The semester is winding down, and that means we are all rushing to finish last minute assignments, taking advantage of extra credit and of course, preparing for final exams. Have no fear, the RMR is here! Here is a list of stress reduction techniques that will get you through the rest of the semester and beyond:
- Stress Balls: These small balls pack a lot of power. Squeezing a stress ball in your hand for just a few minutes can help release the tension your body builds up when you are stressed. They can be found on Amazon for as low as 33 cents.
- Adult Coloring Books: There has a been a growing trend of adult coloring books that help relieve stress. They have different themes like mandalas and flowers that keep you so focused that they make you forget all about what you are stressing over.
- Music: Studies have shown that listening to music, especially classical music, helps slow down your heart rate and decrease the level of stress hormones in your body. Creating a stress relieving playlist could help you accomplish everything on your to-do list.
- Yoga: Yoga is great for calming the mind. Certain poses are made just for releasing tension in the body; it also focuses on deep breathing that could help you work through your stress.
- Journal: Keeping a stress journal could help you get through whatever it is that has you stressing. Get rid of all your worries and concerns by writing them down and creating a plan to conquer them.
- Eat: Stress-eating could be helpful because instead of fidgeting, you could move your body by putting food in your mouth. However, make healthy eating choices like trail mix, dark chocolate, nuts, and fruits.
- Drinks: For those of you who are 21 and over, alcoholic beverages could help calm you down and reduce your stress when taken in limited amounts. For those that aren’t of legal drinking age, herbal teas like chamomile and peppermint tea are great for relaxing the nervous system.
- Exercise: Getting fit and active can help calm you down. Aerobic exercises help increase your brain’s feel-good neurons, which in turn reduce your stress.
- Don’t procrastinate: As college students, we tend to wait until the last minute to get assignments done, no matter how early its assigned. Of course it’s easier said than done, but DON’T PROCRASTINATE! Once a professor tells you about an assignment, set aside a specific day and time ahead of the due date to work on it.