Surviving Fourth Year: 10 Ways to Relieve Your Stress

Surviving Fourth Year: 10 Ways to Relieve Your Stress

I never could have foreseen how stressful my last year of university would be. I mean, I knew it would be the most important and busiest year, but I never realized how crazy it would get. Over the last three years, I made sure I had one day off each semester, and I’m paying the price now by having six courses and class five days a week. Here are just a few of the things I have on my plate right now:

  • Working on my fourth year thesis practicum project, Sondre House Productions
  • Managing homework, readings, and assignments between six different courses
  • Applying for my Master’s program
  • Looking for an internship for next semester
  • Trying to maintain my blog and Instagram content
  • Trying to find time to go to the gym

I pretty much spend all of my time right now either at school or in meetings or working on practicum. When I was younger, my mom always told me there wasn’t enough time in the day to do what she had to do or wanted to do, and now I understand what she meant. Here are some of the things I do to relieve my stress.

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1. Go to the gym.

Between spending all my time at school or working on my blog or school assignments, it’s difficult to find time to go to the gym. I try to go at least once every two days. No matter how stressed out I am, going to the gym helps reduce it and at the very least, keeps me healthy. If the gym isn’t your thing, try a workout class!

2. Drink more water.

I used to drink lattes and/or smoothies every single day. Not only was it making me gain more weight – I feel like it made me more lazy and less energized. I recently purchased a Swell bottle (I gave into the hype) and I’ve been drinking water consistently everyday. My body feels so much cleaner and more energized, and because of that I feel like I can actually get things done.

3. Spend time with your friends.

Amidst all the insanity that is school, it’s important to find time to spend with your friends and the people you care about. Go out and do something fun! Some examples: Adam made sure to do his homework ahead of time so we could pay a visit to Uniqlo, and I went to dim sum for lunch with Nick, Kevin, and Lia to catch up with them. When you spend time with people you care about, it gives you something to look forward to.

4. Have your “me time”

Although I should have been working on assignments, I spent the other night catching up on the 50+ YouTube videos I had in my “Watch Later” playlist. Like spending time with your friends, spending time with yourself gives you something to look forward to!

5. Sleep better.

I try to go to bed and wake up at similar times everyday. I find that I don’t fall asleep in class as often as I used to, and I don’t feel as tired throughout the day. Throughout the summer when I wasn’t getting very consistent sleep, I always felt exhausted and fatigued, and I really hated it.

6. Wake up early and go to sleep early.

This is easy for me to say because I’m a morning person, but seriously – when you wake up earlier, you get things done earlier, and in turn you can get more things done throughout the day.

7. Listen to music.

I only really listen to music when I’m commuting or studying, but even then I don’t really listen to music. Music makes you feel good, so find time to listen to it and relieve your stress!

8. Take care of your skin.

Stress brings out the worst in us, and by that I mean breakouts. I generally don’t breakout, and when I do, I get super stressed out. Take care of your skin and use some face masks!

9. Dress well.

One of my high school teachers told us there was a study that showed that students who dressed well for tests tended to do better. I don’t know how accurate that is, but I feel much better about myself when I’m dressed well, and that definitely reduces how stressed I feel. This is why you’ll never catch me in sweatpants at school.

10. Organize, organize, and organize.

Finding out about and working on assignments the day before they’re due isn’t the best way to go. I bought a planner for the school year thinking I’d more likely just have it for the aesthetic, but it’s actually been helping me stay super organized. I used to dump all my due dates and plans for when I would do homework in my iCloud Calendar, and I always ended up shifting everything to the day before it was due. I definitely recommend using a planner!

I feel like fourth year or the last year of university is definitely the most stressful and time-consuming of all years. I hope you found at least a few of these tips useful, and I’d love to know any of your tips for relieving stress in the comments!

P.S. if you liked this post, you might like this post on things I learned as an undergraduate student.

Ways to relieve stress as a college/university student

Feature photo taken by Adam G.

Jessica Lam

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  • Megan (23Pixels)

    I agree so much with these tips! My last year, like all of ours, was also hectic! But it is such a great feeling when you finish and realise you didn’t just survive, you thrived! You learn so much not only about your subject, through your personal project, but about yourself, and what you are capable of!

    Having time to just work on you, like going to the gym, face masks, and getting ‘me time’ is so important!

    Good luck for your finial year Jessica!

  • These are all really awesome ways to relieve stress! :]! Going to the gym/spending time with friends/listening to music/organizing/winding down with my favorite hobbies and/or me time are all my favorites! Best of luck to you in your last year of university! <3 My last 2 years of college were two of my favorite years in life!

  • These are such great tips! Whenever i’m stressed I always go for a run – it’s the only thing that works from me!

  • Those a very good tips, thanks for sharing! Gym, music and makeup always work for me! 🙂
    Cheers, Eliza |

    • Thanks Eliza! Makeup is a good one, I should’ve included it as well 😊

      • I’d say – the best one, haha! And, of course, swimming and some SPA as well. Great Blog, sweetie! I also follow you on Insta!

  • Yvan

    Totally an important read at the perfect time for me! I was taking a quick break from stressing about life. Keep it up!!


    • Thanks Yvan, best of luck with school! 😊