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Try These 8 Tips to Beat Stress When You Study at a University in the UAE

Being at a university in the UAE is exciting: there are many cultural and sporting activities, challenging academic work, and tempting activities in Abu Dhabi. College sophomores can find it very stressful, very quickly.  So to keep from getting overwhelmed, follow these 8 techniques to keep you cool, calm, and collected.

1. Avoid the rush. As tempting as they are, caffeinated and energy drinks can make you more anxious than usual. Try healthy juices instead.

2. Sleep like a baby. With all of the important things college sophomores need to do, it’s important to get a good night’s sleep so that you can keep your mind fresh. 

3. Man cannot live on bread alone. Carbohydrates and sweets are especially tempting when people they get stressed. Although these foods release brain chemicals that make you feel calm in the short term, they can create major drops in blood sugar that leave you feeling worse than before. Instead, choose healthy, energy-boosting foods like fruit, nuts, or lean proteins. Eat frequent, small meals to avoid sudden spikes or drops in blood sugar.

4. Get Moving. Even with the busiest day, take time out to move about. If you can’t get to the fitness centre, go for a walk. If it’s not possible to go for a walk, try yoga, stretching, press-ups, or running in place.

5. The nose knows. Try a breathing technique called ‘alternate nostril breathing’, by pressing your thumb to the left nostril and breathing in with the right, then pressing on the right nostril with the ring finger and exhaling through the left nostril. This increases focus as well as relaxation.

6. Don’t forget to take a break. Even if you’re on a tight deadline, don’t forget to take short, frequent breaks: Get up, walk out of the room, go for a short walk down the corridor, get some water, but remove yourself from the source of the stress.

7. Laugh it off. There are few things more powerful than laughter. Find something funny and laugh until it nearly hurts. Even pretending to laugh has almost the same benefits!

8. Talk it out. If you’re feeling truly overwhelmed, it’s important that as a college sophomore you find someone who cares about you. Tell them your feelings and ask for their help. They may be able to give helpful advice or just be a good listener.

These 8 tips can make the most difficult challenges seem doable when you study at a university in the UAE. Practice these stress-busting techniques and you’ll sail through things that leave other college sophomores overwhelmed.