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7 Steps for Reducing College Stress

“Hey, how are you?”

“I’m just so tired.”

I hear this conversation on the college campus at least five times a day, if not more. College students are always “tired” and “stressed.” If this is you, listen up! I have the advice you need. Here are seven super easy and fun ways to de-stress. (Note: this is not based on scientific or medical research, but rather, my own personal experience.)

Seven Steps to Stress Less:

  1. DJI_0012-2 copyExercise. You are behind the times if you don't know that exercise is good for your health. However, it would not come as a shock if one was not informed that getting the right amount of sleep can help one feel less stressed. The chemical in your brain that makes you feel good increases the amount released during exercise. Simple activities such as walking, playing a quick game of tennis, or swimming a few laps can reduce stressful feelings.  

  2. Sleep More. There is a great correlation between the amount of sleep and exercise to the stress level. Those exercising and sleeping regularly are more likely to feel less pressure and can enjoy their everyday tasks. If you are having trouble sleeping, this is not something to take lightly. Consult your doctor if this is an ongoing issue. However, if the problem lies within your personal decision to go to bed earlier, you might want to set a bedtime for yourself. God created the human body to recharge by sleeping. Not sleeping the sufficient amount can be compared to your phone battery running out of charge or your car going empty on gas.

  3. Organize. In a cluttered world, it is easy to get stressed. Anxiety and nervousness can occur if you are not organized. Keeping your room, car, or even book bag orderly can help you feel less stressed. It is one more thing that you do not have to worry about! If you are overwhelmed, take 10 minutes to organize something in your life, and it may help you feel better.IMG_2537 copy

  4. Enjoy Nature. God gave us beautiful trees, flowers, and grass to appreciate. Spending time in God-given nature is a great stress reliever. When I am really stressed, and in need of a brain break, I give my best friend a call and go for a walk. When I need a break from it all, taking a stroll with just me and my thoughts is a good release for me. Try taking a brisk walk sometimes.
  5. Hot Yoga. Speaking as an inflexible and sometimes irritable person, hot yoga has taught me how to relax, breathe, and slow down. There are many hot yoga classes available through independent gyms that you can partake in for a fee, but if I have a lot on my mind and I just need to escape reality, I head on down to the annex to spend some time in the sauna doing hot yoga. If yoga is not up your alley, try abdominal workouts in the steam room.

  6. Don’t Junk. You are probably wondering what in the world that means. Well, I’m talking about the ho-ho’s you were munching on at midnight last night. Aside from sleeping and exercise, the food that you are putting in your body extremely impacts your mood and wellness. Toaster pastries and potato chips do not do your brain justice. Feed your soul with a variety of wholesome food and nutrients. Banana's, peanut butter, whole wheat bread, asparagus, apples, whatever it is, make it healthy.

  7. Listen to Music. It’s good for the soul. As Billy Joel once said, “I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”