As college students we are quite familiar with the word “stress”. Every week is unique and sometimes unpredictable in the work load, but there are times we can take a breather. The best way to get through the hard times is to make the most of your down time. The few hours you have in between classes or exams can be used to help you relax and get you focused for your next task.
So what should you do with those few hours a day of “me” time? Here are some suggestions that can help you stay healthy and happy during times of stress:
- Get moving. Exercise will really help decrease your stress levels and increase your mood. This does not mean just hit the gym for hours. A 20 minute walk or playing a fun sport with friends is a great way to get outside and socialize at the same time.
- Take a nap. If you are struggling to keep alert, a 20 minute nap when needed is a good way to get yourself back in the game. An even better way to relieve stress is to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night.
- Plan it out. When you have extra time map out the rest of your week on a calendar or in your agenda book to avoid future stress. Visually seeing your due assignments and exams prepares you for the tasks ahead.
- Eat a healthy snack. A healthy snack will give you the energy you need to get through the day, unlike a snack high in fat which will slow you down and make you feel fatigued. For example, have a piece of fruit with peanut butter or a mixed nut trail mix.
So what is the key to staying stress free? Time management! Sounds simple, but it is a skill that can take some practice. So start practicing now with Wellness Education! Here’s how:
Get Happy Hour: Spring into Relaxation
When: Wednesday April 25th
Where: Sykes Ballroom A
Time: 6:30pm- 8:30pm
Come join Wellness Education for some stress relieving activities to put the bounce back in your step.
What we’re offering:
Make your own piggy bank: Come decorate your own piggy bank and learn how to effectively budget your money for the summer!
Make your own trail mix: Lots of ingredients to choose from like dark chocolate, popcorn, nuts, craisins, raisins, and pretzels.
Plant your own garden: Come learn how to start a plant in a cup so you can bring it home once its rooted and plant it in your back yard or into a large pot. We have the soil, cups, and seeds, so all you need to bring is your green thumbs!
Written by Jennifer Ryan and Kelly Zalalas