It’s getting to the pointy end of semester and with just over four weeks until exams, you’re probably starting to feel the pressure of finishing off assignments, tidying up study notes and actually studying. But don’t fret. There are things you can do to make tackling your assignments, study and exams a much easier task.
1. Healthy eating
In high stress situations, it’s vital that your body is getting the right nutrients. Eating healthily does this and ensures that your immune system can help you fight that mental and physical fatigue that stress can bring. When you’re stressed and tired, it’s a lot easier to grab a pizza rather than cook a meal yourself. Do your best to minimise your junk food intake during those high stress times and increase those fresh, vitamin-filled foods. You’ll notice the difference.
2. Take a break
It’s extremely important to take breaks. Stepping away from your computer screen and study notes helps clear your head and give you a fresh perspective. When you spend hours working on assignments, particularly when you don’t feel like you’re making any progress, stress tends to increase. Taking those breaks helps you to unwind. Do something different, fun or relaxing. Regroup and then come back to them, they will still be there.
3. Work it out with a workout
The ideal amount of daily exercise is 30 minutes per day. If you already play a sport on the weekend and train a couple of days a week, you’re well on your way to reaching that target. If you’re not a typically active person, there are little tricks you can do to get up and moving between study sessions. Go for a walk, do a short rotation of easy exercises (10 sit-ups, 10 squats, and 10 star-jumps, repeat) or start your study break with yoga and studying to get zen. It doesn’t have to be strenuous but it definitely helps to get the blood flowing.
And always remember the wise words of Elle Woods (Legally Blonde)'Exercise gives you endorphins and endorphins make you happy.'
If that doesn’t sound like a stress reliever, we don’t know what does.
4. Sign off the socials
In this day and age, it seems we can’t be disconnected for too long. If it’s not texts or emails, it’s notifications from friends on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr… ok we know, you get it – all the socials, distracting you.
If you haven’t learnt already, this type of procrastination only makes you more stressed. Being social is fun and definitely important to reducing that stress, but in person catch ups are always better. Make sure you step away from your electronic gadgets – you might lose your Snapchat streak but at the end of the day, your sanity while juggling assignments and study is way more important.
Sleep is also super important to ensure that your body has enough energy to help you focus, and in turn make you more productive and less stressed. Hopefully you are getting your required seven to eight hours sleep each night. Did you know though that a short 20–30 minute nap can help increase productivity? Just remember to set your alarm.
When it comes to stress, laughter is definitely the best medicine. Laughing out loud actually increases oxygen and blood flow, which in turn reduces stress. Remember to take the time to YouTube a couple of silly cat videos, watch a funny film or spend time with your friends doing nothing in particular. Try not to take things too seriously, and we promise it will make finishing those assignments and getting your study done a whole lot easier.
What are you waiting for, give our tips a try now… Don’t you feel better already?