Study Smart: 14 Tips To Take You From Study Stress To Study Success

By Lachlan Haynes

Feeling burnt out? Feeling tired? Feeling stressed? Feeling like no matter how hard you try you just can't get the grades you want? Well it's time to turn that frown upside down and change all your problems into awesome possibilities!

Below are 14 tips that can turn your study stress into study success in only a few minutes!

1. Create goals for yourself. Write down your goals and include everything you want to achieve this year and all the years that follow. Then look at your goals every day so that you know them off by heart. If you don't know what you want you will never be motivated to take action!

2. Identify obstacles that stand in your path. Figure out those things that are preventing you from achieving your goals - and then remove them from the picture. Don't allow time-wasters (like video games) and energy-suckers (like hopeless friends) to steer you off on a path you don't want. Know what you want.

3. Define the actions required and then figure out which ones come first. What will have the most impact right now? What will create the biggest difference straight away? Figure out which actions are the lifeblood of your goals and do them first.

4. Give your actions a priority. Now that you know what you need to do to get what you want it's time to give those actions a priority. Which actions need to happen straight away? Which ones can you hold off on for a week or a month? Whatever you do, make sure you are taking action. The difference between success and failure is more times than not simply take some action. So do something!

5. Imagine how successful you are going to be. Focus your thought on your success. Think about all the achievements you are going to have. Think about what it will mean to you when you reach your goals. Focus only on that. Can you taste it?

6. Create some affirmations and constantly read them. Make sure you have your affirmations written down so that you can look at them at any time. Never forget what you stand for and what you want.

7. Learn how to breathe and stretch. Yes, we all know how to breathe! But what matters is breathing for the purpose of relaxation. Does it get you into a Zen state of calm? Stretching also helps move the blood around and get you feeling good. So breathe, stretch and repeat. Always repeat. And don't forget to rinse!

8. Read and watch. Find someone (or many people!) you want to be like. Then read their books and watch their YouTube videos. Engage with them in any way you can. Listen to them. Do what they do. You don't need to reinvent the wheel to be a success, just do as successful people do. That's being smart.

9. Love every minute. There is no point "existing". You need to "live". What does it mean to live? It means loving what you're doing - at all times. Now, it's hard to get excited about school or work each day, there is no question about that, but your life is short and you need to enjoy it. You need to make each day count. Love your life.

10. Associate with those that succeed. If you spend time with blobs you will become a blob too. You need to surround yourself with people that want more from life. Surround yourself with people that have big dreams and even bigger motivation levels. They will drag you with them and help take you where you really want to go.

11. Become a water drinker. Our brains are 75% water. You can only survive a few days without water before you will die. Waters rids our bodies of disease. Water converts food to energy. Water protects you from sickness. 90% of your blood is water. Water is truly a potent weapon! So start drinking lots of it - every day! It's not that hard.

12. Eat smaller means and eat them more often. We all like to eat don't we? Well, most people do anyway. You only have to look around to see how much the world loves eating. But three meals a day isn't quite right. Instead, have 6 meals a day and make them smaller - and healthier. Your body will continually burn the food and won't store it as fat. You're also less likely to become overweight or obese. More meals and less fat? Winning!

13. Reduce your consumption of the four fatal stimulants. Coffee, cigarettes, alcohol and sugar are a perfect storm - for illness and disease! If you want to die a young and painful death then knock yourself out. Most people don't really want that - but it doesn't mean they don't consume dangerous things. You wouldn't give cigarettes, coffee, alcohol or loads of sugar to your pet, so why do you consume them? Do you have more respect for your pet than yourself? Weird.

14. Tense and relax. Tense and relax. Ah! Feel better? Apparently tensing all of your muscles and then relaxing them boosts your immune system and cleans your lymphatic system. What's that? Who cares! Still good for you. Tense and relax, tense and relax. I'm so relaxed right now.

The reality is that you - and you alone - have the ability to determine your future. You can decide to do nothing and change nothing and get the same results you've always gotten. Or you can change a few little things up and make a big difference to your results. Learn the strategies and take massive action every day. Nothing else is required. Good luck!

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