Purposefully relaxing

Relaxing means to reduce your heart rate, slow your breathing rate and increase the calming chemicals in your body that can override stress chemicals.

Relaxation during the day includes:

  • actually using the seminar breaks or breaks between classes to have a break - get outside, get some sun, and leave your device/phone in your bag
  • taking regular breaks from study to slowly and deeply breathe in and out
  • stretching
  • closing your eyes and consciously relaxing your face, neck and back muscles.

Do any of these things with a heat wrap around your neck or across your abdomen and it is a real treat you can reward yourself with after you’ve just completed a subject audit, a practice exam or some other section of work.

Relaxation at night is good quality sleep.

Sleep brings the stress chemicals in your body back to baseline levels and is a key factor in sustaining effective study throughout the semester or a busy exam period.

If anxiety is preventing good quality sleep, try having a bath before bed, reading fiction for 10 minutes to stop your brain swirling, and/or relaxation music.

Information that appears on the TCB Wellness website is general information only and is not intended to be medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or instruction. The TC Beirne School of Law encourages students who have health-related concerns or questions to seek professional healthcare assistance, either from the student services provided at UQ or from their general practitioner.

Last updated:
23 February 2018