Studying at university can be stressful particularly when assignments are due, or when we are about to undertake our exams. It is so easy to believe that you are alone and that all those around you are not feeling the same pressure as you, but this is not true. Everyone is stressed at these times. So when you are feeling the urge to pull out your hair, bang your head on the wall, or just sit in a corner and cry, just remember that there are many ways to relieve the pressure on yourself.
So here is my top 10 list of STRESS BUSTERS
# 1 – Have coffee with a friend!
This is the best thing to do! Meet up with some of your friends and have a nice cuppa and just talk. You don’t have to talk about study, assignments or anything serious in fact simply talking about every day run of the mill things will take your mind off your troubles and calm you down. There are some great meeting spots on-campus to have a cuppa and chat.
# 2 – The Japanese Gardens!
If you haven’t seen them, you are missing out. They are at the Toowoomba campus and they are amazing. Just sit back, relax and take it all in.
# 3 – Listen to music!
Find a quiet, dark spot, put on your headphones and listen to your favourite music. Blocking out the whole world, even if it’s only for half an hour or an hour, is very soothing.
# 4 – Walk!
If you have a dog, then take Rover for a walk. Everything around you will appear to slow down. If you don’t have a dog, then take yourself for a walk. Don’t always walk the same route, walk a new route each day. It is amazing what you see on foot. Early mornings are a great time to walk!
# 5 – Laugh! Laugh! Laugh!
They say that laughter is the key to happiness! If you are feeling really out of sorts with stress then watch some comedy on YouTube or join a laughter club. They are all the rage and the experts are praising the healing benefits of having a good laugh. There are clubs in Toowoomba:
# 6 – Exercise!
I know it can be hard to get going, but a good workout will provide immediate relief from tension. Even if you can’t bring yourself to break into a sweat, any form of exercise that gets the blood circulating will release the endorphins. Swimming, skipping, stretching or Tai Chi, are fantastic and fun ways to exercise.
# 7 – Be prepared!
This sounds boring and dull but it really does help to relieve the pressure from stressful situations. If you are going into exams, get yourself organised the day before. Pack all the items that you will need, plan the route that you are taking to your examination venue, have some healthy snacks packed to get the brain cells working and leave in plenty of time to get there with time to spare. And of course get plenty of sleep the night before.
# 8 – Chocolate!
It doesn’t matter who you are, this really works and needs no explanation.
# 9 – The unusual Options!
- Wear a rubber band on your wrist – flick it when you’re stressed
- Drink orange juice – it is believed to make you feel less anxious
- Chew gum – studies have shown that it reduces anxiety, stress and enhances multitasking
- Paint – get out the brushes and paint, it is said to promote relaxation
- Blow up balloons – It forces you to breathe deeply, this will relieve stress
# 10 – Read the little book of calm by Paul Wilson!
No, seriously this is a real book, I actually own a copy and it has the most incredibly amusing tips for keeping calm and relaxed. It will definitely put a smile on your face and provide some really obscure tips like: ‘Wear Donald Duck underpants’ & ‘Add a dab of lavender to milk; leave town with an orange, and pretend you’re laughing at it’.
Here’s a funny clip that may help to relieve stress:
If you have any useful Stress Buster tips please share with all of us, we would love to hear from you!
Until next time,