As lectures and classes are about to begin and as I seem to have four years’ worth of experience at university. I think it’s appropriate for me to share my advice with you on dealing with stress at university. Let alone university, life is stressful. The real world kinda sucks guys.
When I was at university during my first year, I did try to keep up with reading and after seminar tasks (at the beginning). Then it went downhill, I let it pile up and then started to procrastinate which I’m sure every student is good at doing. This led to me getting S T R E S S E D. That is no fun. Especially with all those deadlines. During my second and third year of university I think I did okay. So, I’m going to talk about the few ways which helped me deal stress at university.
Being under pressure sure is a part of life. Everyone deals with stress at some point. I’m sure we’ve all used the words “I’m stressed” or in my case used them daily. It’s so important to look after your mental health at university, the first step to looking after your mental health is to recognise it. Student life is tough and incredibly challenging guys. I’m sure you are not alone in this.
T I M E M A N A G M E N T
Managing your time is hard at university, after a night out you probably will sleep till around midday the next day and most likely miss a lecture (I’m sure we’ve all done it). All you want to do is sleep. Seriously, get your shit together. Work out what time of day you work best, (I’m one of those weird morning people, maybe you are too) or you work better at 1am in the morning. Whatever works best for you, stick to it. Consider making a timetable, you’ll be surprised at how well they actually work. Have you tried writing down a to do list, believe me when I say this helps (the satisfaction of even ticking one thing off that list, as a student that is a success in itself).
Oh! And keep a diary, write your deadlines in TWO days before the due date (thank me later). Also, make sure you write down readings that need to be done before the next lecture/seminar no mater how much you think you can remember YOU WONT.
R U N N I N G
I have always loved to run. Morning runs are a must for me, if like me you want to run for stress relief the best you can do is have no running goals. Don’t time your run or set a distance. Just put in those headphones and run. Run for as long as you need and as fast as you like. It doesn’t have to be running, go hit the gym, tennis or any other sort of sport. Go for a little walk. Taking the time out to exercise everyday even of it’s for half an hour, it sure can have a big impact on your mental health and it will certainly help you feel a little less stressed.
R E A D I N G
Books kinda helped me. As an aspiring children’s writer, I have always read a lot and love to read. Especially when you get into a book, it’s a great way to escape reality for a bit. Maybe reading isn’t your thing. Before you brush aside this, go down to Waterstones or any book shop and take your time to find a book that interests you and sit down with a cup of tea or coffee and start reading. I’ve read somewhere “reading lowers your heart rate and relaxes you physically” so give a try guys.
A G O O D N I G H T S S L E E P
Sleep is very important for our overall health and well-being which I’m sure we all know. Poor sleep has a big impact on our overall fitness and well-being more than people might think. If you are lying in bed awake and finding it hard to go to sleep. Get up and read a book for a while until you feel sleepy again. Lying in bed awake can promote anxiety so, it’s best to get up and engage in some relaxing activity until you feel tired again. I believe that by having a good night sleep, you will wake up properly rested, this will increase your energy levels, alertness and ability to concentrate.
T A L K T O S O M E O N E
Call a friend or a family relative. I think talking helps to relieve stress. Go out for a coffee with a friend and tell them how you feel. You’ll be surprised of how many people are probably going through the same situation as you, it may also bring an immediate sense of relief. If not every university / college has student services, go and have a little chat with someone every university has a professional counsellor who will offer you some support and advice.
Okay guys! That is it. If not all I hope some of what I said helps at least a few people. I have been through university and I know just how hard and stressful it can be.