Stress Awareness Month: 6 tips to help you to be stress freeBy Cara Dudgeon
According to YouGov UK in August 2016, 63% of students said that they feel stress so distinctly that it interrupts their day-to-day lives.
April is Stress Awareness Month and it is important to remember that there are ways to combat those feelings of stress and panic. Here are some tips that may help…
Become a tidy person - Having a tidy workspace makes all the difference. Tidying may seem like a bore initially but it will be worth it in the end. Knowing where all your books and papers are will stop you from rummaging around and making even more of a mess. Not only should you become a tidy person physically but also mentally. By this we mean get organized! Sit down with a diary, or head to Paperchase and get yourself a fancy new notebook, and write down when all your deadlines are. This way you won’t be rushing to finish that reading or assignment and will feel less stressed knowing you’re on top of your work.
Wellbeing - Exercising may seem like an effort but the time away simply focussing on not falling off the treadmill, or spinning your legs around the spin bike, really does help! It has been proven that when you exercise, your body releases endorphins that trigger a feeling similar to morphine making you feel more positive. And hence, less stressed. You don’t have to go to the gym to exercise, there are lots of workouts of YouTube. So no excuses!
Make time for friends - As a student, it’s very easy to become obsessed with work and making sure all your reading is done for classes and assignments. Ensuring you make time to see your friends and just switch off is also important. It doesn’t just have to be about getting drunk either; going bowling, for coffee or for pizza is a great way to take an hour off and have a laugh. It also means you don’t have a hangover the day after so won’t feel guilty about not being able to do work!
Have the chocolate - I think everyone agrees that chocolate tastes great. And during stressful assignment and exam times, it’s needed. And that’s okay! Even if you do end up having the entire bar. Just make sure you have a piece of fruit or eat slightly better the next day to balance everything out.
Find something that works for you - Finding something that relaxes you is the most important thing. If it’s one of these tips — great! If not, don’t worry, there will be something for you! Finishing your work that hour early and dedicating the time to reading a book, painting your nails and watching your favourite TV show, or colouring even, may feel difficult at first but your brain will thank you. Plus, when you go back to the work, your relaxed state will be able to focus better.