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Stress Management
by Sonal Khandelwal
level of stress. This can be done by Working on your strengths Planning your strategy Managing your weaknesses by regular practice. 2. Prioritise work Rank activities according to their importance. Perform them in the same order. 3. Exercise Exercise is a good strategy to fight stress. It keeps us fit and alert, enabling us to fight stress better. 4. Relaxation Relaxation is the best strategy to reduce stress. Relaxation helps you detach yourself from work and studies. Long study hours may cause a lot of stress and fatigue. The right relaxation technique can vary from person to person and may include listening to soothing music, meeting friends and reading something light. 5. Diet A balanced diet is very vital for combating stress. A poor diet weakens the immune system. Also, it causes loss of concentration. A healthy body is a must for a healthy mind. 6. Sleep Proper sleep is ver y important to fight stress. Sleeplessness may impair concentration, lead to frustration and fan anger. Sleep for at least 7 hours for the sake of a relaxed, rejuvenated and creative mind, which is the best weapon to conquer CAT. 7. Laughter Laughter is indeed the best medicine to re-energise oneself and to banish stress. Laughter helps to release feel-good hormones, which de-stress a person. 8. Be proactive A lot of stress can be avoided by being proactive in dealing with stress. Proper time management helps to avoid stress. Set achievable goals suited to your calibre. 9. Practise relaxation techniques Techniques like meditation, yoga and prayer help to motivate, improve concentration and encourage positive and clear thoughts. Test takers can practice one or some of these techniques in the morning or during the day. Meditation, in particular, is a proven stress-buster. 10. Solve the little problems Develop the skill to calmly look at a problem, figure out options and take action. If you feel capable of solving little problems from your area of strength, it can build inner confidence and make it easier to achieve bigger goals. It can serve you well in times of stress. Develop these attitudes to keep a stressful situation at bay: Think of change as challenging. See problems as temporar y and solvable. Build strong relationship with family, friends and faculty members. They will always guide you. Have a support system, ask for help. Make time for relaxation. Be cool under pressure. This resilience will help you in being optimistic and positive. Believe in yourself! Let a little positive stress motivate you into taking positive action to reach your goal. Even if you do not to reach your goal, do not panic. Remember tough times never last, but tough people do. With proper stress management youll surely be a winner! All the best!
The article has been written by Centre Director, PT Alwar Centre

o you feel there are too many pressures and demands on you?

Stress is a dynamic condition in which an individual is confronted with opportunities, constraints or demands. It is related to what the individual desires and the outcome is perceived to be both uncertain and important. This is particularly true for you test takers as CAT offers a tremendous opportunity along with individual constraints and demands. Whenever the body performs activities outside its capabilities or when a person faces extraordinary demands, as during the preparation for CAT, stress arises. Stress can be positive or negative. Positive stress is called eustress. It triggers the bodys alarm system, enhances attention and improves performance. It keeps you on your toes. Negative stress or distress has a negative effect on physical and mental health. It causes problems like sleeplessness, depression and eating disorders. The tremendous pressure of competition in CAT may cause stress. Stress is the result of not doing the proper things at proper time or mismanagement of time. Optimum utilisation of time requires a planned schedule, so that the important activities get maximum attention.

Coping with stress

1. Reducing uncertainty While preparing for CAT, reduce the uncertainty factor that causes high