Top tips to de-stress
Top tips to de-stress – diploma courses online:
If you’re considering studying one of our diploma courses online, then you’ll be joining a great community of students who enjoy flexibility and convenient study opportunities. More than just a training institution, we offer support and guidance from start to finish and beyond, for all our students.
Diploma courses online are suited to all people, from all walks of life. Each week we dedicate our rolling blog not only to Forme’s latest news and events, but also to ways that can help you get the most out of your studies. And with that said, let me introduce to you our November 2015, series. How to achieve work/ life balance…
It’s a topic we have touched on here at Forme before, but it’s one we believe is so important for students who study any of our diploma courses online. Actually, it’s concept we believe all people, no matter their industry, should work to achieve.
Why? Well how long have you got? The benefits of living a full and well-rounded life are infinite. Too much work and not enough downtime can send us into a crazy whirlwind of stress and anxiety, while on the flip side of the equation, too much play and not enough work can lead us to well… you know how the story goes.
So in the spirit of all things ‘equilibrium’ we are dedicating a full month of blogs on ways we can work to achieve a healthy work/life balance. So let’s kick it off with our top three ways to de-stress during a heavy study session.
Here we go…
1. Temporary technology ban:
Close the laptop. Turn off your iPhone and iPad and remove yourself from that technology trance. Easier said than done, believe us – we know. But do it anyway and make it a habit. Close up shop for a little. Step away from the computer and go do something to change your train of thought. We don’t always realise it, but the constant influx of emails, messages, Facebook updates and forced concentration can send our cortisone levels (stress hormone) through the roof. You will be surprised at how your productivity can increase when you step away and re-charge your batteries (and not just in the literal sense). Even if only for a half hour, do it.
2. Shake it off:
While you’re on your little technology ban, take a walk, get some fresh air and don’t feel guilty about it. Exercise has a number of direct stress busting benefits that are too good to pass up. By taking a little time away from your studies to regularly exercise (even a brisk walk) you can look forward to released tension, a more stabilised mood, reduced anxiety and improved sleep. Scientists have found that even 5 minutes of activity can stimulate these positive effects. Who wouldn’t want better sleep – I’ll put my hand up for some of that please!
3. Enjoy family and friends:
This has got to be our number one tip for students who juggle a busy schedule. Enjoy and make time for the people that mean the most to you. Maintaining a healthy relationship with family, friends (and of course pets) should be at the top of our list if we are aiming for a healthy and balanced lifestyle. A lot of times when we are flat out with study and work, the people closest to us are the ones that bear the brunt of our stress. Schedule in time for a coffee catch-up, a game of footy with the mates, a play date with the kids or a night out with your partner. You’ll thank yourself for it later on.
It’s like that old Irish proverb says… “Sometimes a good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.” Work hard, study strong – but don’t forget to enjoy life while you’re at it.
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