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How to Stop Stress Before it Starts!

When arriving at Carrier Library between classes, there are people at every available table and desktop on the first floor, as well as many on the second or third floor. I then travel to Rose Library at night for a change of scenery to find many students hard at work, studying until closing time. It’s only the third week of classes and people are already spending the majority of their time at the library. Stress season is upon us, and the students of JMU fall ill of this dreadful sickness every semester. Here are a few ideas to help you rise above stress and stop the sickness at its source!

Decrease the Clutter: 
Your desk may consist of textbooks, notebooks, folders, supplies, and a bunch of flyers you received from Student Organization Night. Being organized and knowing where everything is can help you prevent stressful encounters like trying to find your notes while running out the door for your 8 a.m. Prepare your backpack the night before, and stow everything you won’t need for a few days. 

Do Yoga: Yoga provides a state of peace and helps you control your body and mind. UREC offers different yoga classes throughout the day, from a 7 a.m. session to an 8 p.m. session.

There is also an outdoor yoga class offered on Fridays at 3 p.m. at the new University Park! Escape from the uncompleted tasks in your planner for an hour and come back feeling refreshed and ready to work!

Write down inspiring quotes on your whiteboard or attach sticky notes to your desk. Even the little things can make your day better.

Eat Well:
While they are delicious, try to skip the late night Domino’s or Campus Cookies deliveries while studying for a test. The grease and fat can make you feel bloated and tired, which isn’t exactly the formula used for a successful study session. If you’re craving a late night snack, try pretzels or granola bars to calm your stomach.

Don’t Procrastinate:
This one is a no-brainer, but it’s easier said than done. Try to finish your assignments the day before they’re due so you are prepared early to turn them in. Obviously staying on top of your classes can keep your mind at ease. 

Good luck this semester, collegiettes!
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