All students are prone to some level of study related stress, whether it’s an underlying presence lurking all year round or simply a more gradual build-up towards exam time. Fortunately, no matter what level of stress you are undergoing, with some healthier habits coupled with practical and emotional support systems in place, it can be managed. Check out the following practical, stress-busting advice and holistic tips to keep university nerves at bay.
If your idea of staying hydrated and alert is drinking 7 cups of coffee a day, then honey, you’re doing it wrong. While the short term benefits may make you feel like you are on top form, you’ll be left feeling jittery and have even lower energy when the effects wear off with the subsequent sugar crash which will leave you reaching for… you guessed it, yet another cup of coffee. Water or herbal tea is a great alternative which will regulate your system and keep you authentically alert. However, if coffee is your life and you absolutely cannot do without it, strike a balance by drinking your last cup before 3pm. This ensures that it won’t affect your sleeping pattern adversely and will lead you to feel a real sense of alertness to benefit your studying and mental endurance.
A little bit of restlessness the night before an exam is understandable. Even at the worst case scenario, the body is amazingly well equipped to naturally deal with sleep deprivation for a night or two but if you find yourself constantly having to combat the effects of little to no sleep then consider breathing exercises, using a meditation app like Headspace or simply finding a calm quiet space or a hot, relaxing bath infused with a cup of epsom salts, a cup of bicarbonate of soda and a few of drops of lavender oil before bed.
Reduce stress by feeling more in control of your studies by being proactive instead of reactive. Sign up to a platform which will enhance your e-learning experience all year round. Utilize a study support tool that makes your workload manageable with online educational support such as the MasterPass system, an innovation by Student Hub, (those people who also came up with the brilliant idea for students to rent their text books to save money and the environment).
Speak to a friend
While it may be obvious to some, there are many learners who underestimate the power of taking the time to connect with each other and discussing shared and similar experiences to realise that they are not alone. Relaxing with friends even if it’s a 15minute ‘catch up’ allows us to put everything into perspective and can help us reflect on what a privilege it is to study, the reasons why we are educating ourselves and what there is to look forward to in life beyond exams as well as the exciting opportunities that await us which in turn allows one to convert stress into excitement.