As we approach the lovely and dreaded finals in college, stress is at an all time high. And while stress is a given side effect of being in college, it honestly doesn’t help anything, and typically makes things a lot worse. The big problem is, what do we do about it? How can we de-stress?
Some of you might even be thinking, “but Haley, trying not to be stressed makes me stressed.”
Well, here are a few solutions that you can try. I can’t guarantee they will all work for everyone, but there is a pretty good chance that at least one of these gives you a little relief.
1. Make some tea.
Now, I know everyone doesn’t like tea, but if you do, try this out. I always make ginger peach tea when I’m stressed and having something to drink while you study seems to help you mind focus. Even the act of making tea is calming, mostly because you just have to be patient if you want it to turn out right. Don’t like tea? Try making hot cocoa or even coffee-decaffinated if it is after dinner time.
2. Do some Yoga or Zumba.
In my friend group, we take Wednesday nights to destress, and while we use a lot of these techniques, this one is a must have. We put on a song and do some Zumba, or if you are calmer, you can do Yoga. It helps you get out the pent up energy out so you can go back to your work and be more productive than before. Plus, it’s fun, so it puts you in a good mood before you have to focus again.
3. Sing along to your favorite song.
Currently, my favorite song is Chasing the Sun by Sara Bareilles, so this is what i put on when I absolutely cannot write another sentence of my research paper. Just take a break, blast your song, sing at the top of your lungs, and then take a deep breath and go back to work. It’s a short break, but it helps more than you would think.
4. Have a five minute dance party.
This one works really well if you are with a group of friends in your room and everyone has been studying for a while. Put down your books, blast the music again, and dance your hearts out for a good five minutes. Just as some advice, for all of you Jonas Brother fans out there that are still holding strong, Burnin’ Up and S.O.S. are prime dance party songs.
5. Do a coloring page.
Weird, I know. Well, actually, not for me. I love coloring, and it’s something that helps me calm because I don’t have to use my brain power at all. If you haven’t colored in a while, try it again. There are plenty of websites online like this one where you can print off a page of your choice if you don’t have a book at school. It’s pretty amazing.
6. Call your family or your friend.
I always find myself getting frustrated when I’m not with friends to vent with. I have called my mom or one of my best friends more times than I would like to admit when I’ve been stressed. The good thing is, once you let your stress out, then you don’t have to focus on it anymore and can go back to work.
7. Go to the gym.
Working out is a great way to relieve stress. Yes, this may be a longer break than you intend, but if you setup time in your schedule to get it done, it will be to your benefit. After, take a shower and fill up your water bottle to have before you get back to the books.
8. Make a snack.
While this probably contributes to the freshman 15, sometimes all you need is a good snack. Whether this is a handful of Doritos or some chicken salad with crackers, eat something that you’ve been craving or a good brain food that will give you energy.
9. Give someone a hug.
If you are giving someone a hug, you’re also getting a hug. Hugs make a lot of people feel better, especially at college when you don’t get them as often. This is my favorite one, to be completely honest. Don’t have someone around to give a hug to? Try reading this.
Have any other stress relieving tips? Comment below!!