Busy? Here’s How To Reduce Stress
Many people are leading busy lives with little downtime. There’s a lot to pack into a day when you’re studying at university and that can lead to being overwhelmed. Here are five tips for helping reduce the stress in your busy life.
1. Disconnect from technology
Technology can suck up a lot of time throughout your day. You’ve probably become accustomed to checking your phone at every possible moment to read and reply to texts and emails and maybe even play a move in a word game. Consider how much time you’d save by checking your phone just once an hour. You would get home quicker because you aren’t sitting in the car spending five or ten minutes replying to people. You would run errands quicker if you didn’t stop at the end of every aisle to see if anyone texted. If you lead a busy life, detaching from technology will only help. If you feel as though you need to reply to people as soon as they contact you, try to break this pattern of thinking. Remember that it’s unlikely anyone texts you and sits waiting for a reply. Unless there is an emergency, a prompt reply is unnecessary. You don’t always have to be connected and accountable for your time. If the grocery store is the one place you’re ever alone, take advantage of it. Don’t spend that time looking at your phone.
2. Manage your time
Managing your time is a skill that will benefit every area of your life. When you have a busy life, it’s especially important. Knowing when and for how long you’ll work on things will take a lot of pressure off. It will allow you to focus. Without time management, you may find yourself worrying when you will get things done. When you create a schedule, you won’t worry about when you’ll fit things in. This will reduce the stress in your life.
3. Take time off
No matter how busy your life is, you need to take a break. You can’t be on the go non-stop without getting stressed and exhausted. It’s important to work relaxation into every day. Read a book alone in your room, go for a swim, go for a run, or meditate. If you can’t take a weekend off from being busy, at least take half a day off where you can relax.
4. Get enough sleep
You can’t tackle busy days if you are lacking sleep. You won’t have the energy, but you also won’t have the focus you need to accomplish tasks. If you have trouble sleeping, it’s important to find ways to improve your quality of sleep. Stop using all technology, including television, at least thirty minutes before you want to sleep. This will allow your brain to relax helping you to fall asleep more quickly. Other tips that may help you to sleep better include setting a bedtime and wake up time that you stick with, limiting caffeine and alcohol, and using a sleep mask.
5. Stop trying to multitask
When you’re busy, you might try to do more than one thing at once to maximise your time. This is a bad idea because you end up dividing your time between two or more tasks and they all end up taking a longer amount of time. If you focus on one thing at a time, you will avoid distractions and complete the task in a reasonable amount of time and reduce the amount of stress you create for yourself.
Reducing stress is possible and important to your mental health and success at university. By taking control of your time and activities, you can help control your stress levels.
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