to burn out.
Exercise:  Daily work of 30 minutes can help relieve stress but it’s even better to work out intensively.
Healthy Diet: Eating fresh vegetables and lots of fruits is really important .Juices filled with Vitamin C such as orange and grape fruit juice are said to be good for the immune system and can help with stress.
Stress is a silent killer and is no respecter of persons; however it can be controlled and managed. I wish you a stress free academic session.

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