If you are in currently in college, you’re most likely stressed out most of the year. Due to school work, work or thinking about how you’ll be able to pay off your student loans later on, stress may have taken control over your life.
By no means is being stressed out something good. Piling on a lot of work and eventually becoming stressed may seem like something temporary, though it could easily turn into a nasty habit that will be difficult to break. Stress that follows you into adulthood could negativity affect your health.
This is why I find it so important that I de-stress often. Fortunately, after some time in college I have found some ways to de-stress that won’t require you to spend much money or time.
Take a walk Outside
Out of all of the suggestions in this post, this one will leave you the most relaxed. Taking a walk outside at a park or around your neighborhood, will leave you feeling refreshed.
I enjoy taking walks at the park or on nature trails since being surrounded by flowers and greenery calms me down.
If you live near a pond, lake or ocean walks there can help as well. In fact going out and being within nature has been found to be helpful when relieving stress.
Go to the Gym
I realize that not everyone goes to the gym, though it going during a period of intense stress can help clear your head.
While it might be difficult for you to find the time to go the gym, even taking twenty minuets out of your day will make a huge difference.
I find that forcing myself to focus on my workout allows me to take my mind of whatever I’m stressed about. After these workouts I even find solutions to what’s causing me stress and or a new way to deal with it. There is even evidence that working out reduces stress.
Now, I’m definitely not a great artist, though when I’m stressed I like to give it a try. Whenever I’m studying for exams or working on a project, I try to take little 5 minute breaks every 45 minutes or so to take my eyes off the computer screen and draw something.
I find that even just drawing random lines of a piece of paper helps me relax a little and I am then able to gather my thoughts and priorities.
Watch Something Funny
This is one of my favorite ways to de-stress. After a long day of studying for exams or even taking them, watching a comedy never fails to help me de-stress.
The reason this method works is due to the fact that laughter triggers the release of endorphins in your brain whenever you laugh. So when you laugh you’re getting washed over with a sense of calmness.
Some of my favorite TV shows that make me laugh are; The Office, Parks and Recreation and Queer Eye. All of which are available on Netflix.
Hang out with Friends
Hanging out with friends will force you to take a break from thinking about whatever is causing you stress. I find that when I’m really stressed out about something talking to a friend always reminds me that there is a world outside my own.
Whilst having a conversation with friends I always find that we end up talking about their sources of stress, which reminds me that I’m not the only one.
While this method could easily cause more stress since much time could be wasted this way, just remember to have a set amount of time so you don’t end up procrastinating.
Remember to take some time out for yourself not only to de-stress but to really succeed in college. For more information about de-stressing during check out this blog post.
Thanks for reading!