It is inevitable that every college student will feel stressed out at one point or another. We are constantly trying to focus on our grades, participate in sorority functions, and get to work on time. Learning how to de-stress is essential so that you can focus on more important things that you want to accomplish. If you’re feeling stressed, I recommend trying one of the activities bellow. Find one that works best for you!
>Listen to Music: Playing some relaxing music is always a quick and easy way to relieve stress. Listening to calming music has a positive effect on your body and your brain. Try listening to some classical music or nature sounds. Even if you only have a minute or so, put on your headphones and try to relax.
>Talk to a friend: Your friends are your friends for a reason; they support you and make you smile! If you start feeling overwhelmed from a stressful situation, phone a friend or a sorority sister. Getting your worries off your chest can help you feel better. Your friends may even help you to look at the situation in a new light.
>Eat Right: Even though that fried chicken may taste delicious, try and opt out for some fresh fruit. Eating healthy and stress levels are closely related. Make sure you are eating properly. If your sisters are eating healthy, it will be even easier for you to make the right food choices.
>Exercise: Exercise is a well-known tool for relieving stress. Endorphins, which help improve your mood, are released every time you get your body moving. Choose a type of exercise that you enjoying doing. You don’t need to try and train for a triathlon. Walking around the block or stretching at your desk will get you feeling better almost instantaneously. Grab a pledge sister and hit up the gym!
>Get Creative: Who knew that crafting can help reduce stress? Crafting will help take your mind off whatever is causing you to get stressed out. Try painting a canvas for your little or begin crafting a cooler for your formal date. Keep clam and craft on!
>Take a Bath: Relive your childhood and de-stress by taking a bath. Turn on the hot water, place some candles around the room, and grab your favorite book. Turn your phone of to help create a peaceful atmosphere. The text is not that important; your sisters can wait!
>Get More Sleep: A lack of sleep is a main cause of stress. Try your hardest to get the recommended eight hours of sleep. You will feel so much better when you wake up in the morning. Work to manage your time so that you don’t get stuck writing a paper at ten o’clock at night.
>Schedule “Worry Time”: This may sound silly but it will definitely help you feel a lot better throughout the day. Try to set aside two 5-minute time slots sometime during your day. During this time, allow yourself to worry about anything that is bothering you. After the 5 minutes is up, stop. By limiting the times you can worry throughout the day, you can focus on what you need to accomplish.
>Play with Puppies: Saving the best for last, playing with puppies can help you relieve stress. Puppies are cute and will surely put a smile on your face. Universities around the nation are starting to get dogs on campus during finals week. Playing with puppies will give you a moment to get your mind off of whatever is stressing you out.