Ever wondered how some people manage to breeze through life without even breaking a sweat? Have they never heard of stress!?!?
Although it may not seem like it, in reality everyone gets stressed from time to time and if you’re trying to balance work, family and learning, let’s just say it can get a little overwhelming.
Luckily, we’re here to provide a helping hand, in the form of some actionable advice for coping when the struggle becomes real.
Sleep – this can be a bit of a chicken and egg situation – maybe you can’t sleep because you’re stressed, or are you more stressed because you can’t sleep? Either way lack of sleep can massively affect your mental health and it’s important to get it sorted.
If you avoid notifications emitted from your devices for at least an hour before bed, you will see a difference in your sleep quality. Don’t believe us? Here are the facts. Try to plan your study schedule so you use devices earlier on in the day and leave the good old fashioned text books and pen and paper for the evenings.
Diet – You know about the effects of caffeine, so we won’t go there (except to warn you that it’s not just about when you’re drinking it, but also how much you’re drinking throughout the day).
Recent studies have shown that eating vegetables can reduce stress, particularly in women. Reaching for a handful of cashew nuts, or pouring a cup of chamomile tea can also help and just before you throw away all your comfort foods – a couple of squares of dark chocolate has been linked to improved moods.
Relaxation techniques – We know what you’re thinking “how do I fit meditation in on top of everything else?”, but even deep breathing for 10 minutes can work wonders.
There are all sorts of techniques you can choose to find your Zen, from music to yoga, the trick is to find the one that works best for you. If you’re forcing yourself to do it then it’s not right, so move on and try something else.
Learning to put your wellbeing first is crucial to staying on top of your studies and all the challenges life throws at you along the way. Before you know it, you’ll be breezing through life with the best of them.
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