It is very easy to get stressed out when juggling exams, assignment deadlines, a part-time job and a social life. As someone who gets stressed easily, here are my top tips for a calmer mindset…
Whether it’s a goal to write 300 words a day or meal plans for the week, to-do lists give the satisfaction of ticking off one less thing to stress about. Setting a specific amount of time for a particular task means that there will be more time left to relax, without the cloud of ‘I-should-be-doing-work-but-I’m-watching-Netflix-instead’ looming over you.
For those who prefer to study at home, a 2000 word essay is uninviting enough, but even more so when there is a messy workspace. A little bit of tidying will help de-clutter your brain and give a sense of organisation.
It doesn’t mean you have to sign up to a costly gym membership or have the athleticism of Jessica Ennis-Hill, it could be a stroll to the Quayside or a YouTube yoga tutorial in the comfort of your own room. Yoga in particular is useful for calming breathing exercises and can be practiced alongside meditation. The Newcastle Buddhist Centre offers meditation classes for those interested.
Listening to music is something I rely on to lower stress levels. Spotify has a variety of playlists for different genres and moods.
Uni is supposed to be all about growing up, but adult colouring books are all the rage now. With some music playing, a bit of colouring-in helps distract from the stressful things in life.
It may seem silly to write down what’s on your mind but it helps to have an outlet to express your thoughts instead of it mustering in your brain.
Overreliance on caffeine is known to be bad for physical and mental health. Less coffee + more herbal tea = more sleep + less stress.
7 to 9 hours is the recommended amount of sleep. So within reason, sleep more.