I haven’t done a mental health post for a while, but in today’s post, I am going to be sharing a few easy ways to manage and reduce stress. I am currently feeling a bit stressed out with final year uni work, and I’ve currently got Covid. I have missed a few lectures, and my asthma is making my cough linger. Hopefully, I will get a negative test soon and be able to get back to studying. The methods in today’s post have been tried and tested for a few years now so there will be something for everyone.
As I have mentioned before, bullet journaling helps my mental health and stress levels so much. I love that I can be creative which is a great way to get out of your head and reduce stress. But also that I can organise my life through lists, track my habits, and mood while being my diary all in one. Since I have been bullet journaling for so long, I love to look back on my past themes and how my moods have changed.
Listen to an audiobook
I have never really been one for audiobooks, but when I’m ill, my eyes hurt too much to read. I found that listening to something very calming like Winnie The Pooh helped me to relax (and sent me to sleep). Listening or reading something light-hearted is best, rather than something that might give you nightmares. I always have strange, vivid dreams when I am stressed, particularly if my exam results are coming up!
Play online games
Playing online games helps your mind to be distracted. For about a year now, I have been playing spider solitaire when I am stressed because it helps take my mind off things for a few minutes. But on the Solitaire website, I have found a whole new range of games that I have been enjoying.
Up first is Nonogram which is a puzzle that I used to play on my way to college a few years back! They really do range in difficulty, but I love when they are coloured because it creates a nice picture. This one below is good because I think they all added up to 15 which makes it nice and easy. You definitely want an easy, relaxing game if you are feeling stressed out.
The next game that I like playing online is the Gin Rummy card game. The object of the game is to find a sequence of numbers or the same number with different suits. I used to love playing the tile game when I was younger so this was fun to rediscover!
There are so many good games on the website, and they are exactly my kind of games/puzzles so I could easily spend hours playing them! I also enjoy playing Blackjack because it’s just for fun with no pressure, Crazy Eights and Battleships.
Speak to friends, family and teachers
As I said earlier, a lot of my current stress is coming from being a bit behind with university work. I am currently working on my dissertation and I’m getting stressed from that. But I think the best thing to do, is to speak to my supervisor. She is there to help and guide me. It is also worth speaking to your friends, especially if you are both in the same situation. It can be reassuring to speak to other people going through the same things as you.
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Have a brain dump
One thing that can be super helpful when you are trying to reduce stress levels is just having a brain dump. A brain dump is where you get a piece of paper, and literally just write down everything that you are thinking about. If you want to make it more organised, you could colour code it into sections like friends, university, home etc. At school, my tutor would call this a worry bucket. It’s the same sort of idea.
This is one of my favourite ways to reduce stress because once you have written it down, you can objectively look at it. You can start sorting it into lists and divide up your time to focus on the tasks which should reduce your worries.
Have a cup of tea
This is such a British thing to say, but having a cup of tea helps relax my mind! I think I do some of my best uni work, with a cup of tea next to me. Recently I have started to drink herbal teas which I also find work well to reduce stress. I think it’s Twinnings that have specific teas for unwinding, detoxing etc. but my favourite herbal tea is Pukka’s turmeric gold. The next time you are feeling stressed, make yourself a cup of tea (oat milk is the best).
What do you do to manage and reduce stress?
Best wishes, Cx
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