Dealing with stress
When we’re stressed we complain about it, but we don’t actually do anything to reduce it! So I’ve put together 4 top tips in order to help manage stress during hectic times:
1. Don’t let work pile up and use your free time wisely.
Create a weekly planner and look ahead to the next three weeks – schedule your work according to your deadlines and how much free time you have. 😊
2. Do one thing you love every day.
Whether this is cooking, playing a musical instrument or watching an episode of your favourite programme; doing something you love will help keep you level-headed. Having good health and mental wellbeing are really important in keeping those stress levels low, so don’t let stress keep you in a straight-jacket! Plus, if you schedule doing the thing you love at the end of your day then you’ll have something to look forward to and keep you motivated. ⚽🎥🌻
3. Incorporate exercise, healthy eating and sleep into your schedule.
Physical activity releases hormones which helps the brain to stay more relaxed. Make sure you’re eating right too, to keep the brain fuelled. 🍌 And trust me, even though an all-nighter may seem a good idea, make sure you’re getting at least 8 hours sleep per night. 😴 Even if I’m stressed, I’ll make time for 20 minutes of exercise, three times a week, and I’ll go to bed on time because I know it’ll benefit me in the long run.
4. Take 5 minutes for yourself 👩🎓
Meditation and yoga are currently a big trend in keeping your mind out of a knot. Download a free meditation app; I would recommend Giant Mind or Headspace. If you try it and you don’t like it then just sit and reflect for 5 minutes at the end of your day; it’s good to make sure you stay in touch with your feelings so that you can manage them before they get on top of you.
5. The Uni also offers a lot of support in terms of mindfulness
There are counsellors, guidance tutors, learning mindfulness support sessions and pet therapy weeks around exam time; so there’s no need to stress about dealing with your stress, as there are many ways you can be supported. 😁