University is a stressful environment.
You are essentially a magnet that eventually attracts stress. Yes, it is fun, there is a lot to do and you’re always busy, but this leads to some of the most stressful days and night of your lives.
The amount of times my eczema has broke out on my skin because I have been stressed in unprecedented. If you were looking for a post about how stress free uni is then you need to find another post.
If you are debating on whether or not to go uni, then just know that it will be stressful. You are going to be balancing a lot on your shoulders, all you need to know is how to deal with it and the you will be fine.
You will have exams, projects upon projects, essays upon essays and on top of that you will have to balance your friends, family and the health of your mind and body. Its all a juggling act, but you learn how to prioritise and work out how you have fun within it.
It is great experience and a great opportunity to learn how to balance all aspects of your life. See uni as a ‘practice’ run of adult life. You get to make mistakes that you may make again in the future but as you have already made them, you have learnt from them. You can learn and see what is the best method for you to balance work projects, how to effectively you split your time. It’s a great way to have trial run, as you have three years to find out what works for you.
My suggestion, even if you aren’t going to uni, find ways that help you relax, whether that be going to the gym, reading a book or watching a film. How I balance my essays and projects, is simple. I work on my essay, or project for 40 mins, then I take a 20 min break and watch netflix, make a brew, put on a face mask, make a snack, then whenever 20 mins has gone by I pause what I am watching and get back to work.
This is how I revise, by breaking up big chunks of revision and giving 20 mins for my brain to relax.
Ways to manage the university stress:
- Watch a tv series – this way you can watch one episode, get back to work and reward yourself by doing work by watching another episode.
- Read a book
- Pamper yourself – Moisturise, do a face mask, give yourself a pedicure. If you give yourself some me time and just make yourself feel good then your mind will feel good.
- Go for a drink with friends.
- Write in a journal.
- Listen to music.
- Go for a walk.
- Organise your time effectively and realistically – If you say on a Saturday you will revise for five hours, you probably won’t do it, so if you say on Saturday you will raise for two hours, thats more realistic, and if you do more than that, you will feel more motivate and accomplished. If you say you will do five and you do less, then you will feel shit and unaccomplished.
- Set SMART goals – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time Specific.
This post was just to highlight that people do say it’s a breeze, but it isn’t at all. You will be stressed, but it is worth it, the people you meet at uni, the experiences you have, the work you do, it is amazing.
Just be weary that it will be tough but it will be completely worth it.
Katy Nells xoxo