#StressAwarenessWeek: How to manage stress as a university student

Happy November everybody!

This week is #StressAwarenessWeek in the UK and tips are being spread far and wide from the NHS and large mental health charities.

I wanted to make a friendly student edition because if I’m honest, unless you’ve been a student or are within the working student environment, you might not realise how stressful it can be at times. It’s not always wild nights out and coffee breaks with your best friends like you may see on social media, you don’t see the late night library sessions on Facebook do you?

I’ve just recovered from a very poorly weekend with the flu, this was probably partially down to feeling the pressure from panicking that I have no idea what I’m doing with an assignment and spending all day writing it, even though I could feel aches and pains brewing… bad idea. I spent the whole weekend completely unable to move and watching awful but necessary Christmas films from bed (bit early for festive films for me but I was in need of light watching).

On that note, I would like to help other frazzled out students to avoid feeling too stressed under the deadline pressures and to remind them to look after themselves by doing the following:

  • Plan some evenings where you don’t look at your laptop. Not even for 5 minutes.

I find that as soon as I look at my laptop, I’m somehow looking at my latest assignment and re-reading it over, even though I said I was looking at something completely unrelated to University. Stop staring at a screen and just do something different for you, whether that’s going for a walk at your favourite spot or playing silly board games. Whatever works to destress your mind.

 

  • Don’t leave things to the last minute!

This is something that builds up unnecessary stress and I will never understand why people do it! I know some people work well under pressure and that’s fine, but if you are someone who works under pressure but not well, this could affect your grades and most importantly your mental health. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time, scheduling time in to do work will in turn give you time to take breaks when you need without feeling stressed and guilty that you have!

 

  • Don’t take on unnecessary pressures. Put yourself first.

I think this might be my final tip. I could suggest you go for a walk, read a book, exercise, get plenty of sleep but you’ve heard all that from everyone else. Whilst those are all important elements of looking after your physical and mental wellbeing, you also need to prioritise yourself. If someone asks you to do something and it’s just going to add to your list of things to do which is already getting too much for you, say NO. This doesn’t make you a bad person and in fact, you can’t do something for someone to the best of your abilities if you’re stressed.

It’s very easy as a university student, with a family life, social life, work life and uni life to spread yourself to thin and forget all about making time for yourself. This is a post to remember, you’re pretty incredible and you’re doing the best you can. Don’t stress.

And just remember… it’s nearly Christmas break!!

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Abi x

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