‘Tis The Season to Be Stressed.

Among all the Christmas lights outside and Christmas songs that constantly play on the radio these days, thanks to those impending exams and deadlines edging their way closer to the due date, you’re naturally inclined to spend the entire break with a degree of anxiety. After all, there’s so much to balance during this time; from meeting up with friends- old or new- to having to accommodate for extended family coming to visit you. Plus, you’re tired from the stresses of Semester 1- so of course you’re going to want to take a few days off to recharge; playing that new video game, reading a book, watching some Netflix… but with that stress crawling on your back, how can you?

While university deadlines are seriously important, keeping your stress in check is integral to ensure that you don’t go competently mad. With that being said, here are a couple of important things to remember.

Keep up a routine.

When feeling overwhelmed, it’s easy to let yourself go; dropping that skin-care routine, binging the junk food and getting a record-breaking zero hours a week of exercise done. While you should keep these things up during term time, I think it’s especially important to do these things during the break.

During term-time you’re meant to spend most of your time on campus; compulsory class timetables force you to get your act together and come in, while being on campus outside of class has that student-y atmosphere to keep you feeling… like a student. When the break comes along however, you lose that sense of organisation and community as you spend the rest of the year in the neighbourhood you once resided in (or still reside in if you’re a commuter). Thus, its easy to go with the flow with little sense of control over life.

So, not only should you keep up with your body and give it the care it deserves (feeling good about your body is vital!), but also keeping aware of the things that need to be done; perhaps by making a schedule to ensure that you don’t leave important stuff to the last minute, while still meeting up with friend and having some time to yourself.

Find a friend to rant to… and then let them rant back to you.

Everyone is stressed. Why not rant to someone in the same boat? Talking is one of the best forms of therapy-and guess what? It’s free! It’s a good way to let out all your frustrations.

‘But Jasmine, surely you could just write a diary entry or rant on Twitter or something?’ I hear you say.

The thing about taking to a friend is that you’ll often get a good response back from them. A notebook can’t give you feedback, and there are too many people complaining on social media about their personal problems that at this point, people are desensitised to seeing menial complaints on their feed. Plus, talking to someone allows for them to rant back at you; it’s a win-win situation for the both of you, since you don’t feel like you’re having a hard time in solidarity.

Additionally, if you feel like you have no one to talk to… there’s always QMC.

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