Five ways to de-stress while you’re at uni
There are so many activities, services and resources offered to students that can really help you to unwind and feel less stressed, especially at times like exam block.
These are my five tips about stressing less at uni:
#1 Get involved
In the few weeks leading up to exams, there are various on-campus workshops, events and activities on as part of Stress Less Week. Activities have included a petting zoo, free food days and free yoga, organised by the Student Guild. By getting involved, you not only get to have fun at uni, but you will also learn some crucial tips to better manage study load and other exam management tools.
#2 Be organised
Griffith Student Services provide counselling and wellbeing services that are available 24×7. Keep an eye out for success and wellbeing workshops running throughout the semester to keep on top of ways to learn about stress management, self-care, building resilience and managing exam anxiety, just to name a few.
#3 Participate in sports and social events
It’s normal to feel like time is running out and that you therefore don’t have time for sporting or social events because you have to study. However, you should also be mindful of the time you’re spending on studying and how much information you’re retaining! Sometimes hitting the Uni Fitness for some yoga classes or hanging out with some friends at the coffee shop will help you refocus, as well as improving your mental wellbeing and state of mind.
#4 Sleep well, eat healthy and drink water
When you feel stressed about uni, it’s very easy to forget the necessity of life. Good sleeping habits help me to concentrate better. There are many food options on campus to choose from, but be mindful of what you eat. Lastly, there are water fountains all around the uni. Please bring your water bottle and make sure you’re drinking enough water to keep your body hydrated.
#5 Positive affirmations
When you’re feeling stressed, remember to take a moment to reinforce your hard work and dedication with some positive affirmations. Take a deep breath and focus on your breathing for a few seconds – you can do this anywhere on campus, and don’t be shy to get your friends involved!
And remember, we’re all in this together and there’s always help available.
By Steven Wey