Here are some tips to help you "loosen up".
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Stress is a normal part of life. It can be a good thing. It helps us get motivated and in small amounts helps us to perform better. Stress becomes a problem when we have too much of it, or we don’t deal with it very well.
Some signs that you might be getting a bit stressed out include:
- Feeling exhausted or puffed out all the time
- Finding it hard to concentrate
- Having difficulty sleeping
- Feeling agitated or hyperactive
- Feeling depressed or tired, unable to get on top of things
- Can't seem to make a firm decision
- Change in eating patterns
It is almost impossible to eliminate stress from our lives altogether, however, it is important to know how to manage it when it does come along. Some ideas for managing stress include:
- Do some exercise
- Set realistic goals for yourself
- Try to avoid smoking, alcohol, drugs and caffeine
- Think positively
- Speak to someone about your stress if you think you need to
- Have a balanced diet
- Drink plenty of water
- Engage in a regular relaxation activity
- Be a good communicator
- Laugh lots and maintain a good sense of humour
- Get good regular sleep
- Contribute to your community
- Keep goood friends
- Get organised, stick to timetables and avoid the last minute rush
It’s common for people to feel homesick when living away from family and friends, particularly if it’s for the first time.
Common surroundings, people and routines provide people with a sense of security and comfort. In a new place, you may find yourself missing the comforts of home and loved ones.
Some people may only feel a little loneliness, sadness, or anxiety. Others may feel physical symptoms, like stomach-ache or headache, or even become truly depressed. Most of the time, once the new surroundings and people become more familiar, feelings of homesickness go away.
These homesick feelings are completely normal and there are things you can do to make sure it doesn't spoil your fun.
- Do something you enjoy
- Write in a journal
- Stay active and get involved - have a look at the Socialising and Recreation section of this booklet for some ideas on where to start
- Don't forget to keep in contact with family and friends from home and if possible organise a short visit back every now and then. No doubt they miss you too!!
Some students find it difficult balancing study with the demands of living away from home. That’s understandable. There are assignments, washing, cleaning, cooking, a social life, lectures, tutorials, ironing etc, etc to fit in and that’s just the beginning.
It’s important to find a balance between study and your social life. If you’re working as well, this can be really tricky.
Some tips may include:
- Having a quiet study area where you can't be easily distracted
- Make 'to do' lists and stick to them
- Make sure you take regular breaks every 50 minutes for 10 minutes
- Make time for some exercise. This doesn't have to take up a whole day, half an hour is OK if that's all you can spare. Even a little bit of exercise will help clear your head and relax you.
If you find you are really struggling to fit everything in, your Uni or TAFE will have student support workers who can help you.
It’s easier if you’re well organised, so draw up a study timetable and stick to it. Don’t forget to factor in time for rest and relaxation.
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