Making it into university is one thing, but surviving the semester is an entirely different story. With multiple assignments all due in the same week and an exam block looming on the horizon, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. To make sure you stress a little less this semester, check out our stress management tips for students.
Manage your time
A skill you will use for the rest of your working life is time management. If you can learn how to allocate your time well and get tasks done, you will be an enviable candidate for any job. There is no one way to manage your time, but find out what works for you. Invest in time management apps, get a calendar, a diary, anything that will help you organise your tasks.
It may seem counterintuitive to actually take a break and go get some fresh air, but it’s important for your mental and physical well-being. Going outside for a walk or run will improve your productivity as you get refreshed and revived. Even during exam block, it’s important to maintain a regular exercise routine as much as possible.
As you make it through the semester, it’s easy to get discouraged or dread your final exams. Try to avoid thinking negatively about your results and your future as it will impact the quality of your work. Don’t spend time with fellow students who are constantly worried about their marks as their doubt will rub off on you. Always keep a positive attitude and surround yourself with positive people.
We all know that spending time outdoors improves our health and well-being, so make it a priority. When exams are coming and deadlines are looming, it’s easy to get stuck indoors 24/7. Take the dog for a walk, kick a ball in the backyard, or jump in the pool. Even just 10 minutes in the sun will leave you feeling better.
And eat well too for that matter. During stressful times, it’s important to make sure you are doing what you can to keep your body feeling energised. Eat a balanced diet, drink lots of water and make sure you get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. Don’t pull an all-nighter to get your work done, it’ll just set you back in the long run.
Sign out of social media
It may feel like a stress reliever, but really social media is just a time-waster. Get rid of the distraction altogether by signing out of your accounts at the start of each day. Give yourself a break from the constant updates and the funny cat videos. You may find that you suddenly have more hours back in your day.
Do something fun
Whether it’s going to the beach for a swim, cooking up a storm in the kitchen or curling up with a good book, make sure you set aside some time for fun. Figure out what activity or hobby makes you de-stress and do more of it. Regularly, plan to spend time with friends, so you can leave your assignments behind for a couple of hours at least.