- It sounds cliche, but find what you love. There’s nothing more unnerving than studying or being trapped somewhere you don’t want to be. The infuriation that accompanies that feeling of entrapment exacerbates the stress. Do something that makes you happy so that you can gladly take on the pressures of it.
- Set short term rewards so that there’s not just one light at the end of a very long tunnel. You need light to guide you and keep you on track, so on occasion treat your self!
- Breathe and meditate. Those overly relaxed people leaving bikram yoga really are that chilled.
- Realise that stress is all in your head. Stress is a non-tangible figment of your imagination – they are literally just thoughts. Rather than fixating on these thoughts, acknowledge them and let them move on. There’s never going to be a day where you’re cured of anxiety – it’s a natural part of every day life. So the sooner you accept that, and realise that the better. These feelings of anxiousness really can’t hurt you unless you let them.
- Listen to music. Find a playlist you love – turn off the lights and focus entirely on each song. Practising this type of concentration will help with study – believe me. May I suggest Matt Corby’s Tour Playlist – it’s magical.