Life as a university student is fantastic in so many ways. The buzz of meeting new people and forging meaningful, long-lasting friendships; the feeling of independence and standing on your own two feet; and of course, the next step in your learning journey.
However, you are still not immune from the ups and downs life throws at us all. No matter how great a time you are having, you can still experience the unpleasant feeling of stress somewhere along the way.
Part of being human is experiencing a range of emotions. It can be sparked by anything – money worries, relationship issues, coursework, or family problems are just a handful of examples. The good news is, there is no shortage of ways to combat stress. The even better news is, it doesn’t involve reinventing the wheel or splashing out a scary sum of money. Here are three tips to deal with stress as a student:
Countless respected figures from the medical world are passionate advocates of the theory that exercise is hugely beneficial for both our bodies and our minds. It’s not about running the London Marathon or swimming the Channel – something much less ambitious and closer to home will do the trick.
Physical exertion releases endorphins in the brain which exude positivity. Even 20-30 minutes per day is sure to bring around a significant improvement in your disposition. This could be a walk from your student accommodation to the local amenities in the lovely fresh air, a stint on the treadmill at a nearby gym, a few lengths in the swimming pool or a game of five-a-side football, to name but a few.
YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
In a similar vein to the first point, this isn’t about doing something drastic and suddenly restricting yourself to a stick of celery and a glass of water! High-profile nutritionists have frequently highlighted the benefits of a balanced diet when it comes to overcoming life’s obstacles.
Just a few extra vegetables and pieces of fruit a day, along with plenty of fluids to keep you hydrated, will encourage a brighter outlook and, crucially, provide you with a lot more energy. Why earmark one or two days a week (perhaps not Friday and Saturday, the traditional ‘treat nights’) for particularly healthy meals.
It is very important to remember that there is absolutely no shame in feeling stressed. The stigma associated with expressing such feelings is being broken down thanks to successful public campaigns by the likes of Lady Gaga and the Prince and Duchess of Cambridge.
It is amazing how much better you feel about something when you open up and share it with someone – perhaps a friend, relative, or member of staff at university or your student accommodation. Sometimes the problem doesn’t seem as big once you have talked it through. Even if it still does, by confiding in someone you trust, you are enlisting the help of someone who can offer fresh solutions and come at it from a different angle.