For this week’s Pro-Tips we have Caprice, a team lead with Health Promotion in Health and Counselling Services to gibe you some tips on managing stress, especially around exams.
Everything in Moderation
Caprice’s first tip is to enjoy the things you want, but in moderation. This can be simplified by following the 80/20 rule when it comes to food – 80% of the food you’re consuming should be healthy and fulfilling your daily nutrition needs to keep you healthy and energetic, whille the other 80% can be treats or other things you want to indulge in. This tip can be useful to keep you eating well while also not depriving yourself of the foods that make you happy.
We know you’ve heard a million times that getting 7-10 hours of sleep is one of the most important things you can do for yourself, but it turns out that the quality of the sleep you get at night can be just as important as how many hours you get – and both can be impacted by stress. In order to combat stress messing up your quality shut eye each night, create a bedtime routine you can do every night to help wind down before going to sleep. The routine can vary person to person – maybe making a cup of tea, reading a book or even taking time away from screen before bed – but a bedtime routine will train your brain to recognize when it’s time to start winding down and get sleepy.
It’s easy to get down on yourself, but when you’re stressed it can be hard to get yourself out of a rut of negative thinking. Each day, try to think of five positive things that happened – it can be as small as your favourite song coming on the radio or as big as a finishing a huge assignment. Keeping your mind on the positive will help you challenge negative thoughts and keep some stress at bay, even for a little bit.
If you’re interested in learning more about resiliency and mental health, check out the Health and Counselling website, or come into Health and Counselling’s clinic on campus for your medical needs.
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