Feeling stressed about your studies? Look at the bigger picture

Is the stress of a high workload, late night cramming, and important exams getting to you? You may not have the bigger picture in mind. Keep your stress in check by recognising the reasons for your studies and what they will help you to achieve one day.

Finding the bigger picture

You probably didn’t choose your college course for no reason. There is a good chance that you had a career path in mind, and a vision of what you want to be one day. This image is your big picture, and should be what continues to motivate you when the stress of your studies starts to feel overwhelming.

Your own bigger picture may be based on different priorities to those of the person next to you. You might want financial security for yourself and your family, or the opportunity to make your hobby a full-time job. When creating the big picture that will be a guiding light throughout your studies, think carefully about what your main priorities are.

Your big picture aligns closely with your ultimate career goals. When choosing a college course, studying your coursework, or reviewing your progress, you should always have these goals in mind.

Read these 4 tips for achieving your career goals.

There is an even bigger picture to consider: your studies are only one part of your life. Your family, friends, and personal values are probably more important to you, and are often a huge source of comfort in stressful times.

Using the bigger picture to prevent stress

You should view your education as an important stepping stone towards achieving your ultimate career goals. But when you’re feeling stressed out about your studies, take a deep breath, sit back, and reflect on the bigger picture:

Remember that every big, long-term goal needs to be broken down into smaller, more easily reachable goals. View every study session as another small goal that will take you just that little bit closer to your ultimate career goals.

Remind yourself that your career goals will often only require you to pass your course, so in most cases, you don’t have to worry about finishing top of your class. On your CV, you’ll only list the qualification that you completed; employers are unlikely to ask you what your marks were.

Remember that there are often alternative ways to reach your career goals. Activities such as volunteering, networking, and job shadowing could all be extremely helpful to start you on your path. Read why you don’t need a degree to succeed.

If you really feel like you won’t be able to get on top of your work and that you’re going to fail your course, then you shouldn’t feel like it’s the end of the world. Studying is only one part of your life, and you always have the chance to try again.

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