Stop being a stress-head!

I’m stressed, like, all the time. I do way too much outside uni, which leaves me with very little time for study and relaxation. I bet you’re the same; assignments get left until the last minute, or you feel like you’re always behind in your revision. You just want to know how to reduce stress!

Never fear! There are lots of stress management strategies and relaxation techniques that you can use to keep your stress in check. They’re something that I’ve heard about, but have rarely taken advantage of. I’d encourage you to find the time (10 minutes per day) to use some of these stress management techniques, because they can make a huge difference to your mood, health and academic results. Importantly, if it all seems too much, you might find that taking time out to de-stress can restore your motivation and drive.

How to reduce stress:
A great way to clear your head is to take a 30-minute walk around where you live. Get some fresh air, maybe stroll through the nearest park for some peace. Try to forget about all of your obligations (uni, work, etc.), and focus on all the positive things in your life (family, friends, hobbies, etc.). When you return home, hopefully you’ll feel refreshed and calm, and ready to tackle your responsibilities.

If it’s night time, or the weather doesn’t allow you to leave the house, there are other relaxation techniques that you can use at home or in your college. First, try listening to relaxing music. I’d stay away from screamo and hard rock for this, going instead for classical or world music. There are some great relaxation tunes on YouTube, and a study has found that Marconi Union’s “Weightless” is the most relaxing piece of music ever! While you can listen to music while studying, often it’s more effective to devote particular time to it.

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Consider trying your hand at yoga or other slow exercises (like tai chi). These sorts of exercises are great for increasing your focus and discipline, as well as slowing your mind and removing you from the fast-paced uni lifestyle. As yoga has a spiritual origin, it’s really a style of meditation. Look up other meditation methods online too, as it can be a great way to de-stress.

If you are feeling under pressure, it is so worthwhile to explore relaxation techniques like those above. Like I said, I didn’t do it enough over the past 2.5 years, so I recommend you look into it. These stress management tips are very basic, so perhaps take a look at the book Exam Stress? No Worries! Relax!

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