Stress is a serious problem for many people, especially in college. Whether you’re in the library panicking about tomorrow’s midterm or just overwhelmed by your crazy class schedule, these simple tips are a great way to relax no matter what situation you’re in.
Slowing your breathing is a great way to relieve stress or anxiety. Breathing slower can lower your heart rate and calm your body down. Here are a few exercises that you can do without anyone even noticing.
- Breathe in for four seconds
- Hold the breath for four seconds
- Breathe out for four seconds
- Hold for four seconds
- Repeat as needed
Count your breaths
- Breathe in and count to one
- Breathe out and count to two
- Repeat, with each breath being a new number until you reach five
- Repeat as needed
You can buy a small bottle of lavender essential oil from your local health foods market and carry it around in your pocket or a purse. Each time you are feeling stressed, stir in one drop of the oil into a glass of water and drink it. You can also apply the oil directly to your skin and the soothing smell itself may be enough to relax you. Essential oils often come with instructions, so refer to your own oils for more specific usage details.
If you can find something to occupy your attention, you will be less focused on whatever is distracting you. For example, you can plan a hypothetical road trip. Where do you want to go? Think through all of your options. Once you decide on a destination, what do you need to pack? Write out all the items on your imaginary packing list. When you are no longer paying attention to whatever is causing you stress, the anxious feelings may subside.
Every article about stress relief inevitably suggests exercising, but that’s because it really does work. Exercise releases endorphins into the brain and help you feel happy. Most of us may not like exercising, but it’s important for our mental and emotional well-being.
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