Whether you're a student or in full-time work, stress and pressure is bound to strike in at least one moment of your journey. Stress does a funny thing to the body. It can cause mental and physical strains and leave you just not feeling your usual self. It's a perfectly normal thing, it's merely a reaction to positive or negative situations. While it's commonly associated with bad situations, it can appear after you've just received good news too, such as being accepted into university or getting a new job. 

There's no right or wrong time to be feeling this way, One thing that it shouldn't do though is consume you and make you feel under the weather for a long stretch of time. Certain commitments might subconsciously encourage you to keep up the pace but it's so important to stop and unwind. It's time to get your body, brain and life back in order with a few simple steps. 

1. Have a 'me' day Self-care Sunday, self-care Saturday... self-care any day! It's a basic need and the perfect way to eliminate stress. It's a common notion to put other's needs before your own while your own needs get pushed to the bottom of the pile. Well, after a full-on week, take a day to day to reverse that role and have a day to yourself. Have a me day. A me day can consist of an all manner of things depending on what you love to do most. Whether it's a day in front of the TV binge-watching a Netflix series, reading a book or reaching for a face mask. Everyone needs to recharge and reconnect with their own needs and desires. 

2. Get outside

Busy periods filled with exams and deadlines can mean days upon days spent in front of fluorescent lights and glaring computer screens. What does being outdoors provide? Natural light! Fresh air really is what the doctor ordered. It’s been proven that walking in nature helps to improve anxiety, depression, stress and other mental strains. Being outside helps to calm the mind which also helps to reduce heart rate and blood pressure, both tell-tale signs of stress. It can take as little as five minutes to feel the benefits. 

3. Clear study/workplace

Clear space, clear mind. Decluttering can mentally prepare you for your next venture, whether that’s more study or work-related tasks or something completed unrelated. By doing this simple activity it can provide a real sense of accomplishment which translates onto motivation. Obviously, if you keep all your old work and things that you don’t need, it can remind you of the time you were drowning in stress and pressure. Get rid or hide it away.

4. Spend time with loved ones 

Friends and family bring out the best in you. You can be your complete self around them. Whether it’s staying at home or going out and being social, spending time with those closest to you is invaluable. They’re there to act as a natural buffer for the stressful moments of your day-to-day life, so use that time to relieve yourself, let go and have fun.

"If you want to relax, watch the clouds pass by if you're laying on the grass, or sit in front of the creek; just doing nothing and having those still moments is what really rejuvenates the body"

Miranda kerr