Tackling Anxiety and Burnout for University Students


Managing University Stress: Practical Tips and Natural Solutions

Imagine this: You’re walking home after a grueling day at university. A firetruck roars past, sirens blaring (your chest tightens). Cars honk at a group of students crossing the street (chest tightens). A car ignores a red light and nearly hits you (chest tightens). A crowd of people surges toward you, not budging an inch to let you through (chest tightens). Then, you get stuck behind a slow-moving wall of people heading the same direction as you. All you want is to get home (chest tightens). Finally, you reach home, feeling drained and on edge.

I understand. This is how I feel probably a third of the week. The most important thing to know right now is that you’re not alone. Stress and anxiety are universal experiences. After scouring the internet for the best tips to calm down from these situations, I found that not all advice resonates with the deep, chest-tightening anxiety I often feel. “Just drink some water” isn’t always enough. The key is to recognize what you’re feeling so you can find what works best for you in each situation.

The scenario I described is a typical stressful day that triggers my anxiety. It’s different from those “poor mental health days” where I get lost in my own thoughts and feel down. Those happen too, and recognizing which feelings you have at the moment allows you to care for yourself appropriately. For example, I know I am 51% extroverted and 49% introverted. Sometimes I crave human interaction, but if I overdo it, I need to hide in a dark room and watch movies to recharge.

You’re not you when you’re hangry. Sometimes extreme stress and anger are just signs of low blood sugar or dehydration. That’s an easy fix! Keep healthy snacks and water handy to prevent these physical triggers from exacerbating your anxiety.

On the opposite end, try a light workout. I do BBG + PWR workouts, and when I’m stressed, I opt for a “LISS” workout, which stands for low-impact steady-state exercise, like walking on a treadmill. Put on your favorite Netflix show and sweat a little. Exercise releases endorphins, which help improve your mood. This is especially enjoyable if your gym is empty, providing some much-needed solitude.

CBD has become a popular tool for managing stress, anxiety, and inflammation. Beautanical Therapy combines CBD with natural botanical ingredients, creating effective treatments to reduce inflammation and improve overall wellness. Their products have shown miraculous results in treating conditions like arthritis, muscle pain, insomnia, anxiety, and skin disorders.

To help you on your wellness journey, we’re running an exciting competition! One lucky student will win Neuro from the Beautanical supplement range, a life-changing, all-natural solution to stress and anxiety. Neuro enhances neural clarity, reduces brain fog, improves focus, and boosts short-term memory.

How to Enter:

  1. Follow @beautanical_therapy and @heronsquare on Instagram.
  2. Comment below the giveaway post with your study partner.

The competition winner will be announced three weeks from now, on July 31st. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to transform your mental wellness!

Mid-year burnout doesn’t have to derail your academic progress or personal well-being. By incorporating a healthy lifestyle, a nutritious diet, regular sleep, and a CBD treatment plan like Neuro, you can manage stress and maintain a balanced life. Stay tuned for more tips and resources from Heron Square and don’t forget to enter our giveaway with Beautanical Therapy!

Pay close attention to your feelings. Not all anxieties are created equal, and understanding your unique triggers and responses is the first step in managing them effectively. Whether it’s through diet, exercise, or natural treatments like Neuro, finding what works for you is crucial in maintaining your mental and physical health.

Remember, you’re not alone in this. Reach out, take care of yourself, and don’t hesitate to seek help when you need it. Your well-being is worth it.

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