Take some time for yourself
… you’re worth it.
When those assignments start piling up and exams start looming, it’s time to think about ways to deal with the overload.
Here are 5 quick tips for relieving some of the study stress uni students may be feeling and the pressure of exam time.
- Relaxation or meditation: Remember to take time to focus on your mental health and breathing. Working yourself up over exams is just going to make you worry more. By finding a comfy spot in the house, sitting down for ten minutes with a cup of tea and by focusing on your breathing you can really feel more refreshed. A relaxation tip is to close your eyes and focus on the air going in through your nostrils and out through your mouth. By doing this, you are lowering your heart rate and therefore becoming more relaxed.
- Exercise: Get your body moving! When we move our bodies release endorphins, which are ‘feel-good’ chemicals in the brain, and they make us happier and make our mood less dull. A fast walk or run around the block, a trip to your gym or even some gentle yoga at home can reduce the feelings of depression and anxiety and make your mood go from 0 to 100!
- Drink Water: We all know that we should be drinking plenty of water a day. But when you’re stuck in the house staring at the computer screen or a note book, water may be the last thing you feel like. Well, here’s a few reasons why water is incredible and should be with you wherever you go: water increases energy, flushes out bad toxins in your body, improves your complexion, boosts your immune system, promotes weight loss and it keeps you alive – as 75% of your brain is made up of water!
- Socialise: Talking to other people is a great way to feel more relaxed. Going for a walk, a coffee, dinner or to the movies with somebody makes your mood lighter and you feel a connectedness to the world. Laughing and smiling releases endorphins and sharing those happy moments with friends and family are extremely beneficial to your mood and will make you feel less stressed.
- Stay true to yourself: Remember that an exam doesn’t define who you are as a person. Your brain may not retain a certain speck of information, but remain calm and collected. Have faith in yourself and your answers. Remember that you are worth a lot more than the marks on your exam papers. Enjoy your university life, study hard, take regular breaks, get fresh air and eat well. Sleep eight or more hours, indulge in that chocolate cake, make new lifelong friends and always remain yourself.