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As students, we are familiar with the term “stress”. It is an unavoidable fact that when you’re balancing sleep, work, and uni — you’re going to be stressed. While there is no solution to stop the amount of stress we encounter, there are ways to decrease your stress levels by taking care of yourself. Your wellbeing should be a priority, not an option, so here are some ways to reduce your stress levels.

You will hear this repeatedly throughout your life, but when you’re stressed it is helpful to exercise. I don’t mean running for hours every day, but rather finding ways to go outside, allowing your body to move, and getting a breath of fresh air. I know that, when you’re stressed, the last thing on your mind is exercise, but your body needs a break. Going for a short walk will increase your endorphins, wake you up, and give you energy without making you over-caffeinated.

You could also go to the Bubble, in the Student Union Building on the Kelburn campus. They have plenty of activities to help you de-stress and it’s one of the best places on campus for relaxation. I remember when the SPCA came in during Stress-free Study Week and brought the most gorgeous puppies. If that isn’t the best way to de-stress, then I don’t know what is!

One of the best tips I have received about stress is to prioritise and breathe. While it may seem incredibly simple, when we’re stressed we tend to overlook the basics and focus on what needs to be completed. When you’re stressed, your mind is running at ridiculous speeds, you’re tired from lack of sleep, and you’ve probably had at least two cups of coffee while trying to complete six tasks at once. During these moments, the best thing you can is breathe, re-focus, and prioritise.

Considering we are approaching the final week of the trimester, now is a perfect time to start implementing these ideas!

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