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5 Ways to Relieve Stress During Deadlines

Whether it’s an essay, an exam or a presentation, most of us are swamped by deadlines right now. Understandably, certain things can be pushed to the side in the midst of all the work. But, even submerged in textbooks and other things, it’s always important to remember that taking care of yourself should be a top priority. That includes trying not to stress yourself out too much. So, here are 5 ways to relieve stress during deadlines.

5. Sleep well

This one may seem obvious, but the key to keeping a lid on your stress levels is making sure that you get a good night of sleep every night. This doesn’t necessarily mean 8 hours every night, but sleeping long and well makes every day more manageable.

4. Ask for help

Work can be overwhelming, especially when we’re this close to the Easter holidays/Spring break, so don’t be afraid to tell your course-mates (and even your lecturers) if it’s getting to be too much for you to deal with. You’ll find that people are always willing to help.

3. Take a walk

Walking is a good, simple exercise and allows you to keep active easily while working. However, it’s also a great way to just let go of your overwhelming ‘academic’ thoughts for a little while. It can be a short walk, wherever you want, and the air and energy will make you feel so much better. It lets you think about something other than that impending deadline.

2. Plan your days

Organisation is the key to dealing with approaching exams and deadlines. With a clear plan, either mentally or on paper, you’ll see your days go by much easier – and with a lot more done than you thought was possible.

1. Take time for yourself

Doing well on whatever it is that has a deadline looming is important for yourself and your degree, I get it. But, the most important thing in all of this is you and your life. Put aside the papers and the books for a while, go see friends, maybe watch a movie. Then come back to your work feeling refreshed and ready to continue.

It’s natural to feel stress when you’re working hard and aiming for positive results, but don’t forget to look after yourself as well!

Molly Griffiths

Exeter Cornwall '18

I grew up in Paris but was born in Ireland to an Irish mother and a British father. I'm literally obsessed with movies and literature. I also love animals and discovering new things.
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