If this should be in the "off topic" forum then please feel free to move it, mods. Wasn't sure whether it was here or there :P
Lately I have been under a lot of stress from coursework piling up on me at uni, exams coming in a fortnight, revision problems, a high caffeine intake and some personal problems in my private life that just won't go away.
What I am looking for is for anyone to give me some advice on how to cope with the stress without having to resort to begging the doctor for diazepam as that's a route that could turn into a train crash!
I'm trying to cut back on my caffeine intake by switching over to caffeine-free coke and decaf coffee and tea. I've also reduced sugar intake as well and have my cereal without it.
I am taking sleeping pills, 50mg diphenhydramine HCl at night to knock me out, idk if that's relevant or anything. I also take valerian, hops and passionflower herbal supplement pills as that is a mild sedative (works on GABAA receptors apparently). I'm also on 100mg sertraline daily as well for depression.
Can anyone suggest dietary changes, other herbal supplements, meditation practices, whatever worked for them so that I can have some idea of where to begin at ousting stress from my life as it's playing old Harry with my productivity levels.
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ETA: I'm also cutting down on my drinking too! I'll only tipple at the weekends as I'm sure that being rat-bottomed probably doesn't help matters, even if it does feel it at the time!