Vicky Silverthorn , a professional organiser, suggests leaving necessary items by the front door, or using sticky notes as reminders.
Art Therapy. Topics Five ways. With its mood-boosting and endorphin-releasing properties, regular aerobic exercise is a natural stress reducer. Not taking life too seriously can help everyone live a better and easier life. I have anxiety also. For example, this was a guy who changed his password to "Forgive h3r" to help him get over his anger following his divorce.
Checking the weather forecast, keeping your calendar up to date and taking care of any time-intensive grooming routines the night before will also help you feel more prepared. Dr Matthew Walker, a professor of neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley, advises against hitting the snooze button , as it disrupts uninterrupted, quality sleep; instead he suggests setting your alarm for when you actually need to wake up.
The Sleep Council, which promotes healthy sleep habits, warns that your body experiences a spike in cortisol every time your alarm goes off. If you struggle not to press the button, leave the alarm across the room, so you have to walk over to silence it. You could also try one that eases you awake with light or vibrations. Wallace makes overnight oats most evenings and takes them with her to work the next day.
Silverthorn says it is useful to have systems in place, such as checklists or a tea and coffee station in the kitchen, but she warns against anything complicated, as it has less chance of sticking long-term. If your children are old enough to make their own breakfast, leave bowls and food within their reach, to encourage independence. Many of us make the mistake of reaching for our phones first thing.
Instead, Silverthorn encourages starting the day with at least five minutes away from gadgets, perhaps spent making a cup of tea and sitting down to drink it in peace. Juices filled with vitamin C, such as orange or grapefruit juice, are said to be good for your immune system so can help with stress.
When you're busy and tired it can be tempting just to grab another pizza or ready meal, but cooking from scratch can be therapeutic as well as being healthier. Doing sport at least once a week is the best way to reduce stress.
It helps your body produce endorphins, which make you feel good. Even daily walks of 30 minutes can help reduce stress levels but it's even better to work out intensively.
Even if you don't feel like it at the time you will feel the benefits afterwards. Joining a sports club could also help with stress as the regular contact with other people should help improve your mood.
It might sound simple, but sitting quietly for 10 minutes a day can really help with stress levels. If you've never tried meditation before, it's worth a go. Good breathing techniques can put you in a more relaxed state as they send oxygen surging through your bloodstream, helping to calm you down and beat the stress.
How about taking the weekend off to relax? Make time for fun and for yourself even if this means that you have to schedule time away from your work. You'll hopefully come back to your work feeling fresh. It is said that spending time with animals is good for your health. If you pat a dog for a couple of minutes , your body releases hormones that make you feel happy and can decrease the amount of stress in your system.
Most uni halls won't let you keep an animal though, so spending some time with friends or family who have pets is a good option: you get the love without the commitment.
Sleep is always the best medicine and some people find that small minute naps can help increase productivity. As students we tend to spend too much time on social media sites and answering emails, texts and phone calls.
Sociability is fun — but too much of it, and too much computer time, can lead to more stress. Failing to switch off from work because of your electronic gadgets will only make you even more stressed. Some people say they smoke to relax, but researchers on the European Board for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco suggest that nicotine suppresses the hormone serotonin, which fights stress. Another good reason to quit. If you missed a deadline, try to appreciate what you learned from this mistake: now you know how to plan ahead. Things might seem bad, but if you try, there is usually something positive to be learned.
Listening to music can help calm you down and put you in a better frame of mind.
If you're feeling stressed, putting on some calming music while you work could really help. They say that laughter is the best medicine, and it's really true. Laughing out loud increases oxygen and blood flow which automatically reduces stress. Not taking life too seriously can help everyone live a better and easier life. Make time for yourself, log out of Twitter and take breaks. It's about time that we students accept that we can achieve just as much in life without all the stress. Here are some that I have encountered as a student: 1.