As exams rapidly approach, we feel the stress and angst rising amongst the students at Deakin. Indeed, that five letter word is sometimes (and by sometimes we mean most of the time) terrifying, but it can also be empowering and exhilarating knowing that it’s the end of the trimester and for some, the beginning of a new chapter in life.
In light of this taxing period, DUSA is not only holding fresh fruit and snack stations so you can re-fuel your brain during exams (more info below), but also providing you with five weird ways to de-stress! That’s right, we’re helping you cope with the crazy season not through your run of the mill relaxation techniques, but the unspoken wacky ways one can gain control of their chill during the busiest time of the year.
Discover five ways to fight the fright of exams:
1) Smell an Orange
We know what you’re thinking…has DUSA lost its marbles? It’s strange, we know! But if you can move past this, studies have actually shown that Vitamin C helps relieve stress by lowering levels of stress hormones, including cortisol, and improving your mood. Drinking orange juice can also do the trick as it’s delicious and nutritious all at once!
2) Chew Gum
Chewing gum not only gives you minty fresh breath, but also reduces snacking, anxiety and depression, as well as potentially boosting your mood and productivity. Alongside these factors, chewing gum can also increase your alertness and improve multi-tasking, making exam revision a total breeze. It’s gum-believable.
3) Carry a Worry Stone
What’s a worry stone, you ask? Well my friend, find a rock with a smooth surface that you can easily fit in your palm and anytime you feel stressed, simply rub it, and you’ve got yourself a worry stone! Through this motion, you’re transferring all that stressful energy onto the stone meaning it’s no longer weighing on your shoulders.
4) Wear Green Nail Polish
Relieving stress and having cute nails, who knew killing two birds with one stone would be so easy? According to a recent study, the colour green can immediately lower your heart rate and blood pressure, as well as feelings of anxiety during those stressful times. It also has a calming effect, perfect for finding your Zen. Namaste, peeps.
5) Visit a Smash Room
Have you ever wanted to blow off some steam with no consequences? Visit a smash room! Research has shown that smashing something in a healthy and safe environment can release muscle tension gained from extreme stress, as well as release endorphins to emit happier thoughts and feelings.
DUSA Exam Snack Stations:
Monday 7 – Thursday 17 Oct 2019 (10.30am – 1.30pm) along Morgan’s Walk and if wet, in Student Central Precinct.
Monday 7 – Thursday 17 Oct 2019 (10.30am – 12pm) on Union Green and if wet, in the DUSA Lounge.
Fruit and muesli bars will be available outside the DUSA student lounge during the 14 – 18 October (second week of exams).