Posts Tagged ‘stress management’
Some people may deal with stress better on their own, but for those of us who take solace in friends, there are many things we can do together to help get through the stressful times. Studies have found that reaching out to family and friends and making social contact can help distract you from the stress and provide a much-needed pick-me-up.
An old adage says that laughter is the best medicine. When things are looking grim, getting together with friends to just sit and talk or watching a funny movie can help boost your spirits. Laughter is an easy way to reduce stress and can cause positive physical changes in your body that promote a relaxed, pleasurable feeling. According to the Mayo Clinic, laughter has short- and long-term benefits, including stimulating your organs, soothing tension, improving your immune system, relieving pain and increasing personal satisfaction. It is an easy stress-reliever, and can take the weight off your shoulders in as little as a few minutes.
Eat Good Food
“Comfort food” got its name for a reason—when you’re stressed out, there are few things that can make you feel better than a great meal. Everyone has their favorites, whether its something savory or something sweet, that are the perfect go-to when times are tough. Whether it’s a break from the library at your favorite local restaurant or a home-cooked meal that you and your roommates make and eat around your table together, good food is a great stress reliever. Many people find the act of cooking to also be a stress reliever, and spending time in the kitchen will feel like a productive use of your time.
Do Something Creative
Creativity is a great stress reliever because it taps into a different part of your brain than that used when you study. Creativity can be expressed through music, cooking, art projects or anything else that you enjoy, and having the experience with friends can be even more beneficial than doing it alone. Try playing a game, singing along to really loud music, or cooking a new recipe—it’ll help you feel happy and fulfilled and ready to tackle your work when the break is over.
You may not think of a hug as a stress reliever, but give it a try! Physical contact is extremely important to humans, and the benefits of having someone around who gives really good hugs is often underrated.
Whether you’re a new freshman just learning the ropes, a sophomore with sights set on choosing a major and buckling down, or an upperclassmen moving full-steam ahead, when it’s time to get into serious study mode, stress is always close behind. Here are some simple ways to manage stress and keep yourself on track.
Get Some Exercise
You’ve probably heard this a thousand times before, but exercise can be a great way to reduce stress when you’ve got a lot going on. If you’re very busy, you can take the time to work out and still feel like you’ve made a productive use of your time. Head to the gym to take an exercise class, go for a run, swim laps, or do whatever you like to do to stay active. Yoga is also a great option because it combines exercise with meditation, which also is an excellent way to help relieve stress. When your body feels good, your mind also feels good, and the extra endorphins will help you tackle the stress and keep everything in perspective.
Listen to Music
Everyone has that favorite song or playlist that makes everything feel better on a particularly stressful day. Studies have even found that in addition to relaxing your body and your mind, the right music can actually help lower blood pressure. Some students like to listen to music while they study and others need complete silence to concentrate. Whatever you prefer, listening to soothing music can help you feel more peaceful. Take a break from doing work for a few minutes, close your eyes and listen to your favorite song. It’s a short rest that can be taken anywhere and can really help you feel rejuvenated very quickly.
Get Enough Sleep
Making sure you get enough sleep is one of the most important ways to stay productive during stressful periods in college. Even when you have three exams in one day or a very important paper looming on the horizon, getting a good nights sleep will help you stay calm and focused. As humans, we work best when we’re well-rested. Staying up all night to cram for an exam may seem like a good idea at the time, but you will actually retain more information and perform better if you work roughly 8 hours of sleep a night into your study schedule.
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