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4 Ways to Support Your Self-Care While Studying

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Studying is really hard, especially when you have so many other important tasks to complete. You may have a family, work full-time, while also trying to maintain relationships and your household all at once. If you're ever feeling burnt out, read our 4 ways of taking care of yourself during your studies:

1. Rant

The number one way to de-stress is to let out your emotions. Sometimes the best thing to do is rant or talk it out, whether you're alone talking to yourself, writing in a notebook, talking with a person close to you, or even a pet! Keeping your thoughts and feelings private doesn't mean you can't let them out, but if you want advice or comfort, it's always better to be around someone. Just remember to stop your rant at a safe place so you don't spiral and get more stressed.

2. Be mindful

Schedule your studies so that you have time for other tasks, such as other assignments, chores, staying hydrated, eating, and spending time with family and friends. Some people don't like to have breaks between studying and prefer to get all their work done in one setting, and that's okay if it works for you. But otherwise, many people forget to generally take care of themselves. So, be mindful of how much your brain can take and what your body is telling you to do.

Equally, study in an environment that makes you feel the most comfortable and let others know not to disturb you. Don't start studying if you're stressed and remember to stop when you start to get stressed. If you're starting to get stressed, you could watch brain or physical exercise videos, or indulge in a hobby, such as drawing, baking, singing, sports, or anything that you would usually enjoy doing.

3. Take your time

Different workloads and assignments are all due at different times, and you don't need to focus on every subject or topic all at once. Once you've scheduled your study times, schedule your breaks too. Forced breaks might be the thing you need to rewire your brain and get a little more energy. Restrict your study time to a few hours or even minutes a day depending on your circumstances. You're usually given a good amount of time between assignments and exams, so use that time wisely.

4. Stay happy and know that it's okay

Remember that everything will be okay. Look at your small achievements in comparison to big moments. Ignore those bad, little grades and things you don't understand. Instead, think about the good things that happened that amount to an amazing experience, result or degree, for example! The place you studied brought you joy, friends, knowledge and the next step toward your future! Studying doesn't mean that you have to be good at everything you learn and do, it's about understanding your goals and your next steps in life.

Deanna (or "Nana Barratt") is an MA Creative and Media Enterprises graduate from the University of Warwick. She previously studied Popular Music, but decided to take a different career path into writing. She now writes about music, the TV and film industry, and East-Asian culture, and gives student advice and lifestyle tips.

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