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One thing many of us face during our lives is stress. However, when you’re sitting an exam for example, no matter your age, many people experience a lot of stress. As someone who experiences stress in many different ways I decided that it might be beneficial to suggest some of the ways that help me when I’m stressed, whether it’s because of exams or just stressed generally.

Firstly, it is important to know your body and your body’s ways of telling you that you are stressed. For me there are several signs such as a sore throat, feeling sick, not being able to focus, having cold-like symptoms, headaches, unusual eating, drinking and sleeping habits etc.

Next, it is important to know how to reduce some of the stress you’re feeling. This can sometimes feel like it would add to your current amount of stress, but in the long run it will be better for your health and well-being. Sometimes all we need to remove ourselves from the situation that is causing us stress and take 10 minutes to do something else.

Here are some things I do when I get too stressed:

  1. Watch an episode of a TV show that I know will make me laugh.
  2. Cook a proper meal (that involves veggies) and a hot chocolate.
  3. Have a shower – I find this is a good way to clear my head.
  4. Read a chapter of a book or look at a magazine.
  5. Go for a short walk or and get some fresh air.
  6. Tidy your work-space. It’s surprising how much this can help.
  7. Use a face mask or paint my nails.

One thing that I have learnt about myself is that it doesn’t take a lot for me to get very stressed, very quickly. The last 2 years have been the most stressful in my life and I have come to realise that I put a lot of pressure on  myself, which then adds to my stress, and eventually makes me more stressed to the point where I make myself ill. Since noticing this, I’ve decided to try and create an environment for myself where I don’t feel the need to put pressure on myself to be perfect, to stop competing with others or comparing myself to others.

If anyone has any suggestions for how they deal with stress feel free to comment so we can all reduce our stress!