7 Ways To Manage Your Stress This Semester

It’s no secret that college can be stressful. There’s always a paper to write, a test to study for and a meeting to race to. Now that you’re #adulting and living on your own, it’s important that you’re checking in on yourself and making sure you’re handling your stress the right way. With the semester in full gear now and midterms are on the horizon, here are some helpful tips to keep your stress under control.

1. Sleep

Getting enough sleep is one of the best things you can do for yourself as a student. College students are notorious for taking a lot of naps and with good reason. When you’re well rested, it is much easier to handle to deal with your every day stressors. Try taking a 20-minute nap after class, or skipping that extra Netflix show and heading to bed a little earlier. Sleep makes a huge difference in your quality of work, as well as your overall mood.

2. Meditate

Meditating is a quick and easy way to feel less stressed. A simple way to do this is to practice deep breathing and counting to ten. Slowly breath in through your nose and out through your mouth. Try zoning out your surroundings and focus only on your breathing. The app Headspace is a great way to practice guided meditation and mindfulness.

3. Go For A Walk Or A Run

When you’re stuck in the library for hours, the last thing you probably want to do is go work out. However, going for a walk or run is a great way to alleviate stress. Getting outside and moving your body is a helpful way to clear your mind before you get back to the books.

4. Keep Your Space Clean

Keeping your room or your desk space clean is one of the best ways to keep your stress at bay. When you have a clean area to work or to live in, you feel more productive and calmer. If your space is cluttered, then your brain will probably feel more cluttered too.

5. Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy diffusers and oil is a little thing that can make a big difference when managing your stress. There are probably a hundred different aromatherapy oils out there, that help with different things. Eucalyptus oil is great for maintaining a peaceful environment while you study and lavender oil is helpful for falling asleep at night. Amazon has a ton of affordable diffusers and oil options.

6. Talk To Someone

When you’re feeling super stressed and overwhelmed, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to talk to someone. It’s better to let it out to someone you can confide in, rather than keeping it all bottled up. Get coffee with a friend that you trust, call your mom or even make an appointment with your school’s therapist. Any of these are great ways to reduce your stress and help you to get back to focusing on your to-do list.

7. Take A Hot Shower

When the going gets tough, one of the best things to do is to put down the books, leave the library, and head home for a hot shower. Sometimes one of the best things you can do to alleviate stress and any built-up tension is to take a break and get in the shower. There is something really therapeutic about letting all your worries go down the drain. A hot shower will also loosen up tense muscles you have from being hunched over at your desk. I promise you’ll feel more relaxed and at ease after a shower.

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