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On Becoming A Dietitian (And My Stress Management Tips)

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Academic things have become stressful this semester due to the pressure our professors have been giving to us. I don’t blame them. Actually, I am excited and challenged with how things are happening at the moment. I actually wished for this! There were those times that I felt not that challenged with my course, and I so I wished for some challenge cause I believe through it I will improve and learn.

So, although there are times that it’s getting annoying especially when your efforts aren’t enough to meet the expectation of your professors or when you are tasked to do something yet at the end your professor would tell you’ve done it the wrong way  as if they provided a complete instruction and the do’s and don’ts…. I remain patient.

This article isn’t to rant about anything but about how I manage the academic stress these days. How I manage to still do the things I love to do despite the load of assignments my professors are assigning us.

Control who and what is surrounding you 

Your life is like a teacup and if you keep on loading it with too many things, it will spill. You can’t put too many things in it and enjoy it. So, if you fill it wrong people and wrong things, there will be no space for good people and good things.The wrong things and people bring all types of stress. The right people and things bring joy and contentment. Choose who and what you allow to get your attention.

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Be good to yourself

Allow yourself to have a quality time by doing what you love to do. You need to treat yourself gently so it won’t betray you at the end. Yes! Based on my experience, people betray themselves when they deprive themselves of their right to do what they love. Don’t overdo things! Don’t pressure yourself. Let your professors alone  do that on you.

Exercise your body

If you need a happiness and anti-stress drug, have a workout! Exercise  releases endorphins, which have been shown to improve one’s mood, making it a great way to deal with stress.

Don’t procrastinate

If you are given a task, don’t neglect it. It’s your obligation to do what is assigned to you. If possible, complete it before the deadline and so you may enjoy the time later without rushing yourself. To avoid procrastination, prioritize which is more important. Do those things that are important and later you may do those things that don’t need a deadline. Do your academic assignments first, before doing any other tasks. If you need a break, have it. But, don’t forget to complete your task.

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Feed yourself and avoid poisoning your body

Surely, your mind has been polluted with ideas about what a healthy diet looks like and what proper nutrition really is.  Some say that less carb is healthy, while others say less fat is. But, what really is a healthy diet? Balanced diet. It’s not about depriving yourself of your favorite food.  Learn more about what things called trans fat, MSG, low fat prepared food, tap water, caffeine, sugar are doing to your body. Malnutrition causes stress in your body so get the right information and make great choices!

Najmah is a 23 year old Filipino Muslim, Clinical Nutritionist and Med student. Born and raised in Saudi Arabia. Living in the Philippines since 2010. By Najmah contains posts about her life lessons, personal excellence and journey to becoming a doctor. You can also find her blogging on The Muslim Bricks

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  1. Kai Darul

    September 11, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Very nice reminders sis. I pray that Allah SWT makes university easy for you. Hugs!

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