10 ways to relax at uni

10 ways to relax at uni

By Nicole Correia,

Not all of us find it easy to kick back and relax whilst at uni, even if these are supposed to be some of the best years of our lives. Sometimes work load pressures, financial worries and social problems may get on top of you, or seem a constant flow and niggling issue at the back of your mind. I certainly am not very good at ‘switching off’ and allowing myself to relax properly (as in fully get away from all university life worries or thoughts) So here’s some top tips for anyone who feels similarly or just needs some relaxation tips whilst they’re studying or finding living away from home a bit more strenuous than it needs to be.

  1. Sleep
    Getting eight hours sleep is so important, whether you go to bed at 11pm or 2am. Whatever your habits are it is best to keep a regular sleeping rhythm. This will stop you from being grumpy or irrational (boys, this doesn’t just apply to girls!)
  2. Turn off
    … for a couple hours turn off your phone. It will surprise you how much you check it/use it in one day. The longer you turn it off for the easier it is to ‘escape’ from other people when you just need some relaxation time on your own.
  3. Endorphins
    Get some: do exercise or get a bar of chocolate; both give you endorphins (but only one may make you feel guilty!) Endorphins are way better than overdosing on the caffeine to get work done, with the logic that you will feel less stressed afterwards…Now, have a nibble of a Cadbury’s bar, turn off your phone and let the work anxieties ebb away.
  4. Wash your hair of it
    Okay, so this is a bit of a play on words but having a long shower or bath will not only leave you feeling refreshed but it can also enable you to just have a bit of time to yourself without housemates knocking at your door or your books looking fiercely at you, willing you to read.
  5. Do something that you enjoy that isn’t work
    Whatever this may be make time for it during your day: window shopping, FIFA, Skype-ing your pet back home. It will give you a well-needed boost and help you to feel less anxious.
  6. Write a to do list
    This may sound like it isn’t very relaxing but it SHOULD be; it will help you prioritise and realise that the list is achievable.
  7. Talk to a friend
    If you’re feeling super stressed talk to a friend, vent it out and let them know how you’re feeling. This will be helpful to them as well if they understand why you’re not up for going to the union night and they may encourage you to let your hair down.
  8. Stretch and chill out
    Stretching can help your body to relax. Start with your feet and work your way up your body. Hold each stretch for eight seconds and you will soon feel a little more relaxed. Breathe in through your mouth and out through your nose. Ahhhh. Another great thing to try is meditation – it’s not mystical or spiritual – it’s just a great way to relax. Ten minutes a day will make a world of difference. Get some headspace! www.getsomeheadspace.com 
  9. Visit home
    If you really, really cannot relax then it may be an idea to visit home: have a good rest in your own bed, have your mum cook for you and actually enjoy the feeling of central heating. Relax for the weekend and recharge yourself; hopefully you’ll feel better by Monday.
  10. Have a small tipple
    If all else fails, perhaps pop open a bottle of beer or pour out a glass of wine. This will definitely help relax you- but hopefully not to the point that you are faceplanting the floor, due to drinking too much! Be careful, be responsible, but there is nothing wrong with unwinding with a drink on a Friday afternoon to relax you. Doing assignments after a ‘relaxing drink’ however is really NOT what we recommend.