Whilst education is something that we’re a big fan of here at Brooks and Kirk, we do understand how stressful it can be. No matter what age you are, what you’re studying, or even where you’re studying, the stress of it can catch up with all of us. So, we thought we’d let you in on our top tips for staying as stress-free as possible when you’re studying!
Take a deep breath
The first and probably most important thing to do when you’re feeling stressed is to take a few minutes to just sit back and breathe. When your body is experiencing stress, you’re likely to not be thinking as clearly as you could be. A quick way to calm down is to practice breathing exercises. These can be done virtually anywhere to relieve stress, and are especially effective for reducing anxiety before or even during tests, as well as during other times when the stress gets too much.
Keep the area where you study organised to keep your mind clear and focused on the topic at hand. It might help you to write out a list of everything you need to do, and anything that is making you feel stressed. This will allow you to offload onto paper, and it will help to see your tasks written down. When you can see what you need to do, it makes it easier to break tasks down into more manageable chunks.
If you can, walk away from the list when it is written and come back to look at it with a clearer head. Once you’ve completed something you’d written down, you can cross it off your list, giving yourself some satisfaction.
Did you know that optimists actually experience better circumstances, in part, because their way of thinking helps to create better circumstances in their lives? The habit of optimism and positive thinking can bring better health, better relationships, and, yes, better grades. When you’re stressed it’s so easy to be negative but try to alter your mind-set a little.
If you can start thinking positively about everything you have achieved so far, your studies going forward will seem much more achievable. A positive mental attitude will also help you feel calmer and alleviate some pressure!
Look after yourself
Pulling all-nighters, having a poor diet, and getting minimal amounts of movement into your day can increase symptoms of anxiety. For your body’s best performance, make sure you’re getting 8/9 hours of sleep, enough slow-release carbs, less caffeine and more water, and at least half an hour of exercise per day. Nothing is more important than your own health.
So put the work to one side for a little while and do something you enjoy. Go for a run or hit the gym, or even just take your dog for a walk (if you have one – if you don’t… get one). You don’t have to get outside – you could just watch half an hour of your favourite TV programme or just listen to a few of your favourite songs. Breaking up your studying with things you enjoy will help relieve tension.
Study with others
Studying alone can actually increase your stress levels, so having the right people to support you when you’re studying is so important. Revising with friends or others on your course is an effective study technique, as it allows individuals to better absorb their own notes.
Whilst our courses at Brooks and Kirk are online based, our learners love chatting with each other about the course during the one-day session where they come to our offices. They also are free to call the office at any time they need help with their course – we’re available to support them over the phone as much as we possibly can.
We hope you find our top tips help you to stay stress-free when you’re studying!