First few weeks in bootcamp was a bit of shock. The amount of knowledge and the speed is exciting and scary at the same time. This can make it hard to find a moment to breathe.

Do you struggle with anxiety or stress? Don’t know what you can do to stop worrying? Are you overwhelmed with tasks or feeling lost? Most of us feel stress and excitement while making life-changing decisions. The reason for that is hesitance whether we will manage, or the decision made was the right one?

Whether we know the answer to these questions or not, we must remember how harmful stress is for us. Particular in the process of adapting new skills and knowledge.

We all know the effects of stress. One of many is the problem with concentration or memory, and these are necessary in the learning process.

I am going to share with you my tips on how to stay focus and reduce stress .

  1. Keep Yourself Organized.

Managing time is very helpful to minimize stress and anxiety. Therefore it makes the learning process not overwhelming. If you know exactly what you have to do in a day, your mind will not have chance to be distracted.

  • Be prepared for lectures. Eat breakfast before studying, prepare some snacks if you know you will get hungry. Have bottle of water next to you (not next to computer). Reduce the time where you have to go to the kitchen and prepare some snack.
  • Schedule breaks, every hour take a 5 min break to take a deep breath, and stretch your legs. Every few hours take a break for meals or get out of house to get some fresh air. Do not underestimate the importance of breaks! That’s how your brain puts together the information you have absorbed.
  • Have a “to do” list. It could be a plan what you want or have to do. Homework, review video form lecture, working on your project. Try to mix them. One video in the morning, few hours on project (also with “to do” list), and in the evening work on homework. Your brain will be grateful for not overwhelming it.

2. Leave your phone in other room!

That’s a time-killer, and time is the most valuable now:)

3. Sleep.

Remember to get enough sleep. Again — it’s incredibly important to let your brain collect all the information and rest! The best way is to have a consistent sleeping schedule.

4. Stay active.

Find time to get some fresh air every day. Wake up a little earlier and go for jog, or skip an hour of your tv show and go for an evening walk. There are hundreds of benefits of staying active, for example: it curbs mental stress, keeps your mind and heart healthy. No excuses!

5. Don’t fix what’s not broken!

If you have system, which is working for you, don’t change it. What is working for you may not work for others, what works for others may not work for you.

Personally, I also recommend meditation and relaxation. Problems with solving problems and passing LABs costs frustration. In those moments is beneficial to take a break and take a breath. Relax and go back to study relaxed.

SOFTWARE ENGINEER — WEB DEVELOPER WITH HEART FOR FRONT-END, MINIMALISM AND RASMENTALISM.