There is more to life than studying

You have come home for Christmas to celebrate with your friends and family and to sleep in a bed that’s not riddled with aggressive springs. You should be singing and dancing in the streets with your loved ones, but the constant reminder of upcoming deadlines and exams keeps deterring you. You make a point of turning down plans so that you have time for studying. As you sit staring at the blinking text cursor, the only thing on your Word document, you panic about how much you have to do in such a short space of time. Stress and unproductivity…

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Meditate your exam anxieties away with Anamaya

Feeling frazzled?! Is meditation the key to surviving exam stress…Studentwire investigates how leading meditation app, Anamaya, could help. Though we can’t deny there’s many positives of student life – the raving, lazy duvet days and having an excuse to eat terrible food for most of the time to name just a few – the stress of exams and mounting deadlines can, at times, get on top of you and seem to annihilate all those positives in one fell swoop. So how can we help to manage our stress levels during those demanding times? Well fear not students, there’s a new…

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Coping with university stress

University is supposed to be the best time of our lives, spending the years partying with friends, making dubious relationship decisions and having a much deserved power nap between seminars. However a new study from The National Union of Students (NUS) has uncovered some very worrying statistics, showing that one in five students are struggling with mental health issues brought on by increased levels of stress and anxiety. Some are even turning to self-harm in order to cope and one in ten students admit to having suicidal thoughts. This is a particular concern considering that suicide is the leading cause…

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You’ve almost survived exams

It’s the last week of exams for most universities and it’s almost time to get back into the university spirit for another few months… all be it with less hair and a few extra pounds from the stress and over eating. Don’t tell me you lose weight from the stress of it all. Don’t be that person. By now you’ve either lost the motivation that has kept you going for 2 weeks or realised that you should probably get cramming now. Why revise when you could go out, enjoy yourself and then leave it all until the night before, right?…

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Curing your exam phobia

Now I know that by this point in the year, you undoubtably will have been inundated with articles or emails or lectures or seminars telling you not to get stressed over exams and the best things you can do to help. None of which are often very helpful. However, recently the University of Birmingham’s Student Wellbeing Services ran a course on Managing Exam Stress which significantly helped me to feel 1 million percent better about my up and coming exams and I absolutely needed to share this experience with you and some of the top tips they gave me. A…

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