I’m sure I’ve written a post very similar to this one before but it feels like today is a really good time to just ramble on and get those creative juices flowing. Basically, I’m STRESSED – unbelievably, ridiculously stressed – and it’s not a good feeling. I’ve been working really hard lately to plan and get started on my assignments that are all due within two weeks of each other in May and it’s really started to take its toll. I handed my dissertation draft in last week and went to visit my supervisor after a particularly stressful day and ended up crying in her office – absolutely mortifying. Luckily she is absolutely lovely and helped me to find books and gave me lots of advice to get my work on track, but with so much to do in the next few weeks I feel like I’m really struggling.
For me it feels like it’s crunch time. Pretty much all of the school work, exams, revision, essay writing and years of studying that I’ve ever done will all come down to the final grades I get at university and it’s really worrying. I know that there is more to life than university and getting good grades, but as someone who has always strived to do well academically I really am feeling the pressure, and I’m sure a lot of you are too.
April and May can be a really shitty month filled with exams and deadlines and I thought that for today’s post I would write about some of the things that help me deal with stress. I may not be the best person to write something like this as I am a constant ball of worry, but these are the things I do when it all gets a little too much!
1. Go for a walk – when your uni/school work or revision is getting a little too much and you can just see words swirling around the page then take a break. Go for a walk, whether it’s for ten minutes or one hour, and just get away from your desk and your notes. Breathe in the fresh air and just relax and honestly you’ll feel so much better. It really helps me to calm down and when I go back to my notes with a fresh mind I can often see the answers I was searching for in the first place.
2. Exercise – similar to going for a walk I just love going to the gym when I’m stressed out. Taking an hour out, lacing up my trainers and hitting the gym for a gruelling work out always helps to take my mind off things. Releasing those endorphins will help to relieve stress and feelings of anxiety and will also help you to have a better night’s sleep, another bonus for those of you who are kept up with worry about your exams/assignments.
3. Have a nice hot shower/bath – there really is nothing better than a little pamper night (check out how I pamper myself here). Have a lovely hot shower or bath, use up some of your favourite bath products, wash your hair and give your head and temples a good massage and, when you come out, slather yourself in body moisturiser to leave your skin feeling soft before hopping into your pyjamas. This will relax you before another long night of studying.
4. Take a break – for one night sometimes it’s good to take a break away from your notes and laptop. Spend time with your friends or family, read a book or catch up on some blogging. I always feel super guilty if I’m spending any time away from my work but sometimes this really is needed. If you keep constantly staring at your work it’s going to haunt you and you’re going to make silly mistakes, at least that’s what I do. That time away will refresh your mind and allow you to look into things with a clear head afterwards.
5. If all else fails… Online shopping – I know this certainly cheers me up when I’m down in the dumps haha! I decided to treat myself to a few items of clothing on Wednesday as I had worked so hard over the past few weeks and just felt like I needed a little pick me up. I know all you beauty and fashion bloggers love a little online shop too 😉
It may be tough now, but all this hard work will pay off in the end. It is really difficult to have faith though and right now the thought of another month of university work and assignments with no time to do anything else in between is really daunting. However, I’m sure through using these little tips I will be able to get through it, even if it is a struggle!
How do you combat assignment/revision stress?
Lots of love,
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