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5 Tips On How To Deal With Stress At The End Of The Semester

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College is one of the most stressful times in someone's life. With countless projects, arduous exams, long texts to read, and not enough time to do it all, how could someone not be stressed? 

According to researchers from the American College Health Association (ACHA), 44.9% of college students deal with “more than average” stress daily. Consequently, the impact on young adults' health can be disastrous, including things such as hypertension, chronic headaches, and lack of concentration. 

It’s important to keep in mind that the college experience should be about discovering yourself and learning new things and not determined by a gray cloud of stress and worry.  We have gathered some tips and recommendations on how to deal with this difficult period and enjoy it more.

1. Try a physical activity

It is common knowledge that athletics can improve your physical health, however, many researchers show that physical activities can help mental health and even improve school performance. Even more, exercise controls the emotional and physical feelings of stress, it can ward off the ill effects of chronic stress and reverse them. Various sports, dance or even just going on a walk, everything is valid as long as you move. 

2. Practice Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR)

If you are constantly stressed you may have noticed that your muscles are always tense, causing an unpleasant feeling. Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) is an anxiety and stress reduction technique that aims to relax your muscles and improve your breathing.

The steps are easy and once learned they can be done anywhere. You can learn more about it here

3. Make a playlist 

If you are a music lover like me, this will probably be your favorite tip. Music is one of the most powerful resources invented by human beings. It can influence mood, induce behavior, or even help in stress management. According to current findings at Stanford University, music around 60 beats per minute can cause the brain to synchronize with the beat causing alpha brainwaves, which are present when we are relaxed and conscious. 

Make a playlist with all your favorite songs and artists, whatever makes you feel more relaxed and happy. Listen to it before an important test, after delivering a task, or simply when feeling overwhelmed by life. An extra tip is to make a collaborative playlist with all your friends, then you can all add new songs and listen together. 

4. Try healthy snacks

Whenever we are feeling strained we tend to let it go with food, looking for pastry or over-processed food. However, a balanced diet can support the extra energy needed to cope with stressful events, for example, late-night studies. A good start is to switch chocolate and puffed snacks for fruits or homemade snacks, like overnight oats. 

5. Law of Attraction

If you are a social media user, you have probably heard about the law of attraction, a philosophy based on the belief that thoughts are a form of energy, suggesting that positive thoughts bring positive results into a person's life. 

The National Center for Biotechnology Information research on self-affirmation concludes that “this work suggests that if self-affirmation can reduce stress, it may also promote problem-solving performance under high-stress conditions.”  

The philosophy can be practiced by visualizing or writing your goals, positive affirmations, or by reframing negative events more positively. Therefore, when you feel overwhelmed by school work or feel like you can't do it all, take a minute to breathe in and try to see a more positive outcome. 

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The article above was written by Maria Eduarda Ticianeli and edited by Carolina Azevedo. Like this type of content? Check out Her Campus Casper Libero for more!

My name is Maria Eduarda Ticianeli, I'm 17 years old,and I live in Boa Vista,Roraima. Since a young age I have been an extroverted and curious girl,who could never stay quiet about something I'm passionate about. Writing have become an outlet for me to express all of this energy and enthusiasm. Besides, by words I can use my creativity and improve my mind. Therefore, I'm very anxious to contribute to Her Campus and hopefully find new friends.
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