5 Ways to Calm Yourself Down

Have you ever felt frustrated to the point of helplessness? Yeah, me too… we are human. With being a college student comes the never-ending stress, piles of homework and deadlines, and unavoidable annoyances. College isn’t always so bad; however, when it rains, it pours. I would definitely recommend using some of the techniques I have listed below because sometimes you’ll need more than an umbrella!


1. Go on a walk.

Unless it is absolutely freezing out, put in a pair of headphones and take a walk around campus. Stroll down paths you rarely take or go down the more scenic roads. It feels tremendously refreshing to let out anger by getting involved in a peaceful, independent activity. Try not to look on your phone too much, unless you’re changing the song. Slowly but surely, your nerves should simmer down.

2. Eat some candy or ice cream, or order take-out.

Knowing you have a food delivery on its way is enough to help lighten your mood. If you don’t want to spend too much money, run to the store and grab a carton of your favorite ice cream. It doesn't hurt to indulge on your favorite food every now and then, especially if it eases your frustration.

3. Lay on your bed.

If you have enough time during the day, put aside at least half an hour to lay down on your bed and simply relax. Take deep breaths, listen to your favorite music, or watch a show that makes you forget about your daily worries. It is important to note that you might fall asleep, so if you don’t have time for a nap, keep the lights on in your room.


4. Mediate.

If you don’t already do this, learn to meditate as a way to cope with your frustration. There are many apps you can download to guide you through the process. Still, you can research on your own and decide what works best for you. Whether it be through videos online or an application on your phone, meditation brings ease and peace.

5. Make a list.

Despite the stigma around making lists, it can be extremely relaxing to create one when you feel overwhelmed with life. I would suggest listing all of the tasks you need to complete, even if they seem small, and then listing them by importance. You can even make a schedule with specific times designated to finish each item on the list. Nothing feels better than crossing off something you have accomplished!


There are endless ways to calm yourself down when feeling frustrated, and it is important to keep in mind that everyone reacts to situations differently. In the same way, figuring out what makes you feel better may not be the same as what works for your peers, but it is key to becoming an overall happier college student!


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