The ABCs of dealing with stress : Niner Times

The ABCs of dealing with stress

| January 26, 2016
Photo by Candice Kelly

Photo by Candice Kelly

Even though it’s the beginning of the semester, stress can begin to pile up as responsibilities grow. Between school, work and social involvements, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and want to call it quits. Here are some tricks and tips to help you combat the stress of life as a student.

Adjusting your routine can offer some relief to the monotony of everyday life.

Bake sweets. Brownies, cookies and cakes are satisfying not only the stomach, but also for the soul.

Create a calendar of what needs to be done so you can complete things in a timely manner.

Drawing can be a very serene experience. Pick up a pack of colored pencils and let your inner child roam free for a while.

Eat a good meal. There’s nothing worse than picking up greasy fast food after a tiring day and then getting all the way home to realize your order is wrong. Treat yourself to a filling meal from a good restaurant, or if you’re a culinary critic make it yourself.

Focus on what’s important. Figure out what needs to be done immediately and what can wait until a later time.

Get active. Going to the gym or doing exercises at home has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety.

Help someone in need. When we take the focus off of ourselves, it can help us remember our situation could always be worse.

Invite friends over and throw a party. We are all social creatures, and sometimes just interacting with our fellow humans can release the tension.

Jump around at a trampoline park. DefyGravity is less than 5 minutes from campus.

Keep moving forward. When things get tough, giving up should be your last possible option.

Look at things from a different point of view. Open your mind to different possibilities and perhaps you will think of an innovative way to solve your problem.

Move things around in your work space. Rearranging can make a place feel like new and promote a stress free environment.

Netflix is always there for you. Rain or shine, you can binge watch until your heart is content.

Organize your work space. Less mess equals less stress.

Plan for the unexpected. Bring paper copies of your presentation in case the projector isn’t working, or save AAA’s number in your emergency contacts just in case your car breaks down. If you are prepared for the worst, it will save you from scrambling around trying to figure out what to do.

Quiet time is an overlooked solution to stress reduction. Reflecting on upcoming decisions can really help you figure out the best road to take.

Relax. Take some time to read a good book or do something low pressure to rejuvenate your body and mind.

Splurge on a new purse or tickets to a show you’ve been wanting to go to. When you’re doing something you enjoy, you won’t feel so bogged down by things that have to be done.

Talk to a friend or family member about what’s stressing you out. Maybe they can offer a solution you hadn’t thought of.

Use your resources. Is that 12 page paper stressing you out? Visit the writing resource center on campus or meet with a small group to work on it together.

Visit a psychologist. If things are spiraling out of control and it’s too much to handle, there is no shame is talking to a professional.

Wine is a stress free way to end a crazy week. Drink responsibly, of course.

eXamine the cause of your stress and confront it directly.

Yoga is an inexpensive way to calm the body and mind. These ancient techniques can relax even the most uptight student.

Catch some Zs. Sleep deprivation can make every situation seem like the end of the world. Squeezing in a nap between class and work can dramatically impact your mood and alertness.

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