Top 6 Tips to Relieve Stress

As a college student, I constantly feel stress. During my first year in college, I absolutely did not know how to manage my time and before I knew it, a test, in which I was unprepared for, was coming my way like a surprise slap on the face. My days went like this:

Monday: Lalalalala~ lots of free time. Let me just watch an episode of Suits and then I'll get to work. -After Suits episode ends- Ooooh some new YouTube videos just got released!!...and gotta stay updated on that Instagram grind...oh and can't forget StumbleUpon! (Thanks Maria...-_-)

Tuesday: Woo! Just finished a lab! Time to kick back, chillax and bake cookies and cupcakes.

Wednesday: HOLYYYYY SHITTTT. I have a f%^*@$' midterm tomorrow. -Pull an all-nighter and feel like shit the next day-

Consequently, this led me to binge eating on a crap ton of sugar and carbs (like bread, energy bars, ice cream, etc etc), drinking tons of sugar and caffeine (in the form of boba, lattes, mocha, whatever I could get my hands on), while I cram the test, and crashing afterwards, OR WORST, during the test. NOT FUN!!! My problem was that I didn't know how to balance out my time between friends, family, schoolwork, extra curriculars, and hobbies. This time period was definitely a negative time period in which I would feel stressed about upcoming tests, depressed for not doing well on a test, anger at myself for eating my feelings away, and a decreasing sense of self-confidence because negative thoughts were tearing me away. I still don't know how to deal with stress completely yet, but that's okay, it's all a learning process! To not disappoint myself with my overly high expectations, I remind myself to make small goals and take it one step at a time. I am strong and all things amazing. You are strong and all things amazing. I got this. We got this. <3 :)

My first year in college was definitely a journey of figuring out what worked best for me. Below I've listed some things that help me out when I feel on edge and hopefully it'll be helpful to you as well! :)

Top 6 Tips to Relieve Stress

1.) EXERCISE! This is magic. This puts me at ease within a matter a minutes of doing some sort of heart-pumping activity. As your adrenaline rises and feel good hormones kick-in, you're bound to feel relaxed after your workout. Another plus is that you will get a good night sleep. Some examples can be jumping jacks, running, squats, push-ups, pull-ups, anything!

2.) Take a niceeeeee hot shower. Ohhhhhh yeahhhhhh~ no explanation needed. You know what I'm talkin' about.

3.) Drink herbal tea. I really love mint teas! The warmth of the cup and the relaxing flavors are very soothing. Chamomile is great too, but it can put you to sleep (so if you're planning to do work, keep this in mind).

4.) Nap. Take a 10-15 minute quick nap for an energy recharge, especially if you feel sleepy. There's no point in doing work if you can't concentrate. Tip: If you plan on staying up late, drink coffee or tea and then take your nap. When you wake up, you'll feel extra refreshed!

5.) Meditate. Yoga, deep breathing, stretching, whatever form you prefer as long as you're mindful and aware of your thoughts, your feelings, and your surroundings. Tip: Close you eyes.

6.) Go for a walk. If it's daytime, look for colorful flowers. If it's nighttime, try to find a spot where you can see the moon and the stars clearly. Beautiful images and fresh air is good for both the soul and the mind.

Here's a picture from one of my walks:

I hope you found this article helpful! :) Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below. I like hellos too. ^___^

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