Are you stressing about stress?

By Chantelle Fuller

Deadlines are looming and your inbox is brimming with a series of emails reminding you of all the things you should have already done. As of now, you are undecided between continuing with your Netflix binge, whilst also planning a Britney Spears style breakdown.

University stress happens even to the best of us. It happens to the athletic sports team who are out every other night, the student who spends twelve hours in the library, and let’s not forget that friend who always appears ‘super chill’. But fear not, there is a way to combat the overwhelming tidal wave submerging you, when the deadlines are lapping at your feet.

  1. A varied and healthy diet

I am afraid this means a divorce of your 3-year relationship with Runnymede Chicken and Ribs. Juices filled with vitamin C, such as orange or grapefruit juice, are good for your immune system so can help with combat stress. Believe it or not, cooking can be a great source of therapy.

  1. Exercise

Taking some time away from the duvet can give your body the boost it needs. A walk with a friend or joining a sports club could help improve your wellbeing, along with the social aspect of meeting new people. For those not looking for a gruelling run in the rain, a great way to ease your way into exercising is Yoga. Check out @_yourga for more information.

  1. Meditation

It might sound simple, but sitting quietly for 10 minutes a day can really help with stress levels. Good breathing techniques can relax the mind, as it sends oxygen surging through your bloodstream, helping to calm you down and beat that coursework stress.

  1. Take breaks regularly

Short breaks between working can help you switch off, but don’t forget longer breaks are important too. Schedule in one day or afternoon a week where you do something that you enjoy.

  1. Sleep (and sign out of Facebook)

It was Winston Churchill who first came up with the idea of the ‘power nap’. So if it made him achieve wartime success, it may just help with your essays. Small 20-minute power naps can help increase productivity. Just make sure to set an alarm!

  1. Try to see the positive side

Before you ask, this is not sarcastic. If you missed a deadline, try to appreciate what you learned from this mistake. Now you know where you went wrong, the next essay will only be an improvement of your learning.

  1. Laugh

They say that laughter is the best medicine, and it’s true. Laughing out loud increases oxygen and blood flow, which automatically reduces stress.

  1. Talk

I am not saying open your deepest darkest soul, but confiding in a friend whether through humor, or an honest conversation. Chances are, they are feeling the same too! If you are already on a level four breakdown, then go and speak to your tutor, every problem has its solution.

Chantelle Fuller


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