We have all been stressed out. We have all been there, laying in bed late at night crying, wondering if you are on the right path. You have laid there wondering how after hours of studying you still got a C on that stupid math exam. I know what the weight of the world feels like when it is sitting on your shoulders, and I know that it sucks. I also know that you are not alone.
Stress is no game. It is not fun to be stressed out. Nobody wants to sit there pulling their hair out and biting their lips while they put in endless hours of studying to not get the grades they want. Today I want to share with you how I cope when I am stressed out.
Exercise is a great way to release the built-up stress and energy you have. I like to talk 20-30 minutes to walk or run on the treadmill, do some squats, or lift some weights. It is a nice way to give my brain a break, but give my body something to focus the energy into instead of freaking out about an upcoming exam.
Meditation is a great way to clear your mind and to help you relax. I use an app to guide my meditations, but you can do it without the help of an app if you prefer. I use Headspace and Aaptiv. Headspace is all about meditation, there are plenty of free ones to get you started but they have a premium plan also. Aaptiv is a workout app with body and mind exercises. This one is not free, but you can get a free trial.
I am a huge fan of reading, so this is one of my favorite things to do when I am stressed. I like to read fiction to allow my brain to escape reality for a little while and let my brain focus on something fun.
- Talking to a friend
My boyfriend is a great listener. He also gives some pretty unbiased advice so he is my go to when I am stressed out. Find that person that you can talk to when you are feeling a little overwhelmed. Letting your feelings out can make you feel so much better.
- Listening to music
Music is another one of those fun things that can be really distracting (in a good way). I love putting on some of my favorite Spotify playlists and letting myself dace or relax to the music.
- Watch your favorite movie or show
Have an hour or so of time? Watching an episode of your favorite show or watching your favorite movie can help distract you and allow you to relax for a period of time. I am currently watch reruns of Friends and catching up on Gotham on Netflix. And have you seen Manifest? I highly recommend that one if you have Hulu.
I hope some of these helped you to release your stress or just relax for a bit before hitting the books once again. Let me know what are some of your favorite ways to relax!
Till next time!