Find Your Zen

4 Apr

One of the most useful things you can do for yourself in college is finding a stress relief method that works for you. Too often though, “stress relief” turns into binge watching a whole season of Friends on Netflix. While TV and movies aren’t a bad way to relieve stress, reliving Ross and Rachel’s whole relationship over the course of a weekend probably isn’t the healthiest or most effective method to deal with your stress.break.gif

So how do you find a way to relieve stress that’s effective, healthy, and also fun? Ask yourself these questions to help find that answer:

  1. When do you feel the most stressed? What situations cause you stress? If you’re stressed in large crowds, don’t use hanging out with people as your de-stressor. If you’re stressed when it’s loud, don’t go to a concert. Avoid stressful situations when you’re trying to relax.stress.gif
  2. When do you feel the most relaxed? Try to utilize those situations or mimic that type of environment to help de-stress.
  3. Are the ways that you normally try to relax healthy? If you relax by binge watching 15 episodes of your favorite show and then partying all weekend, you probably aren’t doing yourself any favors. Try some healthy alternatives for relaxation.
  4. Do you have any hobbies that can help relieve stress? Exercise, arts and crafts, baking/cooking, etc. are all great options to take your mind off of your stressors.cook.gif
  5. Not sure what helps you manage your stress? Try some things out. Go to the gym, watch a movie, take a walk, take a short nap, cook and eat a good meal. You never know what will work for you until you try.

Hopefully asking yourself these questions helps you find a way that works for you. And if you try something and don’t like it, that’s ok! You don’t have to stick with something just because it’s what works for everyone else or because it’s what you think you should do to de-stress. Try some things out and do what works for you!chill.gif

-Jess

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