February 2017: My tips for dealing with stress

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A month after the end of Semester one lectures, the even more demanding period of time commenced that is no other than the exam period. Don’t panic though! Everything is manageable with some smart handling.

Here are some tips which I think will help you to cope with stress throughout your studies.

Work smarter – Set small tasks
Draw a plan of the workload you are going to give yourself, prioritise your tasks and set your goals. Don’t set tasks that you know you won’t be able to achieve because this may lead to a feeling of failure and incomplete work will be pushed back to another day. Don’t leave anything to the last minute, it’s really hard to catch up with the workload a couple of days before your exam date!

Have a break!
Change your scenery, get some fresh air or have a quick coffee with your friends. This will help you recharge your batteries and clear your mind. Also, the University offers de-stress programs of fitness during the exam period for free. Give them a try!

Fuel up
Eat well, drink plenty of water and get enough quality sleep so that you can keep your brain functioning well.

Don’t neglect your human relationships
Keep in touch with friends and relatives. They can really help you change your mood. In the case that you have any queries regarding your course, don’t hesitate to ask your peers for help.

Right after the end of the exams we had only three free days before the beginning of Semester two. In my last post I hadn’t revealed our trip destination for the post exam celebration. Now I can tell you that I travelled to Belfast with 12 people from my class and it was more than just fun. We had a lot of laughing, sightseeing, eating and drinking. Belfast was ideal for three days and thanks to a free tour we joined, we learned more about the city from our local tour guide. Our day trip to the Giant’s Causeway where scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed was an unforgettable experience. The landscape was breathtaking and a day-trip to the Giant’s Causeway from Belfast by coach is more than worthy.

Vacation can never be enough! After a delayed return flight to Manchester, the beginning of Semester two was officially the next day.

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Giant's Causeway

Giant’s Causeway

Lunch in Belfast

Lunch in Belfast

Belfast

Belfast

Belfast, Titanic Museum

Belfast, Titanic Museum

Belfast Castle

Belfast Castle

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