Self-Care Awareness: Managing Stress from Lost Keys to Finals

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Life can be stressful. Perhaps you’re a hard-working student trying to balance homework and finals. Maybe you’re someone tirelessly working a full-time job, in desperate need of a full night of sleep. In this blog, you will read about some top recommended ways to reduce your stress levels and result in a happier you!

  1. Go for a run!

Or if you’re not a fan of running, engage in any other physical activity that you would enjoy! Physical exercise is a great way to get the heart pumping, your lungs working and any extra steam out of your system. Whether it’s going for a run, going for a hike or just simply taking a walk with a friend, this is a great way to relieve some stress and spend some time looking after yourself!

  1. Read a book/watch a film!

I’m both an avid bookworm and a huge movie buff, so I can attest to both of these! As a college student, life at school gets pretty hectic with all the tests, homework, group projects, presentations, etc. I always find that sitting down to read a favorite book or watch one episode of a favorite show helps reduce the amount of stress I have that day.

  1. Go play with your furry four-legged friend!

AGH! Just looking at this picture of a beagle puppy automatically lowers my stress level. Imagine how much holding him would help! In case you couldn’t tell, I’m a massive dog-lover. When I was young, I would go to a dog park even if I didn’t have a dog just so I could see all the other pups in the neighborhood.

And to this day, as a college student, I will take a short trip with my friends to the dog-friendly beach five minutes away — not for the beach itself, but solely for the dogs. It’s an instant cure for stress during finals week, for sure. If you don’t have a dog or cat, visit a friend who does, go to a dog park or visit a nearby shelter. Or, you know, just adopt one!

  1. Spend some time with good friends!

Surrounding yourself with some awesome, supportive friends is key to relieving some stress. There’s nothing like going out for coffee (or tea, if you don’t like coffee) with a good friend who will listen to all your concerns and anxieties and offer you encouragement.

One really good friend is worth more than one hundred shallow friends, so strive to invest in meaningful friendships with those around you– friends who will be there for you on both the rainy days and the sunny days. It makes all the difference!

  1. Take a walk in nature!

This one might be similar to the first tip, but the main point here is not the physical activity but surrounding yourself in nature. Whether that’s going for a nice stroll in the woods, submerging yourself in the mountains, or watching the sky kiss the horizon at sea, taking some time in nature will definitely ease your worries. There’s just something about getting away from all the hustle and bustle of a life surrounded by busy people and going out to be in the midst of nature.

  1. Get some sleep!

This one seems simple, yet it is so crucial. Too often because of school, work and busy schedules, we find ourselves staying up late and waking at the crack of dawn. This results in a very sleep-deprived, possibly cranky and even more stressed individual.

Sleep is so important, and you should be striving to get at least seven hours a day. Even better, push for eight. You’ll wake up feeling rested and rejuvenated rather than cursing the sun and your alarm clock.

  1. Make a to-do list.

I know, I know. Sometimes the last thing you want to do is think about all the tasks you have to complete, let alone write it down. But trust me, making a to-do list really helps organize your thoughts as opposed to having all of your tasks scrambled together in your mind. I find I’m more stressed when I try to remember what I have to do that day off the top of my head.

You can even make multiple types of task lists if you really want to be on top of things! For example, you can make a daily task list, as well as weekly and monthly ones to stay ahead of the game. When you make a list, yeah, it looks daunting initially, but there’s nothing more satisfying than crossing that task out once you’ve completed it.

  1. Take a bath!

A bath is a great way to relax and get some peace and quiet. Light some candles, throw in a bath bomb, or even incorporate some of our favorite essential oils into the bath! Lavender, lemon and Roman chamomile are great oils that are known to relieve stress levels as well. So, treat yourself to a nice warm bath surrounded by scented candles and essential oils! You deserve it!

Even on your busiest days, take a deep breath, remember not to put so much pressure on yourself and take some time to treat yourself to some of the things listed above! Life is so fast-paced, and sometimes we just need a few moments to ourselves where we can smell the flowers and take a nice stroll.

Spend some time taking care of yourself, and you’ll surely find yourself better equipped to take on the day!

-Rachel, Summer Intern

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