Practical stress management tips during assignment period

by | May 21, 2024 | Geography and Global Development, Undergraduate | 0 comments

Stress management during exams and dissertations is an important topic, with heavy academic workload and high expectations often leading to significant stress. However, Manchester has several unique ways to relax that can help you find balance in your busy academic life. This article will share some practical stress management tips that will hopefully help you stay mentally and physically healthy during your exam and dissertation period.

1. Watch a football match at Old Trafford or Etihad Stadium

You have the unique opportunity to interact closely with Manchester United and Manchester City, two of the best football teams in the world, as a student at The University of Manchester. Catching a match at the Etihad Stadium or Old Trafford during the thrilling final stretch of the Premier League season is an ideal way to decompress in addition to being a great way to enjoy football. You’ll be engrossed in the game thanks to the stadium’s cosy atmosphere, and the tension and excitement can help you unwind and temporarily forget about the stress of school. You will need to plan to fully enjoy the experience. Check the match schedule and book your tickets in advance to make sure you get a seat, especially for popular matches. Tickets for top events are often highly sought after in Manchester, so buying in advance is key to ensuring your attendance goes smoothly. It’s also a good idea to organize group activities. Inviting friends or classmates to join and share the experience can increase the fun and create unforgettable memories. But also make sure to pay attention to the crowd and follow the event guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

2. Take a short trip to the Mediterranean coast

Short trips to the Mediterranean are great ways to decompress if there’s a long stretch between exams or dissertation deadlines. Exam anxiety and relaxation can be enhanced by taking advantage of the sun and moderate temperatures at a relatively low cost before the peak season. Every location, be it southern France, Greece, Italy, Spain, or any other part of Europe, has its own special attractions and pleasant weather. Remember to pack study materials if you intend to do some light studying. The most crucial thing is to make sure that your trip doesn’t conflict with crucial times for studying or getting ready and to use it as a tactical break to concentrate more on your exam preparation once you’re back.

3. Get support from the university

You are not alone at The University of Manchester and there are many resources to help you cope with stress. If you feel overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to seek help from friends, family, or university support services. SEED Hub, in particular, has a friendly staff that can offer a lot of valuable advice. If you are having problems academically, you can also make an appointment to meet with a tutor who will provide you with professional guidance and support. Sometimes, talking about your stress can significantly reduce it.

Written by Yi, current BSc Global Development student at The University of Manchester