5 Simple Ways to De-Stress After a Long School Week
Not only is college a great place to earn your degree, it’s a great place to expand your social circle, try new things, and take risks. Unfortunately, college can also be pretty stressful. Not only do you have to learn how to properly manage your time, but you also have to take on new responsibilities, as well as learn how to handle different situations on your own.
According to a study from the 2015 National College Health Assessment, more than 30 percent of students report that stress negatively affects their academic performance. Similarly, over 80 percent of students feel overwhelmed by their amount of schoolwork. If you’ve ever experienced this type of stress, you know first hand just how tough it can be.
Thankfully, the weekend is the perfect opportunity to unwind and recover after a stressful week. Instead of wallowing in the heavy pressures of school, take into consideration these five simple tips to help you decompress over the weekend.
1. Get Exercise
Exercising is a great way to boost your endorphins and get your blood pumping, which happens to be one of the most effective ways to deal with stress. Whether you decide to take a walk, hit the gym, attend a yoga class, or go for a run, exercising your muscles and getting rid of tension will help ensure you have a calm, relaxing weekend.
2. Turn off Your Phone
Take a half hour or more on the weekend to completely unplug from our hyper-connected society. Turn off your phone, turn off the TV, and close your computer. Instead spend this time doing something that will result in immediate gratification, like cooking, cleaning, reading, or hanging out with friends. You’ll be surprised at how this simple task can help you de-stress.
3. Take a Nap
When your mind and body are stressed, your sleep pattern usually suffers for it. And the less sleep you get, the more stressed you’ll become. This cycle can be ruthless. One of the best ways to bust out of the cycle is to nap. Even if you only have enough time for 15 minutes of shut-eye, giving your brain a chance to sign off—even if just for a moment—will do wonders for your stress levels.
4. Listen to Soothing Music
Music is a powerful tool, especially when it comes to stimulating or soothing the mind. If you get home on Friday afternoon feeling completely overwhelmed, put on music with slow tempos and focus on matching your breathing to the beat. You can also do this before bed as a relaxation technique or when you’re stuck in traffic on your way home from school.
5. Get Creative
Even if you don’t consider yourself the “creative type,” forcing your brain to think outside of the box can help distract you from the things that are causing you stress and angst. Try learning to play the guitar, start doodles in a sketchbook, or write in a diary. See if someplace in your community offers a creative space or hosts weekly paint nights. These are all great ways to help you expand your creativity while decompressing from a stressful week.
Having a good support network at your school can also help you manage your stress in a healthy way. Learn more about student support resources at CollegeAmerica, or give us a call today at (800) 622-2894.
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