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University SOS: Managing Stress at Uni or School

As the summer holidays draw to a close, it’s normal to feel a little stressed or anxious about the term ahead. Whether you’re looking forward to a new year at school or you’re starting a new academic year of college or university, it’s natural to feel some nerves. Luckily, there are some great, non-medicinal ways to help you to relax, so that you can head into the new school year excited about the opportunities coming you're way, instead of worrying about the unknown.

Get Back Into a Routine

Often, one of the best ways to alleviate nervous feelings is to create a routine for yourself. A routine doesn’t have to be a strict set of rules that shape your everyday life, they can be simple tasks or goals you set for yourself each day, too.

For example, setting your alarm and getting out of bed before 9am, even during the holidays, can really help you feel like you’re doing something with your days. Setting tasks like 'make and eat lunch before 2pm' will make sure you’re breaking up your day and eating properly, and goals can include easily-achievable targets like 'read one chapter of my book' or 'walk the dog for more than two miles.'

Keeping even a loose routine over the holidays will make sure heading back to school or uni isn’t a shock to the system. You’ll thank yourself for it later!

Talk About It

If you’re not sure why you’re feeling so anxious or nervous about school or university, talking about it will help you to figure out what’s worrying you. If you don’t feel like you can talk to your friends or parents, there are organisations you can call to talk in private about anything at all. Just tell them what’s bothering you - the people on the other end of the line are trained counsellors and they won’t pass on anything you say to anyone.

Keeping worries in your head feeds them and helps them to grow. By speaking about them, you’re taking away some of the power they have over you. It’s also important to remember that if something is stressing you out, it’s not silly or too small for somebody to help you with. It’s important because it’s a big deal to you. Do not ever feel that you’re bothering someone by talking to them about how you feel.

Useful phone numbers (UK)

Samaritans: 116 123

Childline: 0800 1111

Make Yourself Comfy, Get Some Rest

Sometimes, the best thing to do is try to get some rest. Sleeping can be difficult when you’ve got something on your mind, and when you’re tired, worries can seem so much harder to deal with.

It sounds too simple to work, but taking a nice relaxing bath can do you the world of good. Pour in some Radox Stress Relief Bath Soak and enjoy the soothing rosemary scented bubbles.

There are plenty of modern takes on herbal remedies to help with sleep, like Rescue Night Spray and Nytol Herbal Elixir. Of course, you could always go 'old-school' and try ear plugs!

Also, you don’t have to take medicines to help with a sore head. Stress headaches are usually due to tension, which is why natural remedies like 4head Headache Relief can work so well without painkillers.

If you’re worried about school or university, one of the most important things to remember is that everyone feels this way at one time or another. Stress, anxiety and worrying are all part of life, but that doesn’t mean you have to put up with it. Start small and work your way through this list, remembering that talking is the best cure. We hope you start to feel better soon!

Until next time...

Disclaimer: If you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed in the products mentioned, do not consume them. Always check with your doctor before trying a new medication or regime, and if irritation or allergy occurs stop using the product or medication immediately

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