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October 15, 2018 | by  | in SWAT |
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It’s that busy time of year again. Uni is full of the preoccupied and the stressed, including me, and probably you too.
Nowhere and no time is sacred to the stressors that are University responsibilities. You could be watching Netflix (stressfully), studying (stressfully), even trying to fall asleep (stressfully) – it’s always in the background.
Unfortunately, problems arise when we fail to strike a healthy study-life balance.
I for one, as an “all or nothing” person, have been at two opposite ends of the scale. I’ve found myself doing the bare minimum, only willing myself to panic-cram an hour before tests. I did this not out of laziness, but because the thought of studying made me anxious. I was, however, inadvertently setting myself up for an extreme-extravaganza of stress every time it dawned on me I’d sabotaged myself.
At other times, I found myself spending 9 to 14 hours straight studying in the library with no breaks. Only going home when the security guards kicked the remaining stragglers out at midnight. Both of these approaches are obviously less than ideal – both for mental wellbeing, and academic success.
Avoiding things which overwhelm you only saves the stress for later and leaves you feeling guilty, while also preventing you from reaching your potential. Ignoring your personal needs and burying yourself in study puts you a risk of burning out, and studying endlessly without breaks prevents you from actually consolidating any information.
Do your mental health and academic goals a favour, chunk study into smaller sessions with decent breaks. It gives your brain time to take in what you’ve learned, and allows you to unwind. Think of breaks as a helpful tool rather than an indulgence to shake that persistent stress. You can get your study on and watch your Netflix (un-stressfully) too.

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