Learn to deal with stress

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 19 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 December, 2007, 12:00am

Recently, I had problems with my studies. Even though I tried to be optimistic, I felt bad after getting poor grades at school.

This made me think hard about my situation.

I hadn't used any mathematical formulas or graphic ideas, but opted for logical thinking when I did my work.

I tried to pinpoint the reasons why I failed and I want to share some of my ideas with the readers.

Even though I was stressed by my poor marks, I hadn't thought of committing suicide.

The pressure can be a burden, but it can never hurt me. The way I see it, the more pressure I get, the more I perform. This is how I deal with pressure.

I recommend listening to music to help cope with the pressure. Afterwards, you will feel more relaxed and the stress will slowly 'melt away'.

Kelvin Kung Ki-fung, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chen Yiu Memorial College

From the Editor

Thanks for your letter and for sharing your feelings, Kelvin. At some time or other, we will all face stressful situations in our lives. You would have to live in a bubble to avoid any stress at all - and that would be very boring.

Notice that I say stressful situations, rather than stress. Because it is up to us how we respond to pressure. Some people cope better than others, and those who do are invariably people who have come up with strategies that work for them.

I'm glad that you, Kelvin, have found ways of coping with your stress. Your letter is helpful to others not only in your suggestions, but in letting others know that they are not alone. We will all go through stressful times - it's important to remember that we are never alone.

Kate, Editor