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How to survive stress as a student

How to survive stress as a student

Feeling stressed at university is not uncommon, in fact, recent research by Natwest found that almost half of UK students reported feeling extremely stressed during their studies.

Finding your independence is one of the advantages of university life, but it can come with its fair share of stress. Study goals, money trouble, living away from home and the impact of COVID-19 can all play on your mind.

Here are a few tips to keep the worry at bay:

Find the source of the stress

Whatever the problem the first step is to identify where your stress is coming from. When you've found the problem it will be easier to tackle it head-on and prevent it from interfering in the other parts of your life.

Talk to someone

Isolation can have an extremely negative impact on your happiness. Accepting that you need help and talking to someone is often the first step to feeling better.

Time Management

People often get stressed when they feel that they're running out of time to complete a task - this could be study or work related or even stem from feeling overwhelmed with social activities. However, simple time management techniques can help you to feel more relaxed and focused.

Get enough sleep

Stress can often interrupt your sleeping pattern so try to do everything you can to relax yourself before going to bed.

Other stress-busting methods

  • Take your mind off it. Do something you enjoy and that will distract you for a while like listening to music, reading, baking or crafts.
  • Eat healthily and consume fresh foods.
  • Change your mind set and adopt a positive attitude.
  • Take a break from social media. Comparing yourself and your productivity to others is a recipe for disaster.
  • Laugh. Laughing out load actually increases oxygen and blood flow, which immediately reduces stress. Spend time with a funny friend, watch something silly or book tickets to the local comedy club.

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