Seeing as I have exams coming up pretty soon, I need as many de-stressing strategies as possible!
Therefore, I am going to share with you a few of my favourite techniques and websites for when things get a bit tough.
A universal relaxation technique enjoyed by pretty much everyone. Although, stress relief does come in more than one genre. Typically associated with de-stressing is the classical/soft variety of music, however, I personally enjoy mixing it up with some energetic anthems to keep me feeling positive and awake (especially with my late-night-last-minute cramming).
Musicovery is a website where you can choose the degree of energy, genre, tempo etc. of music from a vast range of radios/playlists. It’s really simple to use and it’s free (though there is a subscription option). There’s also an iPhone/Android (?) app so you can take it anywhere. I’ve found it makes great background music for studying (if you’re into that).
Another awesome website is ZenCast. ZenCast is a site where you can customise various elements of sound in nature to your liking, volume, etc. and just sit back and relax to the sound of 60% campfire, 20% Calm River, 20% European Robin (my settings as I write this!) I love using this when I’m writing study notes, or writing an essay or story. It can also be used to help you fall asleep, and has a sleep timer, too!
As counterproductive as it sounds, doing nothing can help you to prevent procrastination and stimulate effective study! Sometimes, especially if you’ve just completed a strenuous task, having a five minute break allows you to rest, as well as de-clutter your mind before moving onto another task. I find that after about an hour of solid study, I begin the open tabs of tumblr. and youtube, distracting me and forcing my motivation to slip.
Having the right food around you when you are stressed is essential! Many foods (especially fruits and veg) can help your body fight against physical and mental barriers: including stress! So I’ve compiled a list of foods that alleviate stress, with some serving suggestions:
- Avodaco: Spread 1/4 of an avocado on a slice of toast, or on your favourite wrap or sandwich!
- Berries: Try a mixed-berry smoothie, or yoghurt. Also, slice strawberries and dust with icing sugar for a slightly more indulgent snack.
- Chamomile Tea: A lovely desk-side companion! Try having some before bed, too, for a soothing sleep.
- Walnuts: A light snack you can take to your desk and munch on while working. Also tastes amazing with sour-cream and in various salads.
- Chocolate: Ok, so even if Chocolate’s stress relief properties are claimed to be myths, it’s important to reward yourself for all the hard work you’re doing.
Escapism is always the best form of stress relief, for me personally (best ’till last!). I find that sinking into a nice book and absorbing in the setting, and empathising with the characters just lifts a great amount of weight from your shoulders. Nostalgic books work best for me (Harry Potter), because they not only take me into another world, but remind me of the times of when I discovered the book, or first read it – simpler times. I am not going to be compiling a reading list (maybe another time? Let me know if you’re interested in this) as I would feel bad for undoubtedly leaving something out, and your favourite books are completely subjective.
Thanks for taking the time to read this long and probably unamusing post! Good luck to anyone who has a test or stressful event coming up in the future!