Dealing With Stress; 5 Top Tips
So, it’s coming to that wonderful time of year where deadlines are fast approaching and exams are looming. Stressful isn’t it? This post will focus on how to deal with stress to hopefully help bring you closer to a place of tranquility. (Although focusing on exam stress, these tips can also be applied to other types of stress in general).Life can be stressful at times, period. But it’s how we deal with that stress that really counts. I have been taking academic exams for the last three years of my life and am about to take some more next week – woohoo! So believe me, I know how utterly stressful this time of year can be. However, over these years I have learnt what helps me to remain (relatively) chilled and I’m going to share this with you now:
1. Gain some perspective
Personally, with many situations, I have found that if you take your mind to a place where you can view ‘the big picture’, suddenly everything falls into perspective. I read a quote a few months ago that has stuck in my head ever since: ‘if it’s not going to matter in 5 years, don’t spend more than 5 minutes worrying about it now’. Of course, it’s natural to worry and get stressed over things, but if you make a conscious effort to see life as a whole, you will naturally feel a lot calmer.
I remember getting very worked up and panicked over my GCSE exams; but looking back now all that stress seems so pointless, as quite honestly I don’t really care what I got in GCSE Chemistry (sorry Dr Smith).
Just stay forever grateful that you even have access to education and the opportunity to take exams!
Meditation is very powerful and I strongly, strongly advise you try it. Since meditating daily, I have found that I am more grounded, calm and focused. Honestly, there are so many benefits. Just start off with as little as two minutes when you wake up and two minutes before you sleep to solely focus your mind on your breath. Put on some 432Hz music if you like, and just breath. Try to clear your mind of everything (this can be quite tricky as thoughts will naturally flow into your consciousness – just let them pass) and relax. You’ll definitely start to notice the benefits.
3. Eat right, sleep right
The food you eat powers your body and mind. I find I feel sluggish if I haven’t been eating enough wholesome, nutritious foods. So pay attention to your diet and perhaps swap those unhealthy revision snacks for something a little better for you; your body will thank you. (Of course, treat yourself too – I can’t say I don’t enjoy ice cream and chocolate now and then! – it’s all about a healthy balance).
Secondly, I cannot emphasise enough how important sleep is. Your brain won’t function properly if it isn’t well rested and you’ll end up getting more stressed. I understand that some people work best late at night (…and into the early hours of the morning in some cases) however, regardless of whether you’re a night owl or an early bird, make sure you’re getting enough sleep.
4. Don’t overwork yourself – make time for the things you enjoy
This one is particularly important. Life is all about balance. A yin and a yang. So make sure you balance your studies with doing things you really enjoy. Watch a tv program you like, play Xbox, listen to music, bake a cake, take a bath, hang out with friends, go to the gym; just do something you love and that makes you happy. I often remind myself that yes, good grades and exam results make me happy, but there are so many other things that are more important and also make me happy – friends, family, love, laughter. If you make time for these things, you’ll naturally feel a lot less stressed.
5. Go outside into nature + exercise
Go on. Get up from your desk/bed/wherever you revise from and get some fresh air. Mother nature will welcome you. Breathing in that fresh prana will allow your mind to clear. I go on walks/runs when I feel I’ve been inside for too long and come back feeling mentally refreshed (if a little sweaty). It’s amazing what fresh air can do! However I get that running isn’t for everyone. Even so, physical activity has been proven to help lower stress levels. Find exercise that you enjoy, it could be yoga, tennis, cycling, zumba, hockey…the list goes on! The rush of serotonin and other ‘feel good’ endorphins will make you feel more energised and lower your stress levels.
So there you go, 5 tips that will hopefully help some of you feel more relaxed and less stressed. I wish you the absolute best of luck with any exams you have. Breath and believe in yourself, for you’re capable of anything you put your mind to – you are infinite.
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Have a beautiful day!
~ Emma ~