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How to cope with all of the stress that university throws at you

University can be stressful, with exams and deadlines quickly creeping up on you.

Here are some useful stress hacks to help you get you through this busy time:

Practice mindful breathing

Apparently, focusing on your breathing and taking deep breaths can help you take your mind off any stressful situations. Research shows that certain breathing techniques reduce stress, and even improves concentration. To relax, inhale for six seconds; hold your breath for seven; then exhale for eight.

Get outside

Being outside can be the best way to take a much-needed break from studying. Go outside, look at nature and take some pictures. Clearing your head in the open air is one of the easiest ways to de-stress.

Take frequent breaks

Taking breaks is so important. Regular breaks will improve your concentration and the quality of your work. Do something to take your mind of everything for a while. Whether that’s cooking, seeing friends or family, or even taking a quick nap. Having around 30 minutes, or even an hour to yourself, will regenerate your brain and make it easier to carry on your work.

Get organised

There are many ways to keep yourself organised; even the smallest organisational hacks will help make your life a little easier. Making lists will help you break down tasks, which makes them feel more manageable. Also, making a schedule on a calendar will help you manage your time efficiently in time for your deadlines.

Make sure that you get enough sleep

Sleep and stress go hand in hand. If you haven't had enough sleep, your day will be a lot more difficult. When going to bed, stay off social media and any turn off electronic devices. Try and read a book instead; studies show that this helps relax your mind before sleeping.

Exercise

Whether you enjoy exercising or not, it is one of the best ways to reduce stress. If you don’t like the gym, then do a form of exercise you do enjoy. Anything will work!

Pamper yourself

Looking after yourself is the best way to make yourself feel good. Take a bath, put a face mask on, light a candle and relax until all of your stresses melt away.

Listen to some music

Listening to music whilst you study is a great way to keep your mind relaxed and stress-free. Whether that’s soft jazz, punk rock, or RnB; put it on in the background and enjoy doing your work.

Treat yourself

Taking time out doing something you like is so important. If you enjoy shopping, go and buy something nice. Go socialising, and see your friends and family. If you love eating, go for a meal. Taking your mind off studying is crucial.

Take time for yourself

No matter how much work and how many deadlines you have at university, the best thing to do is to take time for yourself too. Don’t put yourself under so much pressure, and fit your study’s around what makes you happy.

How do you manage university stress? Let us know in the comments.

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