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Trimester two has arrived, a fresh beginning for new and old students alike. We’re all bright eyed and full of motivation (hopefully), ready to take on our papers without procrastinating (good luck there, folks, I know I need it). Look at us go, so much optimism! Let’s keep it that way.
Right now, while we’re sans undereye-bags and impending deadlines, is the perfect time to take on some stress-killing self-care strategies. Here are some tips for keeping your wellbeing in check.
– Mindfulness is a highly researched and successful practice that reduces stress. Take a few minutes for yourself, in an environment where you can let yourself relax. Focus your mind completely on one thing – sensations you feel, your environment, relaxing your muscles, breathing. If your mind wanders, gently divert it back.
– Exercise! Endorphins and a sense of achievement work wonders on reducing stress. Not only this but fitting exercise into your routine can also be energising and improve your cognition – important for mentally taxing stressors such as assignments!
– Social support is also vital for getting through stressful periods. Confide in someone you trust, maybe they can give you a fresh perspective, or help solve a problem, or simply lift your spirits. Even just hugging it out can help because, believe it or not, hugs reduce the the stress hormone cortisol — who’d’ve thought?
– Sometimes we neglect to give ourselves a break when we feel overwhelmed. A bit of quality “me time” can help you unwind — chill out, accomplish something small, or treat yourself. Let yourself have a breather and be a priority without feeling guilty about it.

Self-care is an easy addition to your regular routine, so why not try it? Let’s get through the tri unscathed and with our well-being intact.

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