Five Ways to Feel Less Stressed

Is the thought of submitting coursework sending shivers down your spine? Is the idea of sitting exams making you want to tear your hair out? Don’t worry, these five tips aim to make you feel more relaxed!

  1. Take A Break: Sometimes, less is more. If you feel less stressed, you will work more efficiently. Is sport your thing? Perhaps try a ‘social Sunday’ activity at Surrey Sports Park, or maybe you’d rather put on some PJs and watch a film. Whatever it is, be sure to let your hair down every once in a while!
  2. Manage Your Time: Get yourself a planner or use Google Calendars to make sure that you’re on track to getting that coursework submitted on time. This is guaranteed to help you feel like you’re on top of things. Plan out your timetabled hours and map out when you’re going to do independent study. Make sure it’s feasible though; are you really going to spend Friday night at the library?
  3. Work Smarter, Not Harder: Unfortunately, studying until midnight every night isn’t guaranteed to secure you a good grade. You might be able to spend less time revising if you’re working more efficiently. There are a few great resources available to help you achieve this. The SPLASH centre on the third level of the Library has some great workshops that you can sign on to online (surrey.ac.uk/library/learning). You could check out Thomas Frank on YouTube, who has all sorts of tips and tricks that can help you work faster and more efficiently than ever before.
  4. Keep It Positive: To be specific, you’ve got to ‘accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative’. Try to remove unnecessary stress from your life and see the rest as an opportunity for personal growth. If you can face the struggle now, you’ll be far better equipped in later life! Unfortunately, this can be pretty hard which is why you should also follow our last tip:
  5. Talk To Someone: Is it getting too much to handle? Are you struggling to deal with your problems? Sometimes letting it out and telling someone makes everything easier; you can share your burdens. Natter to a friend. Converse with a family member. Schedule an appointment with your personal tutor or student mentor. If any of these sound too daunting, Surrey University’s Wellbeing Centre is open from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday. Appointments can also be made by phoning 01483 689498 or by emailing centreforwellbeing@surrey.ac.uk. More information can be found here: surrey.ac.uk/currentstudents/wellbeing/health/advice/mental_health/

 

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Five Top Tips to Deal with Isolation

If you’re finding it hard to make friends, or are simply missing your family, these tips are here for you. The Christmas season may make you feel even lonelier, but following these steps can help life feel a little less hard.

  1. Work Outside: This one might sound crazy, but hear us out! Instead of sitting in your room by yourself, try doing some work in an environment with lots of people about. This can help combat feelings of isolation. Surrey has an extensive free Wi-Fi network that you can access using your student e-mail and password, which means that you can work wherever you want, whether it’s the library, Starbucks or the Hillside Restaurant.
  2. Sit Next To Someone You Don’t Know: Everyone in your lecture group has at least one thing in common with you: you’re all studying the same thing. This will help make conversation easier, as there’s something to talk about. Every fresher feels the exact same way as friendships are only just being formed. Feeling a little shy? Try talking to someone in the row behind you instead!
  3. Socialise With Your Flatmates: Plan an evening out, or go out for a meal together to help you get to know the people you are living with. Guilford is also conveniently close to London, which means that you can easily access Winter Wonderland; a free, Christmas themed event in Hyde Park. With plenty of rides, food stalls and markets, there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone!
  4. Join A Society: Have something you’re really passionate about? Do you want to try out something new? Societies can be a great way to help you to make new friends that have the same interests as you. There’s plenty of choice on the Student Union website, but you can also start your own if the extensive list leaves you wanting more.
  5. Family Time: Spending long periods of time away from your family is hard, but modern technology can help lighten the burden. With applications like Skype or FaceTime, you can speak to friends and family back at home without travelling. Try having a Skype dinner, where you eat dinner with your family. Of course, it’s not the same, but it can help you feel less alone, especially over the quiet holiday period.

 

If you are in need of support, Surrey University’s Wellbeing Centre is open from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday. Appointments can also be made by phoning 01483 689498 or by emailing centreforwellbeing@surrey.ac.uk. More information can be found here: surrey.ac.uk/currentstudents/wellbeing/health/advice/mental_health/

 

 

Text by Amy Furney

Picture research by Donna Darafshian; featured image taken from Google Images.