The holidays are in full swing, and as another semester draws to a close the stress only continues to mount. Between final exams and the added stress of organizing family meals and outings we can transform into bundles of nerves and negative energy: winter holidays are among the leading causes of stress.
Once you make it to January and prepare to take on a new year, a new quarter, or a new challenge, course correct and reduce the amount of stress in your life by taking the time out of your busy schedule to relax. Here are some of the most reliable relaxation techniques and methods of crushing stress in your daily life:
Many of our students are also juggling full-time jobs and responsibilities at home along with their course load. Between assignments, deadlines, test dates, and finals, there are many tasks to complete and dates to remember.
Utilizing a planner and a calendar app will help you organize your hectic day into manageable chunks. Keep track of all you need to do to eliminate the stress of forgetting crucial assignments and completing projects at the last minute. Download any of the top time management apps and purchase a planner to alleviate the stress of being unorganized.
One of the most effective methods of recharging is not draining yourself in the first place. As a student you may be tempted to say “yes” to every responsibility, social outing, or extracurricular project in order to try new things or build your resume.
Avoid spreading yourself too thin, if you’re not passionate about something, don’t do it. Provide yourself padding in your calendar for free time, especially during the beginning of a semester, so you can take breaks, meditate, exercise, read, and participate in leisure activities you love.
Remove the stress after a long day so you can sleep soundly and awake more energized. Try these steps before you go to bed for deep, relaxing sleep:
- Invest in a heat wrap and warm your neck and shoulders for ten minutes
- Afterwards, take 5 minutes to close your eyes and slowly massage your neck, upper chest, and face (especially your jaw) to release tension
- Finally, use a foam roller to target pressure points like your upper or lower back. The key is to keep the pressure gentle at first and ease into the stretch – don’t damage your muscles by using the foam roller aggressively.
Exercise for 30 minutes a day to keep your body tension-free. Doing yoga, swimming, or even walking up a few flights of steps will help combat stress and can help alleviate depression and anxiety.
Tackle the new semester with confidence and clarity by taking steps to reduce unnecessary stress in your life. At Kendall College we work closely with each student to help you achieve your goals and complete your degree. Consult your academic advisor today if you need help with time management or juggling responsibilities – they’re dedicated to helping each student succeed.