Cat Mattis—The month of March has sure been a tough one. With midterms week, followed by spring break right in the middle, throwing off my momentum by getting me hooked on a new Netflix show. Then, coming back to school to be thrown into a week with a test, a quiz, a five-page paper, and hosting two high school students. It took me a whole week and the weekend to recuperate and lower my stress level back down to its normal state. In lieu of that, I figured I would share my top five favorite techniques to manage stress during the school year.
- Read a book – To be honest, this may not help for everyone, but it definitely works for me. If I am feeling a little exhausted of my own life, I can read a book and pretend to be a part of it. The book I am reading right now is not necessarily a book I would want to be a part of, but it is entertaining. The book is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and it is absolutely amazing. I never want to put it down! I definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a new suspense novel to read.
- Drink a refreshing beverage – Tea is usually recommended. However, why limit it to just tea? If you’re stressed and you’re craving a milkshake, go get a milkshake! My de-stressing drink choice is usually a smoothie. Smoothies are both healthy and refreshing. It seems like a really simple option, but it helps out a lot. A good drink could give you a boost to finish the paper due tomorrow morning.
- COLORING PAGES! – Yes! You read that right. Why put an age limit on such an enjoyable activity? I learned this technique from one of the mindfulness events that my dorm had last semester. They gave me a couple of coloring sheets to take home in case of emergency. It has paid off. Sometimes it’s nice to just put on Pandora and relax with some coloring pages.
- Pamper yourself – I am not really a girly type, but over the past week I have indulged in one of my girly guilty pleasures of painting my nails. It was nice to take a break from the homework, while making myself look prettier. In case of emergency, I have a face mask packed in my shower caddie, for when I am super stressed out.
- Go on an adventure with friends – An adventure does not have to be a road trip to some exotic place or doing something dangerous/illegal. My version of an adventure could consist of aimlessly walking new places close to the school just exploring or driving to Walmart in the middle of the night and buying something random. Little silly trips like that make you forget about school for a while and focus on what is really important.