University Vs. Stress

Coffee Mug and Flowers

For many of us, University deadlines are just around the corner now. Yikes.

Libraries instantly become the place to be on a Friday night. You find yourself no longer downing Vodka, but huge amounts of Coffee and Red Bull instead! Even my group chats on Whats App are full of friends complaining about their work. Lets face it, it’s a shitty time!

When assignments are set, I always try to start early and to keep calm. Yet here I am, feeling emotionally exhausted and procrastinating by writing this blog post. Who am I kidding? I’m one of the biggest stress balls on the planet, meaning that sometimes I find it difficult to juggle with what Uni throws at me.

If there is one thing that I have learnt from my First Semester, it is to allow myself to have a break and be productive elsewhere, with NO work in sight. Don’t get me wrong, I still take every assignment seriously, but allowing myself a morning or evening off every once in a while has made a huge difference in my stress levels throughout the Second Semester. When enough is enough, there are a few things that I like to do in order to destress, which also helps me maintain a healthy mentality balance:

1. Exercise

The Gym becomes my Best Friend during times like these. It’s not unknown that exercise has proven to be the best stress reliever, with the added bonus of keeping you fit as well. I find that exercising always leaves me in a positive mood, which is what I want! I try my hardest to do some form of exercise everyday, which tends to be the gym. However if I have to prioritise my time a little more, then I will go for a run, walk the dog or make a routine at home instead.

2. Socialise

I cannot emphasise how important it is to maintain a social life with your favourite people, even when facing deadlines. During my first Semester, I found myself constantly working and made minimal time to see my Friends and Family. No, that’s not okay! Now, I will take a few evenings off to meet friends for dinner or drinks. Only occasionally does drinks lead to a big night out.. or almost every time – opps! Seeing my family also helps, as they can be very encouraging and know how to instantly put me in a positive mood. 

3. Having Me Time

Having some time to myself is one of my favourite ways to destress! My idea of ‘me time’ involves Netflix, reading a good book/magazines, Blogging, listening to music and basically being lazy. This plays a massive part in feeling relaxed and letting your mind escape elsewhere, rather than focusing on essays and all of the practical work – blergh!

4. Getting A Good Nights Rest

This is one of the obvious ones out there, but getting to sleep early for more consumed hours of rest makes all of the difference. If I go to sleep at a reasonable time, then I am able to wake up earlier in the morning. This allows plenty of extra time to be productive throughout the day. Plus who doesn’t like sleep? Any excuse to be able to sleep is welcome!

5. Yoga

Going back to the whole exercise scenario, Yoga is one my favourite things to do, especially when I am feeling stressed. If you was to tell me a few years ago that I would like Yoga, I’d probably laugh and call bullshit. However, after being recommended Yoga to improve my strength, it has now become one of my favourite hobbies. It’s peaceful and allows the mind to release any negative energy that’s built up inside. Brownie points for the discovery of the muscles used in yoga that you didn’t even know existed!

Although these may not work for everyone, having combination of these five things are basically what keeps me sane throughout the deadline period. What helps you to destress during times like these? Let me know in the comments!

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