The post-holiday weeks are always tough. It’s a mixture of getting back into the routine of uni, and trying to catch up on all the deadlines.

Here are some of my best tips to tackle stress:

1. Talk

We are all at university, we all have the same problems of essays to hand in, seminars to prepare and exams to study for. One of the few good things about this is that we can therefore relate to each other. Try to reduce your stress by talking to someone about it, connect with people. We’re all in the same boat, and we have to support each other to stay afloat.

If you do not feel like talking to anybody here, try your friends from home. Unfortunately, stress follows you wherever you are, so I guarantee they can relate as well.

Finally, theres the option that never fails. Your number one fans, the true believers of your success: family. My family will never cease to motivate me, and put me back on track.

2. Eat healthy

This is a tough one, especially for me. The harsh truth is that your health and mood is incredibly affected by whats inside. To feel good, and active, and happy, you have to give your body what it needs to be good and active and happy. Here are some of the top (and yummy) super foods:

  • Blueberries: help protect you against heart diseases, cancer and improves your memory (especially important for exam season!)
  • Goji berries: filled with vitamins, and aids brain activity, digestion and wellbeing
  • Chocolate: yes !!! I will never cease to bring up a 2009 study that concluded with the fact that chocolate reduces stress hormones
  • Green tea: helps with stress, depression, headaches… anything really

3. Exercise

I know this is another tough one but exercise will make your days pass so much easier. It helps with an insane range of things such as self-esteem and mood to your energy and sleep quality. Even if you’re not a big gym junkie, it is at least worth going for a run. If its for 10 minutes or an hour, it will affect you, that is a promise !

4. Breathing exercises

Breathing exercises help me relax, and lifts weight off of my shoulders. Lay down flat on your back, with your palms towards the ceiling. Now it might feel a bit silly but just close your eyes and breath in through your nose and out through your mouth. Breathe in deeply, without forcing it. If you want to count to five, but don’t if it distracts you. Then just spend a few minutes doing this exercise. Even if it is just for two minutes you will feel a lot more relaxed, and will hopefully have a clear mind to get right back to effective work !

I hope these help you as much as they help me,

Sophie x