stress-tips

Take a shower, wash off the day. Drink a glass of water. Make the room dark. Lie down and close your eyes. Notice the silence. Notice your heart. Still beating. Still fighting. You made it, after all. You made it, another day. And you can make it one more. You’re doing just fine.

“What to do when you have too much to do”
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1. Write it down
I have a whiteboard where I write everything down. Not only what events are coming up, but also my todo for the day. You can also use a planner or whatever you want to use.

2. Clean up
A clean room is a clean mind! The best thing to do at the end of the day is clean up your room. Not only do you sleep better in a cleaned up room, the process itself always helps me to clean up my mind too!

3. Tea
Tea. Tea is always the answer.

4. Here and now 
If there is one question that has opened my eyes on the subject of overthinking, it has to be “what can you do about it NOW” it means that it is no use to keep thinking and worrying about something you can’t do anything about at that moment anyway.

5. Meditation and sleep
The most important thing in stressful times is to stay calm. Meditation really helped me. I would really to recommend the app “Stop, Breath & Think”. (My friend @zolderraam brought it to my attention) It’s a meditation app which is perfect for people like me who aren’t very experienced with meditation yet. It also looks really pretty. It is free and you get a list of 16 tracks. You can also buy other tracks to support the makers! You can also fill in how you feel and it will recommend certain tracks!
When I can’t sleep I always listen to this YouTube video, it always works for me.

I hope these 5 tips were useful to you and good luck getting done what you need to get done!

Study Tips // Alexander

Prompt : a list of study tips from Alex.

Alright alright le'z go!!

[[ Alex ]]

- Try and study when you’re sleep or for the last 15 minutes you go to bed. Your brain will process to all night and you’ll wake up remembering it.
- Make a story or a rhyme with the information to help you remember it. When Esper was 4, she would repeat the sound ROYGBIV to remove the colours of the rainbow and she still remembers it now.
- You should study in a different place every day, it helps you a lot for some reason.
- After learning a new topic, quiz yourself. Find some questions online and take a test, see what score you got and you’ll soon knw if you need to keep studying or if you’re okay!
- Set yourself a study goal, for example ‘I’m going to study these three topics and get them right’ which will motivate you and when you’re done, treat yourself to something you like
- take small breaks every 20 minutes.
- listening to classical music van really help you study,  look up a piano loop on YouTube or the soundtrack to your favourite RPG.  Anything without words.
- Chew a unique flavoured gum while you study and take the same gum into the test with you - it will help you remember.

Back To School Infographic Collection

I decided to make a collection of infographics that are related to school & making your school life easier, I hope it helps!

How to get enough sleep

Coping with stress

An overview of mental illness

Psychological Life Hacks

For your crush <3

School grades don’t define your intelligence

We need to talk about mental health.

How to improve your memory

Foods for brain power

The effects of caffeine

^^ Words of wisdom ^^

To those that keep Trying, 

It’s okay to take a break. It doesn’t mean you suck, or you’re a quitter. I think realizing, “hey, I’ve been doing my best and am fucking tired” and being okay with that mindset is important. Living every day isn’t always easy. Give yourself some credit and get some rest.

- someone who cares about you

Dealing with and managing your stress is not only important for performing well in school but it’s also crucial for both your mental and physical health while trying to do so. We unfortunately do not have a never-failing solution on how to never get stressed, but inspired by this question we decided to share a couple of things we try do do, which help us to keep our stress levels on on a manageable and as-low-as-possible level. So here they are:


1. Have a detailed schedule (or at least a daily to-do-list of some sort). 
Calendars are your friends! Having a list of tasks you need to complete each day actually makes you feel much more on top of things and it is not a secret that there is nothing more rewarding than crossing something off your to-do-list.
But on a more serious note, though keeping a super-detailed calendar might sound a little over the top, it’s actually very helpful when it comes to dealing with anxiety, as it gives you a super clear view of your current situation. We actually write down every single task (no matter how small or trivial it might seem), but if it seems to excessive to you all least create a list with things you need to do and can’t forget about for each day.


2. Stop procrastinating and try to focus more
Of course it’s much easier to say this than to do this and we aren’t strangers to wasting our time, but procrastination is really, really super awful and you should avoid it at all costs. We wrote how you can study more productively here and here, you can try this and see what works for you :)


3. Asses your abilities honestly
Be honest with yourself about what is and what isn’t manageable to do. It is impossible to read and learn 200 pages of textbook in an hour, but you can also do more in an 2 hours than read 10 pages. Always push yourself a little, just don’t do it too much, because you’ll end up resigned and stressed even more


4. Prioritize- part 1
Sometimes, even though you planned everything, and you’re super focused and not distracted at all, there are simply too many things to do, and it’s impossible to do them all. That’s when you prioritize. Always start with the most important thing (be honest with yourself). Next are the most difficult things, then the things which take the most time. Decide which tasks you can wing- those are the last ones you even think about. If you have very limited time, skim through topics and try to remember the general ideas and concepts, don’t make detailed notes.


5. Focus on you on thing
Comparing what you do, and how you do it is generally not a great idea when it comes to studying. Some people need to study for 8 hours, some will remember everything after reading it twice. It might be not super fair, but it is what it is, and getting fixated on a fact that someone was up all night studying, while you were asleep, or you were in a library for a whole weekend, while your friends were partying and relaxing. People are different and they study differently and comparing their methods is a little stupid. Focus on your progress and improving your study techniques, but do it for yourself, and not for your friends.


6. Self-care is important
Try to avoid all-nighters. Eat your veggies (seriously, try to eat healthy). Have some time for yourself each day. Browse tumblr, watch an episode of your favorite TVshow, take a nice bath or read a chapter of your new book. Try to meet your friends once a week. Talk to your family, pet your cat or your dog. School can’t become your whole world, because you’ll simply go crazy. Of course there are times when your school-life balance isn’t exactly a balance (#exams) but even then, try to have some time for yourself, even if it’s just 30 minutes. Also, try to move at least once a week- exercise makes you happy, helps you relax, and clears your head ^^


7. Prioritize- part 2 
School and getting your education are undoubtedly important but you know whats even more important? Your health. Overworking yourself isn’t fun and it most definitely isn’t “a natural part of university experience”, so when you feel overwhelmed with the amount of stuff you need to do, and you feel it starting to affect your health (either mental or physical) you need to stop. Believe us when we say it- it’s actually much easier to retake a failed exam than to recover from a sudden health decline caused by stressing too much over school. Also, please, please seek help if you think you need it- you are the most important thing in your life, not your grades, remember that!

Hope you’ll find something here useful!

                                                                                     ~gomedorgohome

Self-Care for Finals Week

Dun. Dun. Dun. The most dreaded week of the year is upon us! Therefore, I wanted to make a post to highlight some great self-care options for taking care of yourself this finals season!

1) Paint your nails

This is one of my personal favorite because it makes me concentrate on one task and helps my brain stop spiraling due to stress.

2) Get artistic!

Whether its playing an instrument, drawing, painting, writing, whatever! Just let yourself be creative and get out of your head for a little while!

3) Go outside

Fresh air really does work wonders! Even if its just going to the park to study, being outside will help alleviate stress and help you stay grounded!

4) Play with a pet

Self explanatory, animals = happiness. 

5) Hang out with friends!

Don’t let finals week cut you off from everyone! Try studying together at a coffee shop or quizzing each other in your dorm room, anything to get you some socialization.

6) Stretch!

Have you been sitting at your desk all day? If so, then you need to do a few simple stretches to help keep your muscles from locking up. “Do You Yoga with Erin Motz” is a great yoga course on youtube and each lesson is only 10-20 minutes long.

7) SLEEP AND DRINK

I cannot stress these two enough! All nighters are terrible for your body and wretch havoc on your immune system and memory. Try to sleep whenever possible and drink water (yes I know my own body is about 70 per cent caffeine during finals week but you need to stay hydrated too!). 


Stay healthy this finals season! I’m so proud of you all! You got this, I believe in you!

Alex

how to beat stress from school

1. plan out everything from events and activities to homework and due dates at the start of every week

2. break down big assignments into smaller steps that are easy to do and non-intimidating 

3. light a candle whenever you can

4. take time for you and put on a face mask at least once or twice a week

5. treat yo’ self to little things every month

6. take a bath every now and then (bonus points for using a bath bomb)

7. make school fun again by getting some new school supplies or a new planner

8. be honest with yourself and the people around you when it’s time to get help with a school subject you’re struggling in

9. listen to me, do not beat yourself up over procrastination. everyone says that it’s the bloody end of the world to procrastinate, but i promise it’s not. in fact, studies have shown that some people are in fact more productive when they procrastinate. regardless, just do whatever works best for you and don’t worry about the haters. 

10. watch a funny tv show or movie

11. hangout with friends

12. listen to happy music

13. clean your room and desk

13. go outside

14. when you start to feel overwhelmed/stressed/anxious remember that:

- you’re not alone

- you will get through this

- a bad grade or late assignment is not the end of the world 

- this homework assignment does not define you

15. cuddle a cat/dog/human if you can

16. keep your focus on positive future events (spring break, graduation, etc.)

17. take each day as it comes, go with the flow, and don’t get overwhelmed by what the rest of the week has in store. one day at a time, my friend. just get through today.

18. strive for the best and do your best work at all times

19. remember why you want to succeed and do well

20. remember that perfection is an unattainable goal

After years of tutoring and studying many hours every day for over 7 years, I know that studying can be a horrible experience if you don’t like studying out of a book. People spend hours reading and reading, but at the end of the day they ask themselves “what did I just learn.. I forgot it all again”, resulting in bad grades, a low self-esteem, stress, and so on. Education system GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER, but until then, here are some tips that I always gave to my students and to myself!

Watch YouTube videos
While you watch YouTube videos, take notes and really LISTEN. Don’t just stare at your screen, maybe even pause it every 30 seconds and think about what the teacher in the video talked about. Do you understand it? If not, scroll back and listen to it again! The goal is to understand it, not to know it.

Make a PowerPoint or other slide show presentation
Pretend like you are the teacher! Try to teach your “class” about the subject. You’ll find out that you understand some parts, but others not so much. Try to figure out what you don’t really understand yet, and watch a YouTube video about it, then try to explain it again. The goal is to be able to teach your “class” about the subject with full confidence! Maybe even ask friends or parents if they can ask questions about it!

Draw!
By visualizing what you’ve just learned, you see it in a whole different way. Instead of linking words together, draw connections and systems of how it works. Of course this depends on the subject, this is easier to do with biology than with mathematics, but when you’re drawing you’re really focusing on the small details. These small details are super important! And a drawing is easier to remember than a text. The goal is to see connections, and spend more time focusing on understanding the smaller parts.

Read the text out loud, and record it
By reading it out loud, you make it real! Often when we read quickly in our heads we skip parts or we just start thinking about something else. By actually reading, you are a lot more focused and understanding what you’re reading is much easier. And record it, then listen back to it when you’re in bed, or whenever you want to listen to it! Talk slowly and emphasize the important words! The goal is to get familiar with the terms, and the more you listen to it, the better you will remember it, obviously :)

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Hang in there!! 💕 Let’s make 2017 a fantastic year academically! Good luck with all your tests, I really hope I will help you with these tips!

hey guys! since it’s the new year, i decided to make a little post on how i personally like to relax and de-stress, especially since all my gcse courses have started.

  • sleep! // it’s important to get the right amount of sleep as it benefits your concentration, memory and ability to learn. as students, it’s hard to get good sleep, with all the assignments we get! take a nap after school or when you have any spare time, even if it’s only for 20 minutes! personally, sleep helps to get rid of any tension and unwanted thoughts i may have.
  • listen to music // listening to music has a relaxing affect on our minds and bodies. slow music has the best affect on us, with many benefits including decreasing the levels of stress hormones. it acts as a great distraction if you’re looking for one too. spotify has a variety of hand made playlists to suit the mood you want!
  • tea! // tea has the amazing ability to reduce stress, calm anxiety and improve your mood, while also having benefits on your health. if you’re not sure about which tea you would prefer best, do some research and experiment with different flavours! personally chamomile tea does the trick for me and the scent is very calming.
  • pamper yourself! // whether this means having a warm bath or doing your nails, small things like these can help you a lot. pampering yourself can help you feel like your escaping reality and taking an emotional and mental break with a refreshing and clean feeling.
  • driving // personally driving is extremely relaxing and calming for me. it gives you a chance to reconnect with your surroundings and nature, and helps me appreciate the little things. i’m able to take a break from technology and give myself time to think and have some alone time. it’s also a great way to catch up with friends and go on a day out and just have a good time. personally i prefer night rides, since the roads in london are usually more empty and free at this time, and i’m able to drive to my heart’s desire lol

i hope that these tips helped and you’re able to apply them to your routine! please add any of your own tips and tricks if you have any! i’d love to try some new ones

and remember that school and grades aren’t everything and that your happiness is so much more important. give yourself a break when you need to and don’t overwork yourself. mental health is extremely important, so please take care of yourselves!

tip for my stressed/overwhelmed artists out there

If you’re not feeling great, don’t force yourself to work on big projects or studies or anything! Instead, here’s what I like to do. Have you ever seen those little tutorials on how to draw a character?
I find a character or animal or something that I haven’t tried to draw yet and work with a tutorial!
That helps me feel like I’m doing something to help my art, but it’s not draining.
I hope this helps

Energize Yourself: No Coffee Required

Finals are approaching, and as attached as I am to my Keurig, downing cup after cup of coffee isn’t the best for you in the long run. Instead of relying on caffeine to keep you going, try one of these natural pick-me-ups first.

Take a walk. Don’t look at your phone. Either listen to a song that motivates you or nothing at all. Silence is a good way to let your mind relax and escape schoolwork for a little while, and the fresh air will help you wake up.

Eye drops. Studying easily makes your eyes tired and strained, but a couple of refreshing eye drops should do the trick.

Take a cold shower or splash cold water onto your face.

Work out for 5-15 minutes. Personally, I tend to get fidgety when I’ve been studying for a while. A short, vigorous workout purges the excess energy from your body while making your mind ready to focus.

Massage your shoulders. Put a little bit of lotion or body oil into your hands and apply it to your shoulders to release the tension that builds up from hunching over your desk.

Try this exercise. Find an empty wall space. Lay on the floor with your legs straight and your heels resting against the wall. Scootch your butt as close as you can to the wall, so that your legs and body are perpendicular, in a 90º angle. Keep your legs straight and your feet together. After a few minutes, stand up. Blood will rush back to your legs and make you feel more alert.Preventative snack preparation. I’m a total junk food stress eater, but as much as I crave it, it always makes me crash into a lethargic state a couple of hours later. To prevent this, prepare or buy a well-rounded meal (protein, veggies, rice, beans, fruit, etc.) ahead of time if you know you’ll be stressed/studying. This will save you time and energy.

Close your eyes, smile, and breathe deeply and slowly. Give your eyes a rest. If you need motivation, picture yourself achieving your goals. Imagine yourself taking the test confidently or think about how attaining your target grade would make you feel. If you need relaxation, take this moment to clear your mind and think of a peaceful place, or let your mind go blank.

Wishing you good luck on your finals!

Exam Preparation

So it’s exam week for a lot of us and I thought I would make a post on what I’m doing and what I think is super helpful to do before exams that aren't just studying.

The day before your first exam

  • Wake up nice and early- Get a head start on your day, I find it really helps me be productive all day if I’ve gotten up early and had a good breakfast and coffee of course. 
  • Pick out some comfortable clothes- For however many days of exams you have, make sure you set out some super comfy clothes so you don’t have to worry about it the day of exams. Also, I would recommend layers in case the exam room is hot or cold.
  • Make sure you have a watch- So you can manage your time during exams just in case there isn’t one in the room.
  • Pack a bag with everything you’ll need- Pencils, a ruler, erasers, a water bottle, pretty much any supplies you’ll need.
  • Pack or plan whatever meals you need- I really like not having to worry about what I’m eating and being able to focus on what I need to remember.
  • Go to bed early!- This is very important, cramming late at night is always a bad idea. If you absolutely must get in some last minute studying do it in the morning. Make sure you get a solid 6-8 hours.

The day of your exam

  • Get up early- I can’t stress this enough, don’t sleep in! If you get up early you give yourself enough time to properly wake up and be functioning at your peak for the exam.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast- Also very important, your brain needs food to operate properly. I would recommend something hearty that will really fill you up, my personal favourite is oatmeal with lots of berries and almond milk. some other ideas are…
      • Yogurt with granola and fruit
      • Toast and peanut butter
      • A berry smoothie, it’s full of antioxidants and bonus if you add protein powder fo an extra boost
      • Scrambled eggs, skip on the cheese and oil, I find anything greasy makes me feel sort of bogged down and sluggish.
      • A hearty cereal. Probably not fruit loops 
      • A bread of sort with lots of fruit. Like half a bagel with a fruit of your choice.
  • Drink coffee if that’s something you do- But make sure you won’t crash later in the day. Maybe bring some iced tea to drink with your lunch.
  • Eat a healthy lunch- I really like to bring a salad with nuts and I’ve been really enjoying crackers and hummus with it. Some other ideas are…
      • A whole wheat wrap of your choice
      • Quinoa salad! It’s great to keep you going
      • A sandwich with lots of veggies
  • Bring some relaxing music- Exams are stressful and music can be really calming.
  • Remember that a bad grade isn’t the end of the world and just do the best that you can.

Good luck on all of your exams! You can do this!

-Studyaspire