Written by Debra Eddy. Media by Kelsey Neier.
The ideas present in this article can be applied to the next semester or, if you are graduating, can be used as a stress reliever for everyday pressures. You can tweak these ideas anyway you like to suit whatever is going on in your life. School and life are full of stress and pressure, but in order to keep sane, we have to find ways to release the stress and pressure that comes with school, family, friends, and jobs. The following are some suggestions to keep your sanity during the semester and in life.
1. Go for a walk
Even though the weather is turning cold, go for a walk and clear your head. Just be sure to bundle up and keep warm. Nothing is worse than Jack Frost nipping at your nose.
Exercise is both beneficial to the mind and body. Exercise causes the release of endorphins in the body which make you happy. Exercising is a great way to relive stress as you lift and hit heavy objects to get your frustrations out. You don’t have to go to the gym to get a good workout in. You can workout at home (pushups, situps, etc.) if you are just not in the mood to deal with people.
3. Movie or TV time with yourself or your friends
Sometimes you just feel like vegging out in front of the TV and letting other people’s problems take your mind off of your own problems. Movies and TV are a good way of escaping from the hardships in our lives. Yes, movies and television are a passive entertainment, but sometimes that is what you need to ease the burdens that life throws at you. What is great about movies is that you can invite friends over and they can bring snacks or pizza. Nothing is better than sitting down with a big giant greasy pizza and watching a movie like Die Hard or the Fast and the Furious franchise with your friends. Another plus, you don’t have to write a critique or a research paper after you get done with this.
Like the movies, reading is a way of escaping from the hardships that life throws at us. When reading, the reader takes a journey to another world. In this alternate world, in our mind’s eye we see how people react to certain situations. We can either agree or disagree with what they do and say. Reading is both a freeing and learning experience. The reader learns new vocabulary in the process of enjoying a good story. Also with reading comes the enjoyment of potentially joining or starting a book club. These book clubs can meet once a month or once a week. Often, book clubs are made up of friends who bring food and other things that will lighten a mood. Whether you are reading by yourself or in a book club, reading can be pure enjoyment rather than homework for a class.
5. Board games
Yes, board games can be a bit dorky at times but they can also be very fun and stress reliving. Who hasn’t got into a fight over a game of Monopoly? Once you start to play Monopoly, you go back and play it time and time again. Board games can be a stress reliever. In fact, you can yell at your opposing team mates in all good fun, and get out that stress that is eating you inside out. There are the no brainer games, like Apples to Apples, which are both fun and educational.
What is not on this list but is just as vital and good for you? Is it a time of prayer and contemplation? You can pray at church, home, or anywhere you feel comfortable. These stress relieving options are here to give you some ideas on how to relieve some pressure. Good luck with finals week and remember these suggestions can carry on through the school years and through your life.