I have had probably the most stressful few months of my life. I'm in my final year of A Levels and while I love my courses, the three lots of coursework I had to do for every subject was a lot to deal with. Since January I've made a music video for media coursework and had to complete 3 3500 word essays. To say I've been stressed is an understatement. After multiple breakdown and crying sessions at school I've finally reached the end of my mountain of coursework. However whilst this term has been crazy, I have learned little things to make me feel a little less stressed so thought I'd share them with you- especially with exam season coming up!
Talk It Out
We all know that age old saying 'a problem shared is a problem halved'. Now I'm not one for talking about my feelings- I tend to bottle things up until the problem either goes away or I have a breakdown. I thought my coursework stresses were trival and not worth attention as everyone had to deal with coursework, however after telling my mum and friends how I was feeling I felt a lot better. Sometimes just offloading the stresses in your life to someone can make the world of difference- even if they can't help, they'll know how you're feeling and will want to support you.
If I have something I'm worried about I tend to sit inside and stew over the problem until I go crazy. Getting outside is such a small thing that can make such a big difference. Whether it's walking your dog, going on a bike-ride or just sitting out in the sun. Removing yourself from the situation and taking some time alone to clear your head can really help.
Treat Yo' Self
I find that treating yourself can be the perfect pick me up if you're feeling stressed. It can be anything from a Starbucks to a new book or new piece of make-up that you've been wanting for ages. Even taking an evening out to have a pamper evening with a bubble bath and face masks will help you to feel a little less stressed.
Binge Watch Crappy TV
Often when I'm stressed I need something to completly take my mind off the situation. My best remedy for this is watching loads of easy to watch shows that don't take much concentration. My favourites at the moment have been The Only Way is Essex and Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
Meet Up With Friends
As well as getting outside- another great way to feel less stressed is to meet up with friends. There's nothing I love more than meeting up with my best girlfriends for a coffee and a gossip.
Look At The Bigger Picture
What you're stressing about might seem like everything right now but sometimes the best thing to do is to take a step back and evaluate the situation. Is what you're worring about going to be a big deal in six months or a year from now? If not then try not to worry about it, worrying and stressing about things only makes the situation worse.
These are the things that helped me get through my crazy coursework term. I hope some of these tips help you- is there anything you do that makes you feel less stressed?