Stress Awareness Day
Stress Awareness Day
Today we highlight the importance of stress awareness and start a dialogue around the topic affecting many students throughout the academic year. No matter what your study status, be you full-time, part-time, undergraduate, postgraduate, or a mature student – stress affects us all and I’m using this blog to discuss my tips for relieving stress that I have used in the past.
Having completed my Master's and begun my PhD during the coronavirus lockdowns, I understand – like so many of you – the feeling of attempting to keep up with education with looming anxiety of restrictions. Luckily, these restrictions have eased but the sentiment is still incredibly relevant as we adapt to normality and in-person study. Here are my top 5 tips for stress relief and some resources you can access.
1 – Be Active
Getting active is one of the ways I relieve stress. From playing sports such as Badminton to Football, it’s a great distraction from issues that cause stress. This isn’t limited to playing sports either, just a simple walk and listening to a podcast is enough for me sometimes. Being active can also improve the quality of your sleep which can be negatively affected by stress and anxiety.
2 – Writing it Down
I’ve found that when I become stressed, I get easily overwhelmed by all the factors contributing to my feelings. Noting everything down is an effective way of evaluating where you are and putting things into perspective. It is also a good idea to jot down the positive aspects in your life now!
3 – Avoid Procrastination
This is a broad tip, and it is certainly something I have been guilty of during my time in education. If you can, try and get into the habit of making a to-do list of things you need to do – but be careful not to overwhelm yourself, lots of little tasks that can break down assignments into manageable chunks will help you keep on top of things and avoids the stress and anxiety of scrambling to do assignments at the last minute. Be sure to give yourself time to relax and unwind as well!
4 – Listen to Relaxing Music
When I have found myself stressed, a way I dislocate from the real world and relax is by listening to soothing music (this is a good idea for background noise whilst studying as well!). I have found that classical music or even film scores are useful for switching off – but music is subjective, whatever you find relaxing is a great solution!
5 – Challenge yourself
Set yourself goals that expand your learning outside of your conventional comfort zone or studies! Be that trying a new sport, or a hobby will help you build confidence. From a personal point of view, during the first lockdown, and my housemates bought a dartboard and learned how to play properly. This took us out of the stress of living with coronavirus restrictions and gave us all something to bond over!d over!
Resources you should check out!