The semester is dwindling down to the end and I cannot be more relieved. It honestly has been a drag and I am so ready to ditch my current classes. However, there are many hurdles to get past along the way; projects, presentations, and final exams. It seems like professors just love cramming everything towards the end and having their students reach maximum stress levels! That being said, I thought I would share how I reduce stress in these kind of situations.
1. Try and get enough sleep
I know this is incredibly hard to do as time runs out. There is simply so much to be done and our sleep tends to suffer. However, I try my best to squeeze in a decent night’s sleep and often treat myself to sleeping in one day during the weekend. Being well rested definitely makes a difference in how you feel throughout the day and brings your stress levels down. Even if you have a lot of work, if you are falling asleep through it, chances are there will be a lack of quality. Make it a point to catch some Zzz’s!
2. Aromatic therapy
I always study in my room. I find that suits me best because in public places, even the library because I tend to get distracted by my surroundings. During finals week, you will find me holed up in my room and only leaving for journeys to the kitchen (haha). As a blogger and a girl, I love candles. I cannot get enough of them. Whenever I study, I always have one burning and I found it makes your surroundings more soothing. So find a candle with your favorite scent. I find the especially calming ones are scents like clean cotton/fresh laundry. If you are into more of the husky scents, think about trying some incense! It is much more of a potent smell and the sight of the smoke wafting through the room is equally as calming.
3. Tea/Coffee/Hot Chocolate
Depending on my mood, I like to make a warm cup of something to sip on as I work. Tea is a given and you can get a special blend that is specifically made for relaxing (Chamomile, etc.). I am a coffee addict and you can most always find me drinking a cup. If you are having a late night snack craving, make yourself a cup of hot cocoa! You can even go crazy and add some marshmallows. It satisfies your sweet tooth and did you know that chocolate is a natural anxiety reducer?
I am addicted to music. I start my routine with it and end my routine with it. Music accompanies me as I shower, walk to class, and go to sleep. If you are feeling super stressed, make a playlist with music that calms you. Throw some headphones on and zone out for a couple of minutes. It is like music meditation and works like a charm! Or if you can listen to it without getting distracted, put it on as background noise as you study. To study I cannot get enough of these playlists by Ta-ku. The “Drive slow, homie” and nujabes tribute is beyond amazing. As for relaxing, I have been loving the Otis Redding and J. Holiday stations on Pandora! I live for old and new school R&B!
5. Plan ahead
I live by my planner. As soon as I get assignments, I open it up and jot it down and make sure to mark the due date on my calendar. Sometimes I can be so forgetful and certain things just leave my mind. By physically writing what I have to do down, it is embedded in my memory more and I can keep track of everything I have to do in relation to each other. By planning ahead, especially as all the work is due at once, it takes a lot of stress off your shoulders. You know when everything is coming and can plan accordingly. Plus, I am the type of person who likes to get things done A.S.A.P. and often times I have assignments done way before they are even due. This is definitely one of my strengths as a student and I am proud of it!!
Those are my 5 tips to reducing stress, especially at the end of the semester! Shout out to all my readers who are currently in school too! Balancing work, a blog, school, and whatever else you have going on in life can be quite the struggle. If you are feeling overwhelmed, take a step back and focus on yourself for a moment. I am hoping that at least one of these tips can help you reduce your stress levels! I would love to hear your own stress reducing tips. Leave a comment below!