10 5-MINUTE DE-STRESS TECHNIQUES
Feeling like you ‘can’t even’ lately? You’re not alone. As midterms come and go, finals creep steadily closer and the amount of work that needs to be done seems endless. If you catch yourself getting overwhelmed, take a 5 minute break and try out one of the following de-stress techniques.
- TAKE A HIKE – Spend a few minutes going for a walk outside. With the weather getting warmer, a nice break in the sunlight catching some rays of vitamin D will significantly cut down on your stress.
- BREATHE, 2, 3, 4 – When you start to feel like you’re going to lose it, try taking some deep breaths and releasing the air slowly. Concentrate on counting your breathing as a distraction from whatever is giving you anxiety.
- MAKE A TO-DO LIST – Sometimes just getting a list going of everything you need to get done makes the tasks seem a little bit more manageable. Make sure it’s a written list and cross off each item as they are completed.
- EAT ALL THE CHOCOLATE – Okay, not ALL the chocolate. However, it is proven that dark chocolate reduces stress and improves your mood. Keep a bar or two handy for those rough exam weeks!
- MAKE ROOM FOR TEA TIME – Like chocolate, studies have shown that green tea can also relax the mind. Drinking 5 cups a day can decrease psychological distress by up to 20 percent!
- CHEW GUM – Yet another odd trick for getting your efficiency up and stress down is to chew gum. Studies show that chewing gum can actually lower your levels of stress and anxiety.
- BRUSH…YOUR SKIN? – It sounds strange, but brushing your skin with a firm, but gentle brush is actually considered a meditative technique. It is said to reduce muscle tension, calm your mind and relieve stress.
- PET A PUPPY – Seek out the closest furry animal and (with permission) get to petting! Being around animals like dogs and cats is a mood-booster and the act of petting them can relax you as well as reduce stress.
- STRETCHHHH – A great way to release some tension is to do stretches. Take a few minutes to stretch your arm and leg muscles – you’ll be surprised how relaxed you feel!
- MASSAGES ALL AROUND – Unfortunately, most of us can’t afford professional massages in college, but a great alternative for stress relief is self-massage. Try out these techniques to resolve tension headaches, tired hands, and achy shoulders.
Are you feeling de-stressed? What other techniques do you use to relieve your anxiety? Let us know in the comments below or tweet @bncollege!