Time flies! I can’t believe I’m taking the last course of the year. We are currently preparing a magazine related to migration and our lovely city of Norrköping together with our classmates. The course entitled “Critical cases in ethnic research and migration” is a great opportunity to reflect on what we have learned throughout the year. I’m going to share my techniques that how you can deal with study stress.
Finally, spring and summer are just around the corner. The sun shines on the water. A warm breeze caresses my hair. The cherry blossoms are in full bloom. It is time to breathe, relax and appreciate the gifts of life. But how do you relax when deadlines, tasks, and responsibilities flow in my head?
The academic quality in Sweden is high. The expectations are similar. The good news is that hard work is worth it. Being an international student is a challenge. It can also be stressful. In my friend’s blog, Coco’s ambassador about her study process, while writing her thesis you will find many tips on how to reduce stress. There are also many other ways to reduce study stress.
1. BE ORGANIZED
It is important to make sure it is organized. You can create a list of tasks and place them where it can be easily seen. Trusting memory is not the best when the mind is already occupied with hundreds of different tasks. Unfortunately, I do not remember the elephant. What should I do to remember? I set many reminders on my smartphone. Birthdays, dates, request an extension of the residence permit, call mom, return books borrowed from the library and more. These notifications save my day. When you have a busy schedule, planning a day or a week helps a lot!
2. A HEALTHY DIET
Eat well, feel good! Most of the time my classes started at 9 or 10 in the morning. If I have classes in the morning, I always start my day with a good breakfast. Sometimes a quick porridge with seasonal fruit, and sometimes a plate full of cheese and vegetables. A well-balanced diet helps save energy throughout the day. It was interesting for me to discover that people in Sweden have good nutrition and healthy eating habits in addition to the high consumption of sugar and coffee. A healthy diet is simple. There is a salad buffet in almost every supermarket. The restaurants offer many delicious and healthy dishes on their menu. Of course, there is no better food than cooking your own food. Do not forget to keep fruits and vegetables in your diet. Drinking enough water is another key point for your health.
The ambassador of my colleague Usisipho wrote a very useful blog post about sustainable food purchases. Check it out here.
After all, food helps you feel better!
Being a champion takes a long time to sit and read. However, I have never been the type of person who can remain without exercise for a long time. One of the first things I did when I moved to Sweden was to be a member of the gym. I go to one of the biggest gyms in the city. Payment 350 SEK per month with a discount for students. They offer various group activities such as functional training, jumping, dancing and yoga. Everyone is welcome in group classes; There is no gender or age limit to join. All classes are taught in Swedish. At first, I asked the instructors for help to translate. They always helped me in learning. After a while, I didn’t need help because I remembered all my movements. It was a piece of cake! Individual exercise with various types of equipment is also possible. Exercise is one of the best ways to improve your mood!
If you are looking for a gym, a quick guide to Jesus’ gyms in Sweden will help you.
It makes no sense to be a gym person. There are many other ways to stay active without going to the gym. In Sweden, you often spend time outdoors and spend time outdoors. If you go out on a Sunday afternoon, you will see people running, running and walking. For most people in Sweden, physical activity is part of the daily routine. Of course, physical activity has many benefits for mental and physical health.
If you are a student, you cannot emphasize essays, group projects or presentations. No matter how busy you are, taking care of yourself is important. This is not a luxury, it is a necessity. Deep breathing, meditation, a healthy and balanced diet, exercise … All this helps you feel good. It is necessary to find time for relaxation and regeneration. I always go for a walk in the forest to appreciate the peace of nature and spend some time alone. Listening to music also helps me relax. This Spotify list is my favorite house music to relax.
A friend of mine recommended an application to practice personal meditation. Headspace is a pleasant and easy application that offers short meditation sessions and attentive life. There are many thematic sessions related to stress, sleep, and anxiety. It helps me learn more about how to reduce daily stress and stay focused.
5. ASK FOR SUPPORT
Finally, if nothing helps reduce stress and anxiety while learning, do not hesitate to ask for help. Sometimes it is good to talk with a friend or family. Sometimes we may need more advice. All universities have a student health center that helps students have a healthier lifestyle. At my university last month, a student health center organized workshops on procrastination and work blocks. I look forward to the next workshops.