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Top 3 ways to relax when stressed

We all get stressed, there’s no way of avoiding it.

A bit of stress is good, but beyond optimal point it is spells trouble.

So, how to reduce bad stress?

  1. Stop Demanding Perfection of Yourself

When we do something, we usually imagine how the end result will look like, and it is usually a perfect one. We don’t account for errors and mistakes therefore the end state is usually not what we expected it to be.

And that is completely fine!!!

We are just humans and we are doomed to make mistakes, do not dwell on them. Instead learn from them and try to do better next time.

It will never be prefect so stop putting expectations on yourself that you won’t be able to fulfil.

Be realistic!!

  1. Exercise

Ah yes, the enemy of all people, exercise.

I am sure that you heard all the scientific and psychological benefits of exercise.

And I am here to tell you…

… That they are all true!!

So go for a run, pick up some weights, and release all of your tension with exercise!!

  1. Talk it over with a Friend

We usually get stressed because we misunderstand or interpret things in a wrong way.

So the best way to handle that, is to get a different perspective.

A trusted friend can help you, but remember that if the problem is more technical rather than emotional, it’s is best to take into account their capabilities.

Let me know how you deal with stress below 🙂

Top 3 ways to stay motivated

We all face times in our university lives where nothing makes sense, and we just want to give up and quit.

However, we must carry on in order to fulfil our dreams and achieve what we came here to do.

Therefore, I have created a list of top 3 ways that help me stay motivated. I know that some of them may seem bizarre and not as impactful as I will present them to you, but trust me, they will work.

  1. Tidy Your Room

We usually postpone tiding our room as it looks trivial… It will get untidy soon.

However, keeping your room tidy will be the first step in getting a hold of your life.

When you see an untidy room and it disgusts you, you are subconsciously telling yourself that if you can’t handle this, then how can you handle the bigger things?

  1. Create a List of Tasks and Tick Them

We all know our tasks for a day and we don’t write them down because we hope we will remember them. However, without writing them down you cannot see your progress with your eyes.

So, write them down, tick them when you have finished a task, and show yourself that your day is full of accomplishments.

  1. Celebrate all Accomplishments

Small accomplishments seem like nothing when you complete them, but they are as important as bigger accomplishments.

Therefore, when you complete any task reward yourself.

You will start to feel that your effort will allow you to push forward.

Tell me about your ways to stay motivated below 🙂

Top 3 things to do instead of going out

We all enjoy going out with our friends and have fun, usually accompanied by alcohol.

Unfortunately however, our bodies and minds need to take a break from these lucrative activities time to time.

 

Thus I am providing you, my precious readers, with a list of top 3 things to do instead of going out.

  1. A Venture To Nature

Our minds need a break from our daily lives, the best way to do it is to disconnect from all electrical devices and simply enjoy a long walk to a nice nature rich place.

It will allow you to release your mind from the shackles of technology and release your imagination and allow you to think deeply about anything you like, there will be no constraints on you.

  1. Indoor Rock Climbing

We all have always wanted to do this. We have seen it movies, where someone climbs and is afraid to jump down.

 ‘Rock Up’, located in St Stephan’s shopping centre, allows us to actually see and have a feel for it, alone or with friends.

It is great fun and decent exercise!

  1. Escape Rooms

Fight your way through riddles and puzzles in order to free yourselves within a time limit at ‘Escape Hull’.

This activity is basically trying to solve riddles in order to find clues which will eventually allow you to open the doors, behind which freedom awaits.

 ‘Escape Hull’ offers a wide range of types of room you can escape from.

Tell me how you spend your free time below 🙂

5 TIPS FOR LAST-MINUTE ESSAY WRITING

“Next time, I’ll start my essay when it’s set rather than when it’s due”

Sure.

It’s 36 hours until your deadline; you must spend your remaining hours working at 100% efficiency- rather than spending two hours on social media for every hour’s worth of work. Do you even have time to be reading this introduction?

1. TURN EVERYTHING OFF

The world is full of distractions. Let’s get rid of them. No phones, no excess technology. Your friends are probably messaging you about how they’re in the same situation, but they’re doomed; they aren’t following these steps.

2. HAVE A VISION

A good thesis is essential. Do you really think the lecturer wants to read a             re-hashed version of their own lecture notes? Exactly. Come up with your own unique angle on the question- and assert a position. It’s easier to defend an             argument than improvise and ramble.

3. STRUCTURE

Lay out your sections in a word document. Write a ‘topic’ sentence for each explaining your argument. Do all your sentences contribute to your argument?

4. GRAFT

Conduct research, add it to your topic sentences. The foundations have been put in place. Now fill in the gaps. Using a stopwatch or clock, work for 30-minute intervals, with short breaks in-between. This should help you maintain focus.

5. HIDE

You’ve approached your essay logically. You’ll do well, and it’ll be an enjoyable read- but you did it in one night. Your friends will hate to hear that you did well, so keep it on the down-low, and decide, once again, that you’ll try harder next time.

For more tips, contact me: @thetomwalsh

A MILDLY IRONIC GUIDE TO TINDER

Tinder. The UK’s most frequently used dating app. Everyone has heard of it, most of us have even tried it- but does anyone know how to use it properly? Well, you’re in luck.

  • JUDGE EVERYONE

You’re a self-respecting, stable and relatively proud person.  Matching may require a huge emotional investment. Could this next match be the love of your life? Absolutely- so I’d       recommend being excessively picky, swiping right only for a few special people, and drastically reducing your total number of           matches.

  • MARKET YOURSELF

You have 500 characters to sell the best things about you. Tell them about your interests, your hobbies, your… love of dogs? GO!

Or of course you could overthink your impending widespread       judgement and cop out massively. Perhaps write an edgy sentence, a quote, or… nothing really.

  • CHOOSE GOOD PHOTOS

Individual photos are essential. People want to know who they’re swiping for. If you want to include a group photo or two to show that you really do have friends, I suppose that’s alright.

However, it’s probably best to avoid photos of you in your natural state. Keep pictures of you laughing with your friends after flunking a bowling shot in your camera roll. Who even goes bowling anyway?

CLOSING THOUGHTS

Tinder is flawed. The shallow, seedy connotations associated with the app make self-advertising more pressured. Regardless, there’s a 100% chance of you failing to meet a good match if you neglect    photos, bios and effort. So, at the risk of looking silly, be yourself,   express yourself.

For more content, contact me: @thetomwalsh

CV Boosting Tips for Savvy Students

Whether you’re in first year or final year, it’s always good to think about boosting your CV. Potential employers will make a decision based off an A4 sheet of paper, so be prepared to make it look good and don’t sell yourself short.



1) Google Certifications– Google have started to offer free online certifications, from Adwords, Analytics and App certifications, it’s a pretty simple way to stand out from the crowd. Not only does it show a willingness to learn outside of your degree, but it will give you basic skills in each subject that can be applied in the workplace- best of all it’s FREE!

2) Volunteer– volunteering is great as it allows you to donate your time to something you may be passionate about. From helping the homeless, to simply working in your favourite charity shop- donating as little as one hour can make all the difference. Its a great experience where you can meet different people and learn different skills, for volunteering opportunities in Hull click here.

3) Blog– Ironic, eh! But blogging can give employers a taste of your personality and show them where your interests lie. Blogs are a great way to showcase who you are and what you’re about.

Most importantly though, don’t start neglecting your studies! CV boosters should be just that, a small boost to support your university education. For more help and guidance visit The University of Hull Careers and Employability page.



Have you got any CV boosting tips? I’d love to find out!

Top Tips for Struggling Students

University is a unique experience for all, whether you have gained freedom for the first time, are coming into education after years out, or studying alongside a job- it’s a mixed bag. However, at times it can get really tough, take it from someone who was a third year drop out!

Whether you’re missing friends and family, struggling with money or simply stressing about the workload, there are lots of obstacles to overcome. But not to worry you, can get through it, so chin up and follow a fellow struggler who made it to the other side. Here are my words of wisdom.

1) Believe in yourself- when the self doubt starts to kick in, remember you have earned your place at university, make the most of it- you can do it.

2) Use your support networks- especially your tutors- most of the time they are more than happy to help, drop them an email and arrange a visit, it can really give you the confidence boost you need.

3) Manage your time- it is much easier to cope with a workload if you manage your time effectively and plan ahead.

4) Don’t bottle it up! Your friends and family are there to listen and support you- it’s okay, be honest, if you’re struggling tell somebody!

If you do find you are struggling, the Hull University Union advice centre is a great place to start. You can find them in Student Central, visit their website or contact them on:
huu-advice-centre@hull.ac.uk

Do you have any tips or experiences you would be willing to share? Write in the comment box below!