Following a previous post on revision, exams and assignments this week I’m going to be offering some advice on how to cope with stress.
It’s easy to get stressed sometimes when you’re focused on work, but there are ways to minimise stress and ensure you don’t get overwhelmed.
Managing stress will keep you happy, healthy and productive, so it’s definitely worth taking the time to de-stress whenever possible.
Break Any Tasks into Small, Manageable Steps
One thing many students say they have to deal with often is procrastination, and that’s usually because they have so many things to do that they’re unsure of where to start.
Writing an essay may seem like a pretty daunting task to have on your To Do List, and may make you worried. But you can break this down into smaller steps: write an introduction, research theatre performances in Shakespeare’s day, edit conclusion.
Each day just pick one of the small steps off the list and work on it. Since you’re not trying to write an entire essay at once it will be easier to work through, and you won’t worry about trying to research, write and edit an essay all at the same time.
Exercise has been linked to helping mental well-being, it can clear your thoughts and calm you down.
Even if you don’t exercise regularly, you can take up something simple like yoga. When I was at college a yoga class ran every week, aiming to reduce stress for students. It definitely helped me. Even now, if I’m feeling a little stressed out all I need to do is open Youtube, search for a quick yoga routine and relax.
It is super easy and it really works!
This one seems quite obvious, but it can be easy to forget to take care of yourself when you have a lot of work or are worrying about something.
Make time to do whatever relaxes you, whether that’s socialising with friends, curling up with a good book, going for a long walk or running a bath. You’ll definitely feel much better after taking care of yourself.
Work Smarter, Not Harder
You might have heard that advice before, but not really know what it means. It’s all about setting achievable goals with a clear time frame.
Recognise your strengths and weaknesses and work around them, give yourself enough time to complete everything you need to and make sure you’ve had enough sleep before attempting to work.
You can find some tips and more advice on dealing with stress through the Edge Hill website here.
I hope you all have another great week, and remember to relax!
Quote for the day: “I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth diminishing your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.” Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience –Steve Maraboli
Until next time 🙂