There’s no denying it – college is stressful, especially when midterms and finals come around. As a busy college student your schedule is jam packed with lectures, discussions, and assignments all while trying to balance a social life at the same time. Though your life may seem a little hectic at times, make sure you make time to decompress, or else you’ll burn yourself out too quickly. Check out these 10 ways to de-stress when you feel like you’re going to implode.
10. Go for a 10 Minute Walk
Get the blood flowing. A quick walk, or even just stepping outside, can boost your mood and is a great healthy habit. Taking a break can help you relax and clear your mind.
9. Breath Deeply
Deep breaths help lower your heart rate, lower or stabilize your blood pressure, and can help ease any anxiety you may be feeling. College is stressful and it’s important to sometimes take a moment to simply just release. Remember, deep low breaths are better than shallow breaths from your diaphragm – fill your lungs, let that belly rise as you breathe, and exhale slowly. Repeat until you feel better about life.
8. Buy Yourself a Plant
A little color in your life won’t hurt. Take a trip to the store and pick up a plant to help brighten up your room. From ferns, lucky bamboo, cactuses and other succulents, having a plant in your environment helps you destress.
According to Green Plants for Green Buildings,
“Respected research done by Dr. Roger S. Ulrich of Texas A&M University, Helen Russell, Surrey University, England as well as those conducted by Dr. Virginia Lohr of Washington State University verify that plants significantly lower workplace stress and enhance worker productivity…Participants working in an environment with plants present were 12 percent more productive and less stressed than those who worked in an environment without plants.”
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