7 Healthy Ways To Relieve Stress During College

It is very common in college to become overwhelmed with stress. Between all of the responsibilities of school and adjusting to living on your own, there is a lot of pressure to do well which can lead to stress and anxiety. Stress can take a toll on our bodies and health as well as negatively affect our daily routines.

There are good and bad ways to deal with stress. Your quality of life and ability to deal with everything you are stressed about can highly depend on how you choose to deal with your stress. Keep calm and try these seven natural remedies for stress reduction.

1. Exercise

Exercising gives you something to focus on besides your other obligations. Whether you prefer running, yoga or playing a sport, exercising is the perfect way to reduce stress. Stretching and taking deep breaths can reduce muscle tension. Working up a sweat while you exercise has the added benefit of reducing endorphins into your brain, which instantly puts you in a better mood.

2. Sleep

Between all of your tasks, make sure you schedule time to sleep. Not getting enough sleep can leave you cranky and unproductive, which will only add to your stress. Find the right balance of sleep that leaves you well rested and ready for the day. If you need to take a nap in the middle of the day, make sure you limit it to 10 or 20 minutes. That way you won’t fall into too deep of a sleep leaving you feeling more groggy and exhausted than before. A short catnap can give you just the boost of energy you need to carry on with your day.

3. Call Home

Sometimes a little pep talk from mom is all you need to achieve a peace of mind in the midst of your chaotic life. This can immediately provide stress relief by reducing anxiety and negative energy from your brain. It can put things into perspective and give you the motivation you need.

4. Meditate 

Give yourself some alone time in the day to mentally organize your thoughts. This will make you feel more in control of your schedule. It has been said that inhaling certain scents can provide immediate stress relief, so maybe light some candles while you meditate. If listening to music calms you down, choose soothing tunes. You can also take a bath to relax and de-stress.

5. Eat a Good Meal

It has been proven that junk food can bring people down; so eating healthy can improve your mood. Maybe give yourself a break from dorm food and go eat a well-balanced meal off campus. Good food can provide you with long-lasting energy. Scientists have said that foods especially effective at reducing stress include blueberries, salmon and almonds. Any foods with B vitamins have been said to help induce relaxation and keep you awake. These foods include cereal, beans, nuts eggs and dairy products.

6. Limit Technology Use

Disconnect yourself from your cell phone and computer for a while. By not spending time on the Internet or your cell phone, you can shut off some of the means that stress reaches us from. This can help you appreciate the present rather than being focused on other things and also will limit distractions so you can get stuff done that is stressing you out.

7. Go Outside

Spending too much time indoors can make you feel suffocated and add to your stress. Treat yourself to something fun outdoors. The fresh air and sunlight will give you energy and improve your mood. Incorporating any of the above methods with this one will leave you feeling better than ever. Meditate or exercise outdoors.


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Natalie Alexander

Natalie Alexander

Natalie Alexander is a sophomore at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo pursuing a degree in journalism with a concentration in public relations. In her free time she enjoys traveling, dancing, exploring, swimming, laughing, shopping, napping, writing and spending time with her family and friends.
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