By Hannah Blaze
I feel like during college, no matter what time of year it is or how big of a load you may have, you’re always a little bit stressed. And I think it’s extremely important to figure out ways to relieve that stress to the best of your abilities. Stress is never fun and a lot of it can actually take a toll on your physical and mental health, so the less you have, the better! Here are some ways that always tend to help me mellow out….
1. Make To-Do Lists & Organize Your Life
If my life is a mess, I’m a mess, and the best thing to help me get organized is a To-Do list. To-Do Lists are great because you can organize everything you need to get done and it clearly displays what you have finished vs. what you haven’t. Plus, I think everyone finds it super satisfying to see a perfectly checked off list. You can write them on your phone, or put them on post-it notes and place them wherever you may need one. Whatever works best for your lifestyle! If you are not an avid list maker already, I highly advise becoming one. You will thank me.
2. Make Designated “You” Nights
Now this one may be a little more challenging for anyone sharing a dorm or room with other people, (I am lucky enough to be in a single dorm room) but once a week I try to make a designated “me” night, where I watch movies, eat junk food, and do a face mask, all by myself. I find alone time to be extremely important in maintaining my sanity and relieving stress, and having a night to myself is always super nice to relax and recharge. If you do have roommates or dorm mates, maybe stay back from a group activity every once in a while to get the room to yourself. You may be missing out on some fun, but a night in all to yourself will most likely be worth it!!
3. Go Home for the Weekend
I know this one may not be ideal or even possible at times, but if you have an open chance to go home every once in awhile, I highly recommend taking it. Getting a break from all of the hustle and bustle of college life and getting a change in scenery every now and then can really do a whole lot of good for your health. As I am writing this, I am currently home getting some well needed rest, and I can’t begin to explain how good it has felt to sleep in my own bed and use my own shower. I always feel much less stressed at home, and really recommend it to anyone who thinks they may need a short hiatus from their ever demanding college life!
4. Take A Nap
Naps will always and forever be my go-to stress reliever. Naps never fail to mellow me out and give my mind the well deserved rest it constantly seems to need. Even if you can only afford a nap as short as half an hour to an hour, I still recommend taking one! Research says a 20 minute power nap can still do you good and can allow for a quick boost of energy. If you’re ever feeling extremely stressed or overwhelmed, just nap it out and I’m sure you’ll feel much better when you wake up!
5. Indulge in Your Favorite Meal
When in doubt, eat up!! Stress eating can be bad when you overeat to the extreme, but indulging in your favorite meal every once in a while is a great way to relieve any stress you may be feeling! Even better? Make a date of it with your friends and go out to eat together! Nothing is nicer than a good meal surrounded by your best friends. If that doesn’t help make you feel a bit better, I don’t think anything could.
As you can see, there are so so many ways to cope with stress, but these definitely have to be my top few favorites. I hope this list can be of help to any of you who may be dealing with a large amount of stress at the moment. Luckily, winter break is right around the corner so don’t fret for too much longer! I know you all can do it!