10 Ways to Relieve Stress

Saya Uotanion 3 May 2019
10 Ways to Relieve Stress

The pressure of exam season can get to us all from time to time. By following these 10 techniques, you can keep your cool until summer!

Easter break is officially over and that means one thing: STRESS. All the assignments and dreaded group projects you put off in the name of “I’m on holiday” are piling up and coming back with a vengeance.

Luckily we’ve got a few ways to make you feel a little bit better about life.

1. Do a facemask

The classic, iconic stress reliever. Even if you don’t have time for a full-on pamper sesh, a 10-15 minute break won’t hurt. Plus, you can get one in almost any colour, shape, pattern or benefit you like! Get your skincare game on.

2. Study with your friends

Nothing brings people together like suffering through a difficult module. Arrange a study group and help each other out on things you don’t quite get. It’s been proven that explaining concepts to others really deepens your understanding of them, so it’s a total win-win.

3. Try a mini digital detox

Let’s face it, it’s way too hard for most of us to go a full day without our phones. A few hours, though, seems doable. Put your phone on airplane mode or just switch it off entirely, get it out of your sight and focus. There are also anti-procrastination extensions you can get on your browser.

4. Do some yoga

I’m personally a huge fan of yoga, and it’s so easy to practice now that there are apps and videos that guide you through the different poses. Sitting still at your desk for hours can make you feel gross and stiff, so take a little yoga break to clear your mind.

5. Go for a walk with a friend

No one goes on walks anymore! Yes, the British weather can be unpredictable, but a short stroll through a nearby park or just through your city is more refreshing than you think. Invite a friend if you’re feeling social – especially if you’re having one of those weeks where you haven’t spoken to anyone or left the house…

6. Do some baking

Again, you can do this alone or with friends. There are tons of recipes out there for everything! Whether you decide to make something healthy or indulgent, the mouth-watering smell from the oven is sure to lift your spirits.

7. Watch something funny

This one’s a no-brainer. Laughing is one of the best stress relievers, so pull up something that makes you smile – my personal favourites are Parks and Rec and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

8. Sleep more

This is probably the most difficult one in the list, but it’s incredibly important to get a good night’s sleep. No matter how much you study, if your body’s weary your mind’s weary as well. There’s a reason why they say you should be well rested before a test. Give your brain some downtime.

9. Try a mood-tracking app

It’s not for everyone, but habitually taking notes on how you feel can help you be more in touch with yourself. There are a variety of apps out there, so whether you prefer audio recording, note-taking, or simply tapping on emotions, chances are you’ll find one that clicks with your lifestyle.

10. Have a cuppa

Do you know what always makes you feel better? A good ol’ cuppa tea. Enjoy with milk, sugar, honey, lemon, or whatever other quirky things you like.

As the academic year comes to a close, uni can get really overwhelming. Forms to fill, exams to take, assignments to turn in, awards to (hopefully) receive… don’t forget to breathe!

Saya Uotanion 3 May 2019