Stress. One of the most common feelings that everyone experiences at least once in their lifetime. Stress can be brought on by your environment, those who you surround yourself with, and just normal daily situations. For instance, I’m sure that more than one of you can relate to a time that you were running late for an important meeting, or you may have forgotten to buy a new outfit to an event and then when you attempted to buy one just hours before you were due to arrive, there was nothing that you liked.
However, one of the most important things about stress itself is how dangerous it can be to our bodies. For specifically students, this time of year can be the most stressful, sitting exams can be a scary thing and trying to study as hard as you can, can make you super stressed.
Over my past three at University, I’ve managed to learn to control myself, and de-stress myself at the most crucial times. I have recently submitted my last ever undergraduate assignment, but ensured to remain calm when producing my thesis, this helped me a lot, and also benefited my health additionally.
So here’s a little list of ways that can help you to de-stress. It’s important to de-stress once you’ve completed your exams too, our brains can only hold so much information, so keep that in mind!
1 . RUN, WALK, JUMP, CYCLE, DANCE!
One of the best techniques to de-stress is by being active. Living an active lifestyle is important regardless of stress, but going for a run, or just a long walk can be a great way to de-stress. I prefer to do a hard workout at the gym as this helps to relive my stress and I always feel so much better afterwards!
2 . STEP AWAY FROM YOUR SCREEN!
Most student stress can be related to revising, so sitting at your desk all day, trying to study about an ancient philosopher isn’t going to help your stress levels. Remember to take a break every forty-five minutes, and make sure you leave at least an hour to eat and hydrate yourself, and yes, that means in a completely different room to the one that you were studying in. You don’t want to overload your brain with information, and you want to ensure that you remain calm whilst studying, as this is way more effective than feeling super stressed when you’re trying to revise!
3 . PHONE A FRIEND!
Having fun is key to de-stressing, phone a friend, arrange a fun day or half day out, and have a great time! You’re allowed to let your hair down and have fun, and you’ll feel fantastic afterwards! Isolating yourself from friends and family during stressful times is not the best idea, so make sure you’re only a phone call away from your loved ones!
4 . PAMPER YOURSELF!
One my favourite things to do to help me to de-stress is to have a little pamper night for myself. I stock up on my go-to facemasks and make sure that I have all the key ingredients for a perfect pamper night, then at the end of the week, I switch off my phone, leave me laptop downstairs, play my favourite music and relax with my facemask. Believe me, this is a trick that works!
5 . TRY NOT TO ENGAGE IN UNHEALTHY HABITS!
Comfort eating and having one too many glasses of wine can feel right at the time, but you’re damaging your body and may also be increasing your stress levels, especially during the morning after. Treating yourself is great, but ensure that you do this in moderation!
Let me know if you have any specific techniques for helping you to de-stress!