Don’t Let Stress Become Normal

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It’s about that time when stress joins the class like it’s a student that was added late.

So, here are 10 tips for handling stress:

1. NEVER accept stress as normal. Please don’t buy into the idea that because you are in college, you must be stressed out. That is so not true! Stress is a choice.

2. Get your rest. That may mean sneaking in naps throughout the day (NOT IN CLASS). Try to get as much sleep as possible at night. Turn off the TV. Get off your phone. Focus on getting some rest. Give your mind, body, and soul a break.

3. Exercise. I don’t have to explain this one. Walk. Run. Bicycle. Lift weights. Get your yoga own. Do something that you enjoy that will allow you to relieve some stress.

4. Meditate. You can find some basic tips in this article by Revitalize entitled “Everything You Need to Know About Meditation.”

5. Enjoy a meal. So often we multi-task when eating without actually enjoying the food. Take some time to actual taste your food.

6. Listen to music. Put on your favorite song(s) or album. Or, listen to something new via a new Pandora station.

7. Laugh. A lot. If you need a little assistance, check out a YouTube video of laughing babies, pets doing tricks , anything. Just laugh.

8. Get some fresh air. Go outside, even if for just a few minutes. Let the Sun shine on your face. Close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths. Be present in this space for a few moments.

9. Talk. Yes, like, actually talk to someone. Vent. Tell them a good story. Pray with them. Introduce yourself. Interacting with others can take our minds off of the things that bother us the most – even if it is just for a few moments.

10. Do something mindless (for a short period of time). We cannot (and should not) “be on” all the time. Watch crappy TV. Read a magazine. Play Trivia Crack. Take your mind off of all of the things that you have to get done.

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