Saturday, 21 October 2017

How I'm Relieving Built Up Stress


One month into university and I'm feeling more stressed than ever. After being welcomed into the first two weeks with excitement, socialising and a drink in hand, it has come to the time where everything is getting a bit on top of me. I'm currently staring at the 5 deadlines on my pinboard behind my laptop screen... all dates requiring to be met by the end of November. Stressed, to say the least. Meeting deadlines is ridiculously strict at university - one minute late and points can get deducted from your final mark. In terms of meeting these deadlines, I'm well underway but just the word makes me instantly panic. To ease this feeling and reduce my inner stress, I have been doing a few things recently to help me keep a balanced lifestyle and maintain my initial happiness when I first moved to Lincoln.




My number one tip if you're feeling stressed it to REACH OUT. Whether that be to a family member, close friend or even watching a video on the internet, reaching out to someone can be the best thing to help set your mind to a better state. A few years ago I always thought that letting out my feelings puts stress on other people and pushed my problems onto their lives. This cannot be more wrong; just by chatting to your best mate about you workload and how you're feeling can help to relieve built up emotions. It is okay to cry when things get too much - I am generally an emotional person so I tend to cry if I get overwhelmed, but speaking your problems aloud will, for sure, take a little weight off your shoulder. Remember, you are NEVER alone.

Take some time out for yourself. I know it is super cliche to say 'have a pamper evening' or 'make a hot drink and watch a cute film' but you need to schedule some 'YOU TIME'. However, rather than just whacking on a face mask and sipping your cuppa, have a little reflection on what you want to achieve. My stress right now is purely through my university workload and deadlines being met. Thus, I'm using my 'me-time' to remind myself why I've decided to come to university to motivate me to not give up. My aspirations include working for the police force, having a career within crime scene investigation and bringing justice to suffering families so thinking about this when times are stressful encourage me to keep going so I can achieve my goals. 


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All I seem to do is talk about my love for planners and journals, mainly for the reason that I'm obsessed with list-making and organisation. Stay organised is my key to fulfilling a more stress-free haven. If I didn't write down a list of tasks that I need to accomplish every day, then I would PANIC. It is such a refreshing feeling ticking off work, activities or appointments you've attended; scheduling your day to be productive is something I abide by and will always do throughout my student life. A top tip for list-making is to not overload yourself - don't overestimate yourself and write 13 things on your list when you have a day full of lectures, school or working for several hours. Make a list of achievable tasks that you know you can try to stick to as much as possible for the day ahead.

Finally, either set a time of day or an evening in the week where you purely schedule it to do whatever you want. For instance, on a week day, I've told myself to stop doing work from 8 o'clock onwards. This works in favour for myself as I cannot concentrate in the evenings when I know I have early morning lectures the following day. It also allows time for me to write my blog posts, edit my videos and catch up on tv series before falling asleep. Over the first month of university, I've found that when I'm working into the evening, I struggle to sleep as my mind is so energised. Choosing a specific time to stop working has allowed my brain to settle down and try to regulate a decent sleeping pattern.


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What do you do to de-stress? 


Lots of love

Char x

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