For students, few things get the pulse racing and the palms sweating quite like the looming deadline of the dreaded dissertation.
Of course, stressed minds can make rash or miscalculated decisions. In turn, these decisions can result in personal injuries, either through the form of an instant impact such as slips, trips and falls or something longer-term like a stress-induced illness.
None of which is good. Here, then, are some quick and simple tips to help ease the strain as you strive to get over the university line.
Easier said than done of course, but it is important to do your best to keep a cool head. As you work away, should the familiar feelings of stress and anxiety begin to rear their ugly heads, stand up and move around. Combining intellectual and physical activity, such as listening to a podcast whilst moving, will help calm you down, at which point you can return to work.
Rather than just thinking ‘I need to have done 2000 words by lunchtime’ or similar, break your daily plan down into hour by hour chunks. This schedule should include time for working, eating, sleeping and personal time. Deadlines are important, but so is a balance.
Avoid chemical help
This is relevant at both ends of the scale. However much you think you might need sleeping medications and/or energy drinks, try and steer clear from them as they can greatly disrupt and upset your body and routine.
Work it out
Daily exercise can be enormously beneficial, and it doesn’t have to be anything strenuous – walking is fine – providing you enjoy it.
As well as stress-induced illness, there are other health dangers that arise from allowing dissertation panic to get to you. Leaving it late to hand the final project in, for example, exposes you to the risk of road traffic accidents or a trip in public as you rush to get there in time. Impatient or panicked drivers are far more likely to cause accidents on the road whilst frantically running is also dangerous.
If you do suffer injuries from an accident, then our expert legal team at Accident Advice Helpline can help establish whether you have a case for accident compensation. With over 15 years’ experience in personal injury claims, they can guide you through the process and usually are able to settle out of court.
Date Published: February 12, 2014
Author: David Brown