By Vivian Drury
It’s that part of the year where everything gets stressful. Midterms are in full swing, and finals and large projects are right around the corner. The stress of planning for the holidays is starting to set in, and that nippy October air is triggering all sorts of colds, headaches, and sore throats.
Through our stressful and busy lives, it is crucial to remember that YOU and your health are a priority. There are many different ways to relieve some stress, so find which one works best for you. Taking a little bit of time each week to slow down and recuperate is crucial for your physical and mental health.
Take a Walk:
This may seem very simple, but it can go a long way. After being cooped up inside doing homework or studying, taking some moments to get some fresh air is important. Whether it is a five minute or thirty minute walk, anything helps. Rather than focusing on taking time away from what you’re doing, try to think about how you are putting time and effort towards taking care of yourself and your well-being.
Take a Bath or Hot Shower:
Like fresh air, the sensation of water is very calming to the human body. The steam and fresh scents of the soap will soothe your senses and melt a lot of your stressors away. This also can wake you up if you’ve been spending many hours at work and need a break.
I know, I know—how can you sleep when you have so much to do?! Sleep is often pushed aside and is often of thought more of a luxury than a need. This way of thinking is wrong. Unfortunately, we are not vampires and cannot stay up all hours of the night. Sleep allows our body to replenish itself and gives you the strength to keep moving throughout the day. Try and devote a few more hours, or even a few more minutes to sleep. In the long run, going to bed at 3 and waking up at 7 will not help you at all.
Listen to Some Music:
Music is scientifically proven to calm you down. There are many different styles you can turn to, but I would recommend something a little more slower and relaxing rather than blaring hard rock or Fetty Wap.
As Elle Woods once said, exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. When you exercise, you are able to release a lot of that stress as you are sweating and focused on your workout. I enjoy running when I am stressed out simply because the motion of my feet hitting the ground quickly pushes the stress out of me. Get up and get moving, your body will thank you!
Do Something for YOU:
Whether it is taking the time to paint your nails or make a home-cooked meal or read a good book, do something that you enjoy. This will rejuvenate you and help you focus on what does make you happy rather than what is stressing you out.
Overall, just remember that you are an item that should be at the top of your checklist. Your health and well-being matters and trumps every other obligation. So take a few moments to escape and relax and remember what is truly important.