Combatting worry!

As the community enter the forthcoming exam period stress levels begin to rise. Has all that good planning and good practice paid off. We shall soon see. So why not take heart from the following observations.

 

Worry can be a useful spur to action. Excessive worry can also be very destructive.

The following suggestions are some ways in you might combat it:

 

  • Talk about it.
  • Formalise it as a problem to solve by writing it down on paper.
  • Put it into perspective by comparing it to the worst that could happen.
  • work out the probabilities.

 

However, research shows that:

 

  • 40% never happened
  • 35% could be changed
  • 15% had outcomes better than expected
  • 8% were trivial
  • 2% were legitimate worries!

 

Conclusion:

 

  • Accept what you cannot change
  • Live one day at a time.
  • Schedule your worry time.
  • Do something for someone else.
  • Avoid self-medication.

 

Thought for the day will return over the exam period, but this year it will be different. It will also come from members. The ups and downs of this role. Some will make you weep, others will make laugh and smile!

 

And remember, all those students you have responsibility for, who may never know your true value, but will be so thankful, you were there, supporting them, whatever the system throws at them, and you!