Riding the Waves of Stress: How to Stay Afloat in Turbulent Times

Stress is a fact of life, and it can be overwhelming at times. For PhD students, there are many stressors that can be challenging to manage. But just like riding the waves of the ocean, we can learn to navigate through it and stay afloat. Here are some tips to help me ride the waves of stress and come out on top.

Accepting the Wave

When we first encounter stress, our natural reaction is to resist it. However, fighting against it only makes it worse. Instead, we can learn to accept the wave and ride it out. This means acknowledging the stress and understanding that it’s a natural part of life. By doing this, we can reduce the power that stress has over us and gain control.

Find Your Balance

Just like riding a surfboard, finding balance is crucial when it comes to dealing with stress. We need to find a balance between our work, personal life, and leisure activities. When we focus too much on one area, it can throw us off balance and make us feel overwhelmed. Finding a balance that works for us is essential in reducing stress levels.

Take Control

When we’re feeling stressed, it’s easy to feel like things are out of control. However, we can take control of the situation by making small changes. This could mean setting boundaries at work, saying ‘no’ to extra responsibilities, or taking time for self-care. By taking control of the situation, we can reduce our stress levels and feel more empowered.

Stay Mindful

Stress can cause us to lose touch with the present moment, which can make it difficult to stay focused and productive. Mindfulness can help us stay centered and focused, even in the midst of turbulent times. This could mean practicing meditation, deep breathing exercises, or simply taking a few minutes each day to focus on the present moment. By staying mindful, we can reduce our stress levels and improve our overall well-being.


Riding the waves of stress can be challenging, but it’s not impossible. By accepting the wave, finding balance, taking control, and staying mindful, we can reduce our stress levels and come out on top. Remember, stress is a natural part of life, but it doesn’t have to control us. With these tips, we can navigate through the waves of stress and stay afloat.

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