As of this week, I can officially say that my stress levels are sky-high. Every assignment that could ever be due in under the sun has snuck up on me and it would be kind to say that I was just a little on edge about it. On top of my usual assignments of essays and commentaries, I also have a drama performance next week which I’m not going to lie, I am totally dreading. Drama has never exactly been one of my strongest points and I tend to get really horrible stage fright which has on more that one occasion made me feel so sick I couldn’t even open my mouth of fear of make a right fool of myself. With all this coming up, and everyone in my house feeling equally stressed and on edge, I thought now would be a good time to share with you guys some of my favourite stress relieving and relaxing techniques. Not to say these all work all of the time, but I find them to help me.
Take a break.
Okay so this may seem counter productive. If you’re like me and you know that you have 10,000 essays due in and have an exam in the next week you need to get these done. But actually I find that if I force myself to take a 10-20 minute break every hour of work as a reward I feel relaxed. I’ll just watch a YouTube video or play on a game for 10 minutes and go back to my work afterwards. Even if it’s just spending 5 minutes staring out the window and not powering down on work. It just helps to relax me. Plus I find that my work is 10x better if I take my time over it rather than power in a really quick essay in 4 hours and just hand it in.
Yes I’m one of those people. Ever since I was little I loved to draw and art was really my thing. I was good at it, which I actually talk about in another post which you can find here, and when it wasn’t for something, I found it super relaxing. I still do, although I don’t get time to do these huge paintings now. But I’ve found this amazing app on my iPad called ‘Pixel-Art’ which I found to be so good to help me de-stress. I just set myself an aim of ‘I will complete number 5’, after which I will then do some more work. Even in the evenings I will power down with a game of this while watching tv or YouTube and its super relaxing. If not, those oh so common ‘adult colouring’ books are just as good. I have a really cool mythical animals one, which lets face it is probably aimed a kids, but it’s so cool I really dont care.
Spending time with friends.
Sometimes around this time of year I find that friends can drift apart. You don’t have so much time on your hands to spend time together anymore and sometimes when your stressed the last thing you want is to spend time around people who are likely to be just as stressed. It doesn’t help if you or they don’t deal with stress well and become rather snappy or inconsiderate. Trust me I completely get it. My house at the moment is a ball of stress and I swear I can feel it leaking out the walls right now. But in cases like these you just need to find ways to spend time with them hat doesn’t stress either of you out. Maybe its just an hour coffee meeting where you get together between study sessions and talk, maybe its a Friday movie night in? I promise it will help so much.
Take a walk.
I went for so many walks on my own during exam season last year and its one of those really simple things that helped. I took the time to myself and just though about everything. Time spent alone, going through your thoughts and sorting through everything so its less daunting is one of those magic fixes that I could explain how it works. Nature just has this way of making everything feeling better. And if you don’t like being totally alone, maybe phone home, talk to your family or a friend on your walk. Just because you’ve gone for a walk doesn’t mean you have to be alone.
Have a bath.
Some people hate bath but, I seriously love them. Whats better than sitting down with you favourite book in a warm bath where you can literally sweat your problems away. Okay so they never truly leave but they do for a little bit. If you don’t have a bath, a hot shower is sometimes just as comforting. Sometimes a clean start is literally just what you need.
Thank you for reading. I hope this post helped with dealing with stress in a few ways , these are the things that generally help me, but if you have any more ideas pop them in the comments section down below! We love to hear from you 🙂 I think I’ll do a more in-depth post on this at one point, since its such a universal feeling that we all feel at some point. Let me know if that something you wan to see and thank you for reading!