Whether it’s assignment deadlines, upcoming exams or living with others, there are many factors of student life than can make you feel stressed. But there are some things you can do to help you stay calm and focused throughout your day.
1. Clear your mind
If you’re feeling stressed, the best way to begin overcoming your worries is to first lay out everything that’s bothering you. Grab yourself a pen and some paper and clear your mind by writing things down. Doing this means you can look at everything and clearly prioritise your tasks by factors such as importance and urgency. This exercise will help you feel on top of your to-dos, rather than your mind working in over drive and feeling overwhelmed.
2. Go green
If you’ve got work to do, be sure to surround yourself with some plants. Not only will plants help to purify the air in your workspace, but they’re actually very soothing and will help to keep you calm. Meaning the addition of plants to your working environment can make you more productive and less stressed. Having some greenery in your room will also add some colour, brighten the room and make it feel homelier.
3. Take a walk
Taking some time out away from your work, room or flatmates will give you an opportunity to reflect on what’s worrying you and allow you to have some ‘me’ time. It’s also a great way to help your body release endorphins as a result of exercise. Endorphins are chemicals released by the brain that trigger positive feelings and can help to give you a better outlook on your worries – leaving you feeling optimistic and able to tackle your work when you return.
4. Take your time
Rushing from one task or place to the next can contribute to feeling stressed as a student. Whether you’re walking to a lecture or meeting friends, if you know it takes you 20 minutes to get there, why not allow yourself 30 minutes to travel instead. Arriving at your destination with time to spare will help keep you calm and reduce any unwanted stress due to lateness; the spare time will also give you time to make yourself comfortable before a lecture starts for example.
5. Know your deadlines
Time pressure can be a major cause of stress. But being aware of your deadlines can help you plan ahead and figure out what you need to do and by when. Having all your deadlines clearly laid out means you won’t receive any nasty surprises or end up doing all-nighters because you’ve forgotten about a piece of work and have to finish it last minute!
If you’re feeling stressed at university, try some of the above tips, but also remember to talk to someone about how you’re feeling. Whether it’s a friend, family member, flat mate, university staff or a member of the Host team, if something’s wrong, don’t keep it bottled up.
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