Making changes for Stress Awareness Month

Life as a student certainly has its ups and downs, and stress is a completely normal emotion to feel from time to time – small amounts of stress can even be healthy, believe it or not.

However, it’s a feeling that can build up easily, and become unmanageable if left untreated.

April is Stress Awareness Month, and has been celebrated every April since 1992, to raise awareness about the causes and cures of stress in modern society.

As it draws closer and closer to the exam period, it’s perfectly normal for feelings of stress and nervousness to creep up, but there are tactics you can employ to keep those feelings of stress at bay.

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Knowing when to stop is honestly not something I am personally very good at, I am still learning that it’s important to listen to my body and know my own limits. Feeling stressed or allowing yourself to get over stressed, should not be a daily norm and whether you realise it or not could also be causing other problems for both your physical and mental health. Last week I reached a point where I had to stop, I had to put my wellbeing first; after battling through headaches and an ear infection at the beginning of the week, by Thursday I was exhausted and felt like I was coming undone. I made the mistake for not listening to my body, of not slowing down and not allowing myself to rest and recover. . For #stressawarenessmonth this April I am going to be making more of a conscious effort to listen to my body and respond to what it needs. Sometimes that will be going to bed very early, sometimes that will be visiting a doctor to get checked out and sometimes that will be KNOWING I NEED TO STOP. . #morningmotivation #stressawareness #stress #stressedout #stressfree #stressmanagement #stressreduction #knowwhentostop #rest #letyourselfrest #listentoyourbody #listentoyourneeds #loveyourbody #learntostop #health #wellbeing #mentalhealth #laurajaneillustrations #hellohappee

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COPING

If the study blues are getting you down, and your revision to-do list is ever growing, you’re not the only one.

One of the best things to do can be to throw yourself into work, and start crossing things off your list. Make sure to prioritise your tasks, depending on your deadlines and how long it will take you to complete each item.

However, it’s also important to know when to take a break from everything, to lower stress levels and improve mental health. Take regular short breaks throughout your study time, and use the time to go outside, stretch your legs and get some fresh air. This will reinvigorate you for the rest of your study time, ensure you’re more productive and don’t experience burnout.

MENTAL HEALTH

It’s also important to recognise that you can only study for so long before your brain stops retaining information. If you’ve been studying since 9am, chances are by 5pm you’re not working at the same momentum as you were in the morning.

Designate your time in the evenings as time to do what you enjoy, and unwind. Meet up with friends and share your study worries, hang out with family or just chill out and watch some TV – all simple things we can do to zone out of the stress and escape for a few hours.

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Stress awareness is no April fools joke; many of us struggle daily to manage stress. We live and work in a world where it has actually become a norm to feel stressed daily at work, but it shouldn’t be. Stress does a lot of damage inside, it weakens your immune system, can increase your blood pressure and often lead to physical illness if not taken seriously. Stress is actually a way that our body communicates with us when it’s time to stop, take a breath and reevaluate; very often it is your body trying to tell you not to take on any more! This month is #stressawarenessmonth, it’s time to stop and take note of how often you feel stressed throughout the day and start to consider what you can do to reduce this. . Share your ideas of simple things we can all try to do at work or at home this month to help reduce our stress levels. I would love to create more posts like this one illustrating your anti stress tips, tricks and ideas 💡 . #stressawareness #antistress #stress #managingstress #stressrelief #stressedout #stressfree #aprilisstressawarenessmonth #laurajaneillustrations #hellohappee

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No matter how you celebrate Stress Awareness Month, we hope you do something that makes you feel good and takes your mind far, far away from school, if only for a few hours!

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