• Hannah

low cost ways to de-stress.

Stress is a normal part of everyday life, whether it’s uni-related, family-related, or just a looming deadline, our stress buckets fill and empty each day.

University is a huge step up from secondary school, or your fun gap year travelling round Asia. There are expectations to work hard and achieve your personal best, which is something you should strive for. However, its natural to let this hard work turn into unwanted stress. Pre-prepare for this inevitable event with our destressing tips that won’t cost the price of a luxury spa day.

go outside by yourself.

Sometimes all we need is to collect our thoughts away from the environment that was causing us stress in the first place. Go outside for a leisurely stroll, brisk jog or just sit and watch the stars (or sun depending on the time of day). Take some deep breaths, appreciate your surroundings and head back feeling refreshed and reenergised.

talk it out with someone.

Chances are, your housemates or people from your course will be experiencing the same emotions as you, and sometimes a problem shared, is a problem solved. Talk about what is stressing you out and your friend may offer some alleviation advice, or use your friend as a distraction and take your mind off of your stress.


Scientifically proven as a stress-alleviator, partake in your favourite exercise to release those endorphins, get your body active and your mind focused elsewhere. Exercise doesn’t have to come at a high cost. Skip the gym membership and go for a run or 300 lunges round a park, whatever works for you.

do something you love.

Stress often distracts us from doing things that we actually love. What’s something you love doing? Reading a book? Sit in a comfy chair and read a couple of chapters. Movie-fanatic? Pick something on your Netflix list and watch it. It doesn’t have to be a long distraction, just enough to make yourself feel slightly calmer.

digitally detox.

Scrolling social media feeds and checking emails has become second nature to the majority of us. From the moment we wake up to the seconds before closing our eyes to go to sleep, we spend hours watching, reading, replying, and devouring through a variety of screens. Digitally detoxing doesn’t have to mean locking your phone away for days on end, as little as half an hour to an hour is still beneficial. The key idea is to give your mind a break from being pulled in all kinds of directions by one device.

meditate & mindfullness.

Although not for everyone, meditation has been known to calm the body down. If the whole meditation process isn’t for you, then just try sitting still with no noise for a couple of minutes. Make sure you take nice deep breaths and see how you feel. Mindfulness is the act of placing your attention on the present moment. Becoming more aware of the world around us in the present moment helps us look after ourselves and feel better. Studies have shown that practicing mindfulness helps relieve stress, treat heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, and alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties.

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