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Five Ways to Manage Stress

That time of the semester has come again! The dreaded deadlines for projects, reports, papers, presentations are inching close and it will culminate in the spectacular finale that known as the final exam. But as we worry about our never-ending workload and tight deadlines, it is important to keep a cool head. Here are some tips to maintain your sanity in this difficult time:

1. Eat well-balanced meals

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It can be tempting to skip meals when you’re engrossed in your work and attempt to subsist plainly on junk food. However a healthy mind begins with a healthy body, so it is important to stop what you’re doing and eat well at least three times a day. Potato chips, fast food and soft drinks may taste good and  give you the spike in energy that you crave, they can also cause your energy levels to plummet just as quickly and make you feel moody. So when you feel your stomach grumbling, listen to it! Take a break, grab a healthy meal and then get back to your work- it’ll always be waiting for you anyway.

2. Get enough sleep and rest

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Sleeping may seem like a waste of time when your work is piling and there’s really only 24 hours in a day. However, rest is extremely important to keep your mind and body going throughout this trying time. Take short 15 minute naps when you feel tired, and get at least 7 hours of sleep daily. When your brain is refreshed, you’ll find that your work goes faster!

3. Use calming techniques

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No use stressing over the amount of work you have to do – calm down! Different people have different methods of relaxing their minds and souls. Concentration meditation involves concentrating your mind on a specific thing, such as your breathing. Other ways of “meditation” could simply be playing a couple of games of Candy Crush when your work is too much to take. Keep calm and carry on – we still have ages to go.

4. Keep a positive attitude

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Studies have shown that being optimistic helps you cope better with stressful situations. So when you’re feeling frustrated, think about the good things. Visualise your post-exam parties and overseas holiday trips with your friends. It will get better soon!

5.  Surround yourself with friends and family

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Last, but definitely not the least, connect with your friends and family. Strong social support from others in a trying time both gives you comfort and forges stronger relationships. Arrange study dates with your friends and take time to have dinner with your family members. Be their pillar of support as they are yours. After all, what are friends and family for?

Hopefully these pointers will help you keep a level head through for the impending exams ahead!

By: Charlotte Lim

Editor: Cherie Anne Lian


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