When you’re trying to balance study around the rest of your life, stress can come knocking when you least expect it and rarely is it welcome when you have a mountain of things to do.
We’ve all snapped at a loved one under the pressure of an assignment, procrastinated with cheese, cleaning and lawn mowing, and felt the headaches, fatigue and even stomach pain when reacting to challenges.
Getting a handle on stress is important for your wellbeing, uni results and not to mention those around you – so we’ve come up with a few simple but effective tips for beating study stress.
Sleep is vital to your mental and physical wellbeing and it’s an easy one to get right. Recently, The National Sleep Foundation released new recommendations that adults need between 7 and 9 hours sleep each night.
This is often easier said than done. To help you stick to good sleeping patterns, make sure you have a consistent time for going to bed and waking up, ban in bed screen time, avoid caffeine and nicotine and wind down and relax like with a cup of tea before catching some ZZZ’s.
Getting into a good routine in general will help you wake up each morning feeling more refreshed, energised and ready to take on whatever the day might hold.
Get up and move
If you’re someone who studies or works inside all day, try and make the effort to get up and out of your working space to take a walk around the block or skip the elevator for the stairs.
When you exercise a chemical called serotonin is released in your body. This chemical can actually increase your happiness levels and alleviate feelings of stress and anxiety.
Even though it doesn’t seem like much, moving more throughout the each day will help to boost your mood, increase your focus and clear your head.
When you’re under the pump it can be easy to fall into the trap of grabbing unhealthy food around you to just get on with the task. It’s especially easy to pick foods high in fats and artificial sugars to get that quick rush of energy – but soon you’ll can be feeling sluggish, unmotivated and irritable.
Sometimes it helps to pause and have a think about what could be causing your stress to stop the freight train of stress eating your way through all your favorite comfort foods.
Instead, choose healthy! Aim to keep some fruit, carrot sticks even popcorn close by and ensure you’re eating good sized portions of breakfast, lunch and dinner– even if it means taking some extra time out to prepare meals. Your body and mind will thank you in the long run.
It’s easy to get lost in the clutter of life and study. While the chaos can sometimes light a fire under you to get things done, it’s also important to bring yourself back to the here and now.
Mindfulness has been known to stave off stress and keep distractions at bay. A quick one-minute technique focused around breathing can help bring you back into the present.
When you’re feeling overwhelmed take a clock with a second hand and sit and watch it for a full minute while focusing your attention on your breathing. This will help slow overthinking, remove stresses and bring calmness to your day.
Still feeling overwhelmed? Give our Students Liaison Officers (SLOs) a call, they are around to help 9am-9pm weekdays and 10am-6pm weekends and public holidays.