Stress Management for Students

“Mom, I’m, too sick to go to school today.” We joke about feigning illness to avoid school, but the illness is not always feigned. Stressors that students face each day can be just as detrimental as those faced by their parents. Yet stress management for students is not as readily available as is stress management for adults.

Charts purporting to show “who is affected by stress” list occupations. On a scale of 1 to 10, police officers rate 7.7 and teachers rate 6.2 – but students are not rated. “Student” is not considered an occupation. Online searchers type in a phrase such as “teachersjob + stress reduction” and get a fair response. Type in “stress management for students”, and the response is far less.

Too Sick to Go to School?

Stressors can and do make students sick. Stressors call forth the “fight or flight” response, and the body immediately prepares. It pours forth extra supplies of adrenalin for short-term survival. It puts functions like bowel activity on temporary hold. It redirects blood to muscles. It dilates the eyes’ pupils in order to detect slight movements. The heart speeds up its delivery of oxygen to muscles. All this and more occurs in a matter of moments so we can fight or “run like crazy”.

If the body prepares, and a student sits still, the body must undo its preparations. Lacking opportunity for stress management, it can become ill.

Sick Enough to Excel at School?

Most students find that eustress (good stress) is a positive aide in school. Certainly, too much stress causes some students to freeze during exams, but appropriate amounts of eustress can coax the best from students.

While stress management for students must be geared to specific stressors, some of them are actually eustress stressors – or could be.

Consider the following seven (7) stressors.

1. Academics: Academic pressure can be distress if it is allowed to become such. Through stress management, however, it can be eustress that urges to greater accomplishments. In this case, stress management for students demands building on academic successes. Awarding peak performance can encourage greater academic excellence.

2. Dating: Student life involves frequent focus on dating, so stress management for students will need to address both the eustress and distress of the dating game.

3. Environment: The school environment can be a distress if students are left to handle it on their own. Planned activities geared toward initial adjustment, and intermittent periods of relaxation can go far toward introducing eustress into your stress management for students.

4. Extracurricular: Many students naturally seek out extracurricular activities, and find them a source of eustress. Others feel pressured to engage in them, and suffer distress instead. Stress management for students requires careful selection of activities, and balance among these activities, school life, family life, and part-time jobs.

5. Peers: Peer pressure can be a source of eustress or distress, depending on how readily students give in to it. Students who want stress management will want to establish firm convictions, and stick to them.

6. Time Management: Stress management for students must address scheduling, since a lack in this area can impinge on most or all other areas of a student’s life. Easier for some than for others, a habit of carrying a daily planner and adhering to it can drain away much of the distress.

7. Parents: Sadly, parents themselves are to blame for a portion of student stress. It is well known that students, as they get older, seek greater degrees of independence from their parents. This is necessary if they are to become mature adults. At the same time, the struggle can causes great distress on both sides of the equation. If you want success from efforts at stress management for students, you will need to shine a spotlight on the eustress of the parent/student relationship.

Students can do much for their own stress management simply by eating a balanced diet and getting sufficient sleep. They can add to that by maintaining a schedule, including regular waking and sleeping hours.

The Best First Aid?

Exercise is probably one of the best means of stress management for students. It is also simple. When feelings of total helplessness hit, exercise feels like a helping hand. When students feel like striking out at anyone or anything near them, exercise redirects those feelings into appropriate channels. When students feel that their brains have stopped functioning, exercise can re-start the engines.

These 2 simple exercises provide first aid stress management for students.

1. Get up from your seat, walk briskly to a washroom, and splash your face with cold water. Splash it six or seven times, and include your eyes.

2. Leave your seat, and go for a five-minute walk. Consciously relax your muscles as you walk, and breathe deeply in and out – as deeply as you can without strain.

Long-term stress management for students should include a regular, daily exercise regime. Exercise tends to vent emotions like frustration and anger. Exercise also reduces the adrenaline triggered by distress, and produces endorphins that elevate eustress.

If you are a student, or are providing stress management for students, make regular exercise a priority.

An Overview of Aviation Fixed Base Operation Management

The aviation industry has been undergoing many changes in recent years. While the demand for services continues to increase, investors and asset owners are concerned about escalating costs of operation and aspects related to profitability. To understand aviation fixed base operation management better, it is important to understand the role of FBOs, also called Fixed Base Operators. In this post, we take a look at some of the basic aspects.

Understanding the work of FBOs

In simpler terms, Fixed-base operator (FBO) refers to an organization that has the necessary rights to provide core line services such as aircraft handling, hangaring and fueling at airports. These companies are important as they keep the wheels in motion for general aviation operators. At small municipal and small commercial airports FBOs manage almost everything related to aviation fixed base operation management.

While there may be any number of tenants at an airport, due to their provision of essential services such as fuel and operation of a general aviation passenger terminal, FBOs are generally considered anchor tenants. FBOs are usually the hub of activity and communication at a general aviation airport, and at commercial airports they serve as a hub for most non-commercial activity. FBOs usually also provide ancillary services tangential to terminal operations which include:

• Passenger lounges

• Flight planning and weather monitoring facilities

• Pilot’s lounges and rest/sleep areas

• Conference room facilities

• Arranging catering for the aircraft as well as other sundries such as coffee, beverages, reading materials, etc.

• Aircraft washing

• De-icing (where applicable)

• Arranging ground transportation

• Other services

They are typically classified as “Full Service” if they offer services beyond the core services of handling, fueling and hangaring of aircraft..

The need for outsourcing

With changing dynamics, outsourcing is a norm in almost any industry, and aviation is no different. Today, asset owners and financial institutions are driven by the need for efficiency and profitability. They don’t want to be bogged down by the weight of managing non-core divisions, when an efficient team can provide turn-key solutions for outsourced management. Outsourcing not only helps by increasing efficiency through the use of industry wide best practices, but it can also deliver materially higher customer satisfaction.

Seeking help

If you are considering professional management for your aviation portfolio, there are several important factors to keep in mind. First and foremost, you need to be sure that you have hired a team on the requisite direct experience to meet your needs. They should have prior experience of handling clients with similar requirements as yours and should have experience across various sizes and types of airports. Second, ensure the company provides you with a detailed management plan tailored to meet your needs. Third, ensure that the company can provide you with references who will attest to their prior work. This is the best way of ensuring you will receive the benefit of the experience you seek.

If you want to maximize the value of your aviation assets, consider hiring a professional management company for your FBO management and aviation management needs.

Time Management and Planning Tips

“I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.” ~Golda Meir

“Time is one thing that can never be retrieved. One may lose and regain friends. One may lose and regain money. Opportunity, once spurned, may come again. But the hours that are lost in idleness can never be brought back to be used in gainful pursuits” ~Winston Churchill

We all have the same amount of time in a day, no ifs ands or buts. Some people are able to get so much done in their days while others seem to flounder and barely get meals done. We all have 24 hours in a day, 7 days a week. What we do in those minutes, in those hours determines where our time goes, how our days are spent. Simple? Yes and no. What do others do with their time that allows them to get so much more done? What is the secret? I believe it involves planning.

Planning is the best time saver there is. Take time one day a week and look at what is coming up for you. Are there appointments that must be kept? Are there any birthdays, holidays, special activities, games and/or practices this week? Take notes, either mental or written of the things that you have to keep during the next week. Also, look ahead at things that are coming. You don’t want to wait until the week before something to take action for special events that are coming. If you have a birthday that is coming up for someone that is three weeks away, you can add some prep for the birthday this week. Now you can look ahead and schedule those things into your week this week. Even if you just bought some plates and streamers and candles for the birthday that is coming up, you are a little more prepared. It also doesn’t take such a big bite out of the money at once. By looking ahead and doing some simple planning, you aren’t leaving things for the last minute. This is something that those people who seem to be on top of things all the time do; they don’t leave things until the last minute and make sure they know what is coming up. They stay ahead of the game.

You can use an elaborate day planner system, printable calendar pages, a wall calendar, desk calendar, pocket calendar, etc., to do your planning. To be honest, I just use a very simple system right now. All appointments that we need to keep get wrote on one wall calendar. As soon as they are made or as soon as I know, I write them on that calendar. I also have a household notebook (also known as a household management notebook, family notebook and I am sure other names) where I do my planning. With 5 children, my dh’s birthday and our anniversary plus all of the holidays that come up, I need a place to keep ideas, suggestions, and plans for what is coming up.

Since I homeschool and stay home, my days aren’t full of outside activities or lots of meetings. I use a basic daily schedule and try to follow that as closely as I can. I have devotions, exercise, grooming, cleaning, cooking, meal prep, and of course schooling on my schedule. We don’t follow this exactly, on the dot, everyday. It is a guide to our day. You might need something different. What works for me might not work exactly for you and vice versa. A plan is a good idea for everyone no matter how busy or not busy we are. If you are a busy person with lots of meetings, a daily schedule probably isn’t going to work for you. A day planner of some sort would be a good idea where you can pencil in your meetings and various appointments. Your weekly planning session would be longer than mine but still very important for both of us. But, be flexible with your plan. Remember you are not a slave to your planner. It is there to serve you. If your time management system isn’t working, tweak it. I know I said a lot in these few paragraphs, but I feel that they are important if we want to get a hold on our time and make the most of it.

25 Time Management Tips:

1. Keep a time log. Take a piece of paper and fold in half. Write the hours you are awake on the paper. Now, write what you do during those hours. You are able to see where your time is going and what you are spending it on. This really helps you keep track of where your time is going. Do this whenever you feel like you can’t keep up with everything.

2. Know what your values are and live them. Who do you want to be? What do you want to do? Where do you want to go in life? Your life can feel miserable and empty if we aren’t living a life that flows with our values and priorities.

3. Learn to say no to what is not in your mission or your values. Many of us have yes syndrome. That is where we say yes to too many people when we know we should politely say no.

4. Do the best you can now. Focus on the moment, or focus on the task at hand (as a former Pastor I was under used to say). If you are working, focus on the work, get it done. Same as when you are relaxing. Focusing on the moment is a good habit to learn. Enjoy yourself now, no matter what it is that you are doing.

5. Forgive yourself for the past, don’t hold onto past mistakes. How often do we waste time for mistakes that we made in the past? If you can learn from it, then learn and let go. Not only is it freeing, now you aren’t wasting time by holding onto something you can’t change, you aren’t spending time worrying about it.

6. Listen to audio books while in the car. One thing that I would like to do is have a cd player in the van (yeah, it is a little behind the times) and put in audio books for all us to listen to. Those of you who can, use that time in the car to listen to books that you would like to read or when the kids are in the car, put in a family favorite audio book and enjoy a family read-aloud time while going down the road.

7. Use a planner. It can be a cheap homemade one, one purchased at Wal*Mart to an expensive one you ordered online. I use one that I made myself. It used a 3-ring binder and print paper. I have made this work for me

8. Get ready earlier than you think you need to. Leave earlier than you think you need to leave. How many of us put those things off until the last possible minute and then are rushing and stressed because we are going to be late? The concept is simple and should be relatively easy to implement. It will require you to make yourself conscious of what you are doing and why. This will result in less rushing around the house and yelling and a less stressful drive.

9. Us the time while you are on the phone to do something. You can clean out your purse, organize a drawer, straighten your desk, etc.

10. Make up a meal plan and follow it. Also, doing things ahead of time will cut down on frantic dinners and eating out. You can do something as simple as browning extra ground beef and freezing it to actually doing OAMC.

11. Create a before bed routine and actually follow it. This is a big morning rush saver. If you follow this one thing, you will see a big change in your morning. I have been doing this for years and love it.

12. Stop putting things off. Procrastination is a bad habit to get into and hard to get out of. People who are on top of things, aren’t late to appointments, have time to make meals for other families, reach out to neighbors, etc, are people who don’t procrastinate. Procrastination is a time stealer, joy robber and doesn’t let you have peace of mind. Do whatever it is that you have been putting off and you will feel better when it is done.

13. Reduce the amount of time you spend watching TV. The television set is a big time zapper. We use a device like a Tivo and also closely monitor what we allow into the house. With the Tivo, we are able to watch a show that we like whenever we have time and skip all of the commercials.

14. If you need to call someone who really talks, call when you know you might be able to get off the phone quickly. An example would be, around meal time and late in the day. Also, if you don’t need to speak to them directly, you can always call when they aren’t home and leave a message on their answering machine.

15. Use your body clock. When are you most productive? When are you the least productive? Plan the items that require the most energy from you when you have the most energy. And the same with your least energetic time of day. I am least energetic at night so I try to not do much then. That means that I need to get as much done before then.

16. With your priorities in mind, make a checklist of things you want to accomplish each day. Glance over your goals each day and then prioritize your list.

17. Clean your desk off at the end of the day. Put everything away, and when you go to it the next day, everything is properly organized and straightened. Who likes to start a day amidst a mess?

18. Keep a calendar at your desk. I have one hanging above my desk but have also used a desk calendar. Right important dates on there and appointments. Now you can see what is coming up at a quick glance.

19. Don’t put it down, put it away. One of the reason we have so many paper piles is because, well, we pile it. All junk should go immediately in the trash. Mail should have a place to go, and only keep what is needed. Have a designated area for paper and make sure it gets there.

20. Continually reevaluate your system. If something is working, toss it. If you see that someone does something differently, give it a try. Read books on the subject and change what you think will work. Nothing is written in concrete, it can be changed, adapted whenever needed.

21. Once a week clean out your purse and organizer.

22. Always put away whatever you are using when you are done with it. We waste so much time looking for things because we didn’t put them away when were finished with them. Have a place for your keys, purse, cell phone, etc.

23. Delegate! This is something that we should be doing. When a mother does all of the household duties, she isn’t delegating enough. This isn’t meant to say that we shouldn’t do work, but when we are picking up after everyone, doing everything for every meal, all parts of laundry chores, etc. then we are doing too much by ourselves. Two or more people can accomplish more than one can.

24. Believe in yourself. We are more times than not, our own worst enemy. I know you have heard this before, if you don’t believe in you, who will?

25. Let go of perfectionism. Not everything has to be done perfectly and some things are out of your control.

“You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.” ~Charles Burton

“Everything becomes different when we choose to take control rather than be controlled. We experience a new sense of freedom, growth and energy.” Dr. Eric Allenbaugh