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The question everyone wants the answer to: “how can I not be stressed?”

A hefty workload and the lack of organization can affect the way a student feels, which ultimately affects their minds. The simple answer to relieving stress is changing your mindset; if you do not believe that you are stressed, you will not feel stressed. The simple act of changing your thoughts can make you more optimistic. Many students with stress have an ‘I can’t’ mindset which needs to shift to an ‘I can’ one. So, when it comes to stress and finding your way out, it is all in the mind.

I know of many students that are continually distressing about their grades because every test, quiz, exam and assignment is assessed so the marks determine the final result. Another reason for the stress is because of conflict with university timetables and extracurricular activities. Many students have part-time jobs or voluntary work and extra-curricular activities that they
must attend before or after university and on weekends. This causes more stress for students because many of them feel like they cannot manage to maintain a social life alongside the workload of university.

“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” 

Relaxation is nowadays blurred: “I am too stressed to relax” or “I don’t have time to relax”.

But it is vital to not let stress elevate and get out of control because stress affects our body, thoughts, feelings and behaviour and if left untreated, it can result in many health problems: high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

“Do not work to stress, but work to success.”

When you work hard, you stress and when you stress, you lose productivity which makes you even more stressed. Much of this stress is because of distractions and lack of breaks.

Here are two quick and easy tips to help break this cycle:

1. Breaks
Otherwise, your ability to concentrate will be non-existent. You need to take a break to refresh your mind. Whilst taking a break, you can do some stretches, go outside in the garden, cool yourself by taking an ice lolly/slush and practise deep breathing.

Breaks help you get more done in the best state of mind!

2. No Electronics
Put all electronic devices in your cupboard, away from your sight, and on silent. Allow yourself time to sit and do nothing because even a good five minutes of this will revitalise you.

I personally believe there needs to be a form of practice at an early age for students, where they are taught and told that they do have the ability to control their mindset and how it should always remain positive and bright no matter what comes their way.

Everyone should always be happy!

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