By Alana Says... 17:13 Alana Says... , alana-says.blogspot.co.uk , lifestyle
We've all been there... piled under with deadlines, a lot on at work or just feeling a little stressed out with life. I mentioned recently that I'm snowed under with university assignments and this weekend I decided to drive back home to try and get some work done whilst enjoying home-made dinners. On the drive home I ended up being involved in a car accident. I was hit from behind by a car and forced forward. Unfortunately for me the car is a write off, fortunately though no one was seriously hurt although I am a bit battered and bruised. This obviously hasn't helped to much on the stress front though so here are my go to tips on how to handle stress...
1. Eat yourself smart- Now I'm no nutritionist, but I am a firm believer in eating good makes you feel good. It is so tempting when you're sat at your desk or in the library to snack on chocolate or even grab a quick bite from MacDonald's instead of eating properly, trust me I know and for a while I was eating chocolate and crisps instead of a meal. There isn't anything wrong with the odd treat but completely living of sugar is going to lead to a sugar crash. When you're working hard, you need your energy up. I remember when I was in sixth form being told to eat brain food such as; oily fish, eggs, blueberries, tomatoes and remember drink lots of water. Trust me eating healthier will make you feel so much better.(find out more about brain food here)
2. Sleep right- A lot of students pull all nighters when trying to meet those dreaded deadlines, I've occasionally done it myself. In the short run there isn't really any harm done especially when you can spend the next day sleeping. But in the long run, when you have a busy stressful couple of weeks, you can't stay up all night and expect your body to keep running like normal. Make sure you get the required amount of sleep, it's difficult to clear your mind when you're stressed. But create a little sleeping routine. I love a mug of options hot chocolate, a lovely scented candle and I read until I feel sleepy, then I just pop on an eye mask. This really helps and the next day I'm up and raring to go, instead of living of coffee and yarning through lectures. Find whats right for you though. My friend always sprays a lavender sleep spray and bans herself from technology half an hour before she wants to be asleep.
3. Treat yourself- When you're busy with work or uni it can be hard not to dedicate all your time to getting your tasks done. But it can be so depressing to spend all your time working and I always find if I force myself to spend all day working, I actually end up shopping or stalking friends on Facebook. Take breaks and make sure you treat yourself. Whether it's a night in with the girls, a bubble bath with a glass of wine whilst watching something on your laptop or even just doing your nails, taking the time to treat yourself, makes you feel better and actually you get more done in the long run.
4. Get out- A change of scene can really lift your mood. I get so bored working at my desk, I begin to watch people on the street. Grab your bags and get out! One of the girls I live with, Zaina, and I have started making sure we go to our local coffee shop. We take all our work with us, get a cup of tea and cake and spend an afternoon there. It feels like we're actually doing something more fun than writing essays or researching topics.
5. Move- I'm not a huge lover of running until I've actually finished the run. Then I feel great! I'll openly admit the only time I actually see the point to running is when I'm being chased or if I'm running after something. But getting moving, whether a gym class, walk or quick jog really helps clear the mind and helps relieve the body of stress. So grab your trainers and walk round the block if you don't fancy a run. It will totally make you feel better after sitting at a desk or working all day.
6. Get organised- I know its an obvious one. But for a long time, I was always planning to file tomorrow or writing something on an old receipt then losing it. I still occasionally write a quick note on my hand, but I've found printing off my lectures and filing them away by week makes it so much easier to keep on top of what I need to do. Get organised, buy yourself some pretty stationery. I love a good notebook, pen or set of highlighters... the list could so go on. Make yourself a 'To do' list. Be realistic, writing a to do list as long as your arm is just going to make you feel frustrated when you can't tick everything off. I set myself a time limit and think what I can realistically get done in that time. I also find keeping a diary keeps me unto date with deadlines. My friend has a calendar and it really helps her to visually see what she has on in that month. I'm a scatter brain and having a notebook and diary allows me to write down what I need to do and stay stress free... or less stressed. Whatever helps you feel on top of what you need to do, is going to to help you in the long run.
Remember as stressed out as you may feel, it will get better. If you have any tips or little de-stressting tricks I would love to hear them.
Love Alana xxx