Stress. That one word that plays a huge factor in lives. Right now I know every college student in the world is experiencing high levels of stress due to the fact that finals are right around the corner. We are all trying to manage how we’re going to write this last 5-page paper, take a online quiz that’s due by 6 o’clock, hit the gym, study for your last chemistry exam and then finish off your day with your favorite show on Netflix. Just writing that made my stress level rise. However, no need to panic! You may think your world is coming to an end, but I’ll assure that its not. I’m going to provide you with a few tips to reduce your stress as much as possible.
Light Yoga/ Exercise
Yoga and exercise can help bring the mind to a present moment. It also helps you to access an inner strength that allows you to face the overwhelming fears, frustrations, and challenges of everyday life. If you have never done yoga before, Misericordia has a yoga club you can join. To find out more information about the club you can find the facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Misericordiayoga
Listening to Music
Some people consider music to be an escape from their reality, and in fact music can have a link to our emotions. For example, many athletes listen to all kinds of music to get them focused and relaxed before they play in their game.
When we are stressed we are usually not in the best of mood, and this can possible cause even more stress. It is said to be to be laughter is one of the best cures for stress. Furthermore, according to the famous doctor Patch Adams, “Remember laughing? Laughter enhances the blood flow to the body’s extremities and improves cardiovascular function. Laughter releases endorphins and other natural mood elevating and pain-killing chemicals, improves the transfer of oxygen and nutrients to internal organs.
Laughter boosts the immune system and helps the body fight off disease, cancer cells as well as viral, bacterial and other infections. Being happy is the best cure of all diseases!”
Take a walk
Taking a walk is just a way to get away from what’s causing your stress. Fortunately, Mother Nature has been nice to us all week by finally giving us cool temperatures and sunshine. So if you feel like you need to change your setting, just take a walk around campus and enjoy the fresh air.