January 21, 2014
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As an overachieving Scripps student my days can be pretty demanding, with some days even lasting from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. When you are trying to balance multiple clubs, extracurricular activities and a full class load, the stress can add up. We all have those days where we feel like we are being pulled in so many directions that we are on the verge of snapping. That’s when it becomes important to find the right ways to unwind from the chaos and gain some stability. Here are some of my favorite methods for relaxing after a stressful day.
Exercise. Exercising is one of the best ways to relieve stress. It has been proven that an increased heart rate can reverse negative damage to the brain caused by stress. Exercise also allows the body’s systems to communicate more closely. This can increase cognitive function and improve your mood, decreasing stress levels. This is one of the best means to relax because not only will you feel better mentally, but physically as well!
Listen to Music. If you don’t feel like your body could handle exercising after such a long day, listening to music is a perfect relaxation method. Put together a playlist of your favorite songs and tune out the world for a while. Putting your headphones in can help you escape reality and will give you some much-needed “me” time to decompress.
Cleaning/Organizing. One of the best techniques to de-clutter your mind is to de-clutter your surroundings. Organize your room, notes for classes or even your refrigerator. Get an agenda, write down all of your important dates and meetings to help you stay organized, and on top of your life. Just the simple act of cleaning out your desk can change your outlook on the day and put you in a brighter mood. Once you become organized, the stress will start to disappear.
Goal Setting. If you are under a lot of pressure, one of the best ways to manage is to make a set list of goals for yourself. This can help you get a handle on what you need to accomplish and will give you something to strive for. But don’t forget to reward yourself! If you have rewards or incentives for accomplishing your goals, it will make it that much easier to accomplish everything on your list.
Time with Friends. They say that laughter is the best medicine. So the next time you are feeling stressed it might be best to grab some great friends and have some fun! Get dressed up and go out, or put on your sweats and watch a movie. Either way, take some time away from all the tension and let loose with your besties!
- Lauren McKinzie is a sophomore studying strategic communications with a minor in business. Follow her at @laurenmckinzie1.