With school back in session, it is nearly impossible to not be stressed. However, just as important as studying for your exams is taking a break to relieve your stress. Here are five personally tested and student approved ways to release your stress and recharge!
- Go on a walk.
This is one of my favorite ways to decompress after a long study session. I have found that a 20 minute walk allows me to get some movement and fresh air. These walks give me a chance to clear my head as well as a change of scenery. I always come back to my study space feeling refreshed!
- Get active!
You don’t have to just go on a walk, any form of exercise that you enjoy can decrease your stress. Anything that gets you moving will increase your endorphins, natural hormones released in the brain when you exercise that trigger positive feelings, and leave you feeling reinvigorated and ready to tackle your exams!
- Immerse yourself in the world of your favorite TV show!
Although exercise is a great way to decrease stress levels, sometimes after a long day of studying you’re too exhausted to even think about expending more energy. In that case, watch an episode or two of your favorite show! By getting lost in the characters and story lines, you are able to step outside of your world and leave behind any worries.
- Rant to a friend or family member.
Sometimes the best thing when you have a lot of work and stress is for someone to listen and empathize with what you’re going through. Oftentimes when I’m slammed with assignments, I find myself calling a friend or my mom to tell them everything I have to do. They definitely do not need to know the list of assignments that I have to complete by the end of the week, but it really does make me feel better for someone to understand that life is stressful right now.
- Pet your pets!
You can also seek comfort from your pets too! Anytime my dog curls up beside me, I instantly feel happier and calmer. It has been proven that as little as 10 minutes of petting a dog or a cat can drastically decrease your stress levels. So, next time you’re feeling stressed go find a fuzzy animal to pet!