Simple Solutions to Student Stress

21 January 2015

It's now slap bang in the middle of January, and for students this means one thing: deadlines and exams. So I thought I'd share my top tips for beating stress, and what calms me down when things seem to get on top of me. 

Get organised: Write a to-do list, create a timetable and invest in pretty stationary. Organising what you need to get done can really help you get on top of things, especially if you feel swamped and have so much to do, it can give you a starting point. I find to-do lists really helpful, and with this cute daily diary from Paperchase, I can write in an hour-by-hour guide of my tasks that I need to get done. You can also never go wrong with post-it notes either. 

Light a scented candle: A little aromatherapy never hurt nobody... even writing this post now, I have my Yankee burning away. You may recognise this one from my previous post Beauty Bits I Got for Christmasand it is in the scent Fresh Cut Roses. Rose is my favourite fragrance, and when my workspace smells of it, I feel a lot more relaxed. Lavender, chamomile and jasmine are also known to be calming scents, so light it up!

Get a good night's sleep: A tip you've probably heard one, two many times, but a good night's sleep is the key to acing that exam or preparing for a long day of revision. Stress is only aggravated by a lack of sleep, so make sure you get enough shut eye. In order to calm your nerves, it may be worth investing in a pillow spray; I bought ThisWorks' Deep Sleep Pillow Spray for my mum for Christmas, and after using it, I can confirm that it is worth the hype. It gives you a nudge into the land of nod, and leaves you feeling refreshed the next morning. Definitely worth the investment!

Paint your nails: Sometimes you need to slow down, take a little break and have some me-time. Painting your nails can actually be very therapeutic. Pictured is Essie's Sparkle on Top polish, which can add a bit of glitz and glam to your fingertips amidst the slog of revision/essay-writing/mental breakdowns caused by work.  

Scented hand cream: When stuck under a mountain of books in the library, unfortunately it's unacceptable to light a scented candle or spray your favourite perfume. So instead get your aromatherapy fix in between note-taking, with a scented hand cream. This particular Rose hand cream is from Bulgaria, but I also love The Body Shop's Wild Rose Hand Cream

Make a relaxing playlist: Sometimes a bit of mellow background music can really help with stress, so get on iTunes or Spotify and find your favourite slow, acousticy songs (or whatever soft music floats your boat). I'm personally loving George Ezra's album Wanted on Voyage and I will always return back to Kodaline's In a Perfect World, to help me along with my work.

What do you do to help yourself relax when you're stressed?

Charlotte x

11 comments

  1. George Erza may be the cure to everything!
    These are all the tricks I used to do back when I was a student

    Jennifer Jayne xx
    jenniferjayne.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I honestly think George Ezra may be the cure to everything, his album seems perfect for every mood! Glad to hear I'm not the only one who has used these tricks :) xx

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  2. Man I saw the title of this and was like right I need to read this, haha! Amen to investing in pretty stationary. Always makes me feel better! All this tips are so great! I shall definitely be using a few of them xx

    Chloe The Redhead | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle

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    1. Haha, I know what you mean, sometimes I read the title of a blog post and I know immediately that I want to read it! Pretty stationary always makes me feel more organised for some reason! Glad I could help by sharing these tips :) xx

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  3. This whole list is pretty much me down to the ground! Pretty stationary and relaxing music are the always the answer :) I think Hozier is amazing for chill music as well! I nominated you for the Liebster Award over on my blog if you want to have a peek xx

    Love and Marmalade

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    1. Ah glad to hear I'm not the only one using this tricks! Yes, I love a bit of Hozier too, don't think I've come across anyone that hates Tale Me to Church! Thanks for the nomination Marielle :) xx

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  4. I definitely agree with nail varnish and hand cream, when I was at uni I loved taking time out to give myself a proper manicure, such a good stress relief! I really found exercising and leaving he computer alone on my breaks helped too :)

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

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    1. Yes I agree! A little hand pamper definitely helps with stress and makes it 10x easier to write things when your nails look pretty! Yeah I definitely need to learn to step away from technology when I'm stressed, I normally tend to aimless procrastinate through social media, wasting time and that tends to get me more stressed than I was in the first place! :)

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  5. Great postI also relax listening to music. :)

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  6. Great ideas! I've been working so much so relaxation is definitely needed.
    I really like lighting a candle to destress.

    Would love if you check out my blog! Just followed you on twitter and instagram :)
    Raincouver Beauty

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    1. Thanks Angela :) Yeah you can never beat a good scented candle when work gets too much! :)

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