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Managing MBA Panic and Anxiety

It’s widely known that obtaining an MBA degree can bring a lot of stress at all stages. Business school applications, reviewing for exams, doing projects and finding jobs tend to make an impact on your mental well-being. Reet Sen, a Hult International Business School alumni (class of 2015), knows it all too well.

According to Sen, he was positively overwhelmed by panic and anxiety when exams were looming over him. He always wanted to be top of the class, to make a lot of useful contacts and take part in different extracurriculars and events. Additionally, he felt he could not complain in front of his classmates and faculty.

Reet Sen is not the only one who felt like this when taking their master’s degree in business administration. A report written for Financial Times by Virginia Matthews discusses stress problems MBA students are having in considerable length.

A Tendency to Be Concerned With

In 2014 and 2015, no less than 1,180 British students left university because of mental health problems, Higher Education Statistics Agency says in its report. According to Poets and Quants, this is more than four times the amount in 2009 and 2010.

Andrew Main Wilson from the Association of MBAs concurs this troubling data. According to him, the higher the educational level (postgraduate, PhD), the more stress the students are experiencing. However, schools have not left this problem untackled: for instance, Financial Times data says that two thousand schools from more than 100 countries have implemented courses on stress management in their MBA programs. A decade ago, such courses would be strange and unnecessary.

According to Arnold Longboy (London Business School), mental health is a serious issue for students. He says that the uncomplaining business leader stereotype is not only unnecessary, but dangerous.

How to Take Control of One’s Own Mental Well-Being

To cope with MBA-related stress, Sen made a new routine for himself: he added non-business-school activities into his timetable, and got rid of destructive habits. Instead, he made some healthy ones by learning to cook healthy food and starting to exercise. As a result, his productivity increased and the stress levels went down.

You don’t just have to change your habits and swap needless things for productive activities. A vital thing is to keep to your own schedule, including the time for your studies. Even if you can’t study mornings, you can allocate time at night; just don’t forget to make time for your studies.

Learning environment is a huge factor in reducing stress. Some people can work much better in a group; others prefer to study by themselves. The point is, you should know what’s best for you. Determining your strengths and weaknesses will help you choose the most optimal study style.

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