Feeling stressed at university, you are not alone!
Starting college or university can be quite a stressful period with new surroundings, new people, living on your own, travelling and being away from family as well long nights studying, sleepless nights and addiction to redbull or coffee. At the same time university or college needs to something you look forward to and not dread.
The first signs of stress are:
- sleeping problems
- lack of motivation
- loss of appetite
- feeling tired and sleepy
Here is my college girl guide to making life a bit easier and less stressful and more enjoyable for you.
Get more healthy
- Take up a new sport, get involved with sports and social activities at the university
- Let your down for once and while
- Eat well
- Cut down on alcohool
- Quit smoking if you smoke
- Get lots of sleep
Find out what’s making you anxious
It maybe that dreaded essay you can’t get your head around or having personal or family problems at home, these can make you feel anxious, depressed and stressed so try to elimiate these problems.
Can’t get your head round that essay?
- Have a natter or chat with friends doing the same course to share ideas and experiences and stresses
- Speak to lecturer or personal tutor.
- Post your issue on the VLE/message board for your subject
- Post your issue on the student room community or other online forums or on the facebook group of your subject
Learn to relax and take it easy.
- Put on your favourite dramas or soap on TV
- Have a natter with a friend
- Listen to music
- Buy some audiobooks
- Read a book (unrelated to your course)
- Take up a hobby
- Give blogging a try
- Listen to radio show/debate
- join a club or society
- Read someone elses blog or online journal/diary.
- Do activities that take your mind of it, watch mindless tv.
Try out relaxation and breathing exercises.
- Have a look on youtube for relaxation videos
- Go on amazon and type in relaxation cds and buy a few
- Download a podcast or audiotrack on relaxation on itunes/youtube converter
Take your pick of these
Have a look at NHS Student health