1. Go Outside
Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed and I can’t handle any more stress, one of my favorite things is to go outside. You don’t have to go on a 3 hour hike, you can just go outside and breathe the fresh air for a couple minutes. It really helps me to reset, so I can finish my work without feeling so worried.
2. Take a Nap
People often associate naps with laziness, but the truth is that regular naps lead to a healthier life! People who take a short (think 15-30 minutes) nap everyday are not only more relaxed and suffer less from stress-related illnesses, but they also are shown to be more productive. While it may seem counterintuitive, naps can give you more energy and allow you to get more work done.
3. Listen to Music
Listening to music you love can make almost any task less stressful and much more enjoyable. While I know many people suggest against this, I find that listening to music while I do my homework allows me to work more efficiently and makes the task less tedious. (P.S if you really need a break, one of my absolute favorite things is to take a little drive and blast my favorite music!)
4. Read a Book/Watch Your Favorite Show
Whether you prefer books or shows, just being able to escape for a little while can be a major stress relief. I prefer to do this before I go to bed after I’ve finished everything I’m going to do for the day because it can be difficult to pull yourself out of a good book or a Netflix binge to do productive things.
If this one seems like the least fun, it might be because you’re doing it wrong. Exercise can and should be fun! The trick is to find activities you enjoy, and one way to do this is to take classes that are held at local gyms and studios. Some classes I’ve tried are Zumba, spinning, pilates, and self defense which were all really fun. I started hot yoga about a year ago, and I encourage everyone to try it at least once! Also joining a sports team is a great way to make friends and get a workout in. If you’re crunched on time though, sometimes just going for a quick run or a quick gym workout can do wonders for stress.
Even though we live in a culture that normalizes and even encourages extreme stress, it is crucial to take care of yourself in whatever way works for you in order to live a happy and healthy life.