Take The Stress Out of Exams

By University of Gloucestershire Modified on March 10, 2018

Get tips on how to handle your stress from University of Gloucestershire.

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Exams are coming and perhaps you are also anxiously anticipating the results of your University applications. This is a stressful time for many students. If you have accepted a place at University you may be worried about budgeting or establishing a new social circle.

Have you been feeling irritable? Do you have trouble sleeping? Or perhaps you just feel overwhelmed.

Here are a couple suggestions to help you cope:

Exercise
Activity can help you reduce stress levels, because when your body is active it releases endorphins which make you feel good. Head to the gym or the park; run, jog, walk or maybe try yoga or pilates!

The University of Gloucestershire offers dozens of sports clubs and opportunities to play with friends on a casual basis with UNIversal Sport, which welcomes students of all abilities.

Meditation
Take a moment to sit quietly on your own and focus on your breathing. Let everything else go and calm your mind. It’s worth a go, especially now that we spend so much time plugged into so many different types of media.

Hang with a pet
Just stroking a dog can decrease cortisol, the stress hormone, and increase hormones like oxytocin and serotonin. It’s not magic, it’s science. If the work or the worry is getting to you find a furry friend… or even a scaly one.

If you don’t have access to your own pet then volunteering to walk dogs at re-homing centres is great stress relief for both you and the animals!

Sleep
Napping saves lives. And when you’re still a student you can always afford 20 minutes for a nap. Instead of letting Netflix auto-play another episode of The Big Bang Theory or Better Call Saul, take a nap instead. You’ll feel better for it and you’ll be more productive.

If you’re struggling to overcome the stress and it’s developing into anxiety and depression be sure to consult a Doctor or a support network. Here at the University of Gloucestershire we boast award winning student support services, including Mental Health & Wellbeing Advisers available to help you take your first steps towards rebalancing and conquering your goals!