Peer assisted learning support teams help students reduce stress

Ross Lopes
Life Reporter

Humber College offered students the chance to help manage their stress in a workshop run by the peer-assisted learning support team.

“Today, more than 30 per cent of first year students report frequently feeling overwhelmed, which is double the rate of what it was in 1985,” said stress management presenter Zamin Mohsin at the Nov. 30 event.

Humber student Mackenzie Girdler said because of the new condensed school curriculum, implemented after the end of the strike, caused her to feel more stressed than she would normally.

“The projects are being worth more, making me feel like I’m not going to get a good mark,” she said. “I feel like I’m going to fail.”

Stress can come in both positive and negative forms, Mohsin said.

The positive form can help improve motivation and efficiency, whereas the negative form can cause unpredicted anxiety and led to physical illness.

“Stress is inevitable, you can’t avoid it,” he said. “You will experience it in your life, but the important thing is learning how to manage it.”

One of the ways Girdler manages her stress is by taking breaks when she is doing her homework or assignments, which helps space out the material instead of doing it in one whole chuck all at once.

Another strategy she uses is not doing her homework at home.

“If I am home, I am stressing that I won’t get it done in time or won’t have enough time to finish,” Girdler said. “When I’m in a school environment, I feel more productive.”

Other general strategies students can use are not to stress about unnecessary stuff, adapt to the stressor and prepare for it, accept the things one can’t change, adapting to a healthy lifestyle, and to give time for leisure activities, Mohsin said.

“Remember to have fun and enjoy your life,” she said.

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