[Golden Thread] Top tips for dealing with stress and upcoming plans/changes Watch
This time of year can be really stressful whether you're awaiting exam results, about to take your next big life leap, or whatever else might be happening in your life.
It can be so much easier to cope with big changes or extra stress by having healthy coping mechanisms and knowing how to look after yourself when it feels like things are just piling up, but it can be hard to know where to start.
So, what are your top tips for dealing with stress and upcoming change/plans? Your tips based on your experience might be exactly what someone needs to know at the same point in their life, and you might pick up some good ones yourself!
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I like to have stuff planned
so for me usually doing something about it helps
if that's re-planning very quickly or contacting people or just doing something vaguely productive
Meet friends; if you have no friends or they're unavailable then go outside and walk anywhere with some music in your ears. Drive with some music playing with no concrete destination.
Eat healthily and cook proper meals everyday, ones that take planning and preparation, something you have never done before.
Clean, with some music in your ears of course.
Create an exercise plan and stick to it. Get the endorphins rushing.
Know that it's probably not worth stressing over. For example if you're worried about not getting into uni when you're 18, take a look at people a few years older, some people resat twice, some people went to uni as a mature student, some never went. This bubble isn't your entire life. If you're stressed about something which you think will never get any better, then do the things above and realise that it's better to focus on doing what's best for now. An analogy is a pension; for many, the best option for the future is to put money into a pension, but it isn't worth worrying about what ifs in thirty years, because there's nothing you can do about that, they just choose the best option for now.
Have back up plans, making sure you have the resources to fulfill them.
What do you major in?
In regards to uni stress: having a time and hobby outside of uni - for me everything I did revolved around science, from what I studied to what I read and watched on TV. Having started picking up reading fiction books and going to the gym, my mind feels able to relax and actually feel sharper when it does come to studying!
Release stress/anger, do something to calm down, do something you enjoy and that makes you happy, go back with a clear positive mind and think things true clearly.
I usually just cry it out, go for a walk and listen to music, clean the kitchen and then make my favourite food. After that I’m calm and can think clearly and more positively.
I often coped with stress by surprisingly doing more work for something else - especially if I had exams the next week/day as this was useful and took my mind off of the previous exam(s)