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Staying healthy during stressful times

Trying to balance work, family and other commitments alongside your studies can lead to unwanted stress and can run the risk of it affecting your everyday life.

However, this does not have to be the case, with many activities available to you to help relieve your stress levels and get you back to focusing on the important things in life.

Take a short walk

Exercising is an excellent way to maintain your stress levels, and it also keeps you fit in the process. Although you may not always have enough time to commit to a full workout routine, you are still able to get many of the same benefits by taking a short 10-minute walk.

By taking a break from your busy routine to take a brisk walk you can get your heart rate up, increasing your blood flow and reducing your stress. It is also a fantastic way to clear your head.

Eating healthy

Maintaining a healthy diet can be difficult during stressful times especially with the temptation to binge on unhealthy snacks. Consuming an excessive amount of sugar, salt or caffeine can have negative effects and can lead to an increase in stress levels.

By eating foods that are high in Vitamin B and C, and Magnesium, you can recover your energy level and reduce your anxiety. Foods such as green vegetables, high citrus fruits and nuts are all excellent sources of nutrients your body needs to help reduce stress.

Get plenty of sleep

While it may seem like a good idea to stay up all night working on that assignment that just has to be finished, it is actually having the opposite effect. Not only on your sleeping pattern, but it can also affect your work quality and stress levels.

By establishing a healthy sleeping routine, you will be able to ensure you are getting enough rest to recharge your batteries and reduce your stress levels. This will also help to promote higher levels of concentration and improve your memory.

Meditation or relaxation techniques

Meditation is one of the simpler but no less effective ways of reducing your stress levels. By taking 10 minutes to sit down to meditate, you will begin to fight the effects of stress. Focusing on slow, deep breaths, you will be able to slow down your heart rate and lower your blood pressure and help to clear you mind.

Think about taking a meditation class to help you learn the basics and establish a strong meditation pattern. If mediation is not your thing, you may find that yoga or pilates provides the same level of stress relief.

With these helpful activities, you will be able to take care of your wellbeing and turn your focus back to the things that are most important to you.

If you find that you are feeling overwhelmed with your studies or balancing your time, just remember, Swinburne Online offers 7-day support for whenever you are in need.