The dictionary definition of stress is “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances”. This could be from any situation; school, work, family or friends. I’ve been feeling stressed out recently because of the following reasons:
- I’ve had three university interviews in three weeks
- I’m organising a ceilidh to fundraise for my gap year
- I’m revising Maths for my QTS skills test
- I’m revising for my A Level mock exams
But I’ll be giving you my best de-stressing advice to ensure that stress levels are kept to a minimum.
1. Write it all down
Write a list of all of the things you need to do and then prioritise the things that need to be done first. Make a timetable to ensure that you are spending an equal time on each subject or topic.
2. Ensure you get enough fresh air and exercise
A quick 15 minute walk around your neighbourhood really isn’t too much to ask for, is it? You’ll feel so much better afterwards as you’ll be leaving your house to get some fresh air, whilst doing a gentle form of exercise. Walking really helps to relax me and clear my head.
3. Take a relaxing bath
During exam season, one of my favourite things to do is take a really long bubble bath where I can just lie down, relax and listen to my favourite songs. This puts me in a great mood for the week ahead and it allows me to reflect of the previous week.
4. Find a hobby that you enjoy
Make sure you have a hobby that you can do when you just want to do something that you enjoy. For example, you could learn how to unicycle, juggle, knit, bake etc.
5. Talk to someone
Sharing your feelings with someone else can really help and chances are they understand as they’re going through the same thing or have done in the past. You can explain how you feel and they’ll offer you more advice of how to manage with your stress levels.