When the Going Gets Tough: Creative Ways to De-Stress

It’s that time of the year when coursework deadlines are lurking, the workload starts to pile up; and the exhaustion, colds and flus start to kick in. And while some take comfort in Domino's, others in Netflix – we’re bringing you a few more creative ways to de-stress.

1. Meditate 

According to a recent study published in Psychologies, 15 minutes of meditation can help you face a stressful situation and find a solution. It also reduces those stress levels as it is all about switching off and relaxing. Take a break from your thoughts and physically and mentally calm down through mediating.

2. Cook Up a Home Remedy



You’ve heard of medicinal remedies for colds, flu and headaches, but stress can also be treated in an organic way. Here's a quick recipe that will help you get back that spring in your step!


1. One sprig of lavender and two sprigs of lemon balm/lemon grass into a mug

2. Add hot water

3. Sip your worries away

And if herbal teas are your thing, simply add more lavender, sit the mug on your desk and let the aroma slowly fill the room. According to health website Livestrong.com, studies have found that inhaling the scent of lavender can slow nervous system activity which helps relaxation, and combats anxiety, stress and depression. If you want more info on the magical qualities of lavender, check out this website: http://www.livestrong.com/article/252384-what-are-the-benefits-of-lavender-tea/

3. A Clear Desk is a Clear Mind 



Clutter in your physical environment can make you feel overwhelmed, affecting your mood and productivity. Clearing your desk could just do the trick! Or, maybe, just move and work somewhere else...

4. Colour


The time has come where colouring is not just for 6 year olds! These adult colouring books are taking the world by storm and are this year’s new therapy craze.

5. Listen to an Audiobook or Podcast 

If you’re one of those people who used to enjoy reading, long before your life of exams and coursework, audiobooks and podcasts are a great way to catch up on all that lost time, and do something a little different in your revision breaks. Amazon’s Audible has a month’s free subscription which comes with a free audiobook or alternatively, download Player FM for an array of podcasts.

Happy un-winding folks!

Edited by India-Jayne Trainor