Tips to Reduce Stress/Anxiety

As a result of social distancing, online classes, and nationwide panic, it is common as a college student to feel a rise in stress and anxiety.  Here are some tips so that you can finish the semester out strong.

 

BIBLE VERSES 

Here are some Bible verses to meditate upon:

  • 2 Timothy 1:7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

  •  Colossians 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

  • 1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

  • Psalm 91:9-11 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways

  • Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

 

LIMIT SOCIAL MEDIA INTAKE

Social media is prone to projecting false narratives, news, and information.  With an overload of information spreading so fast, it’s difficult to know what is accurate and what is false.  It may be best for you to take a break and refrain from adopting unnecessary stress and panic from others. Being on social media less may also help you be more productive in your classes!   

 

IN HOME EXERCISE

If you’re a gym junkie, this time may be hard for you. Don’t let the isolation stop you from working out! Exercise can improve your mental health, mood, and energy.  If you’re unsure of where to start, I highly recommend the Nike Training Club app; it’s free! You can choose your muscle group, equipment level (or no equipment), and time length.  There’s a Nike instructor that shows you how to do each workout and does it with you! There’s also audio encouragement and tips to keep you going during your workout!

 

AROMATHERAPY

This type of therapy uses natural properties to promote health and wellness. These products can be found in: candles, essential oils, diffusers, oils/creams, clay masks, and bathing salts.  Certain scents can help reduce stress/anxiety, improve mood, and relax you. 

 

LINKS TO LEARN MORE

https://blog.calm.com/take-a-deep-breath

https://nosidebar.com/limiting-social-media/

https://www.businessinsider.com/nike-training-club-how-to-use-workout-app-2018-8#youll-provide-some-more-information-as-you-set-up-a-plan-6

https://www.healthline.com/health/what-is-aromatherapy

https://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/memberarticles/scented-candles-to-reduce-anxiety