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11 Easy Ways To Reduce Stress

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Old Westbury chapter.

Keeping calm in life can be a struggle, especially when school starts to kick off. Coping with stress from exams, papers, work, and deadlines is always hard, but learning small, easy techniques to handling even the worse situations can make anyone’s life easier. 

  1. Breathe: We all have busy day to day schedules running back and forth between work, school, errands etc. that we forget to just stop and breathe.

  2. Meditate: Close your eyes and just picture your happy place. Imagine texture, smell and anything else that will help you slow down and close off the world for a few minutes.

  3. Exercise: I know the process isn’t fun, many people just don’t like exercising, but a good work out can really help (especially if you want to meditate after).

  4. Read a book: Escaping reality can really take things off your mind.

  5. Listen to music: There’s no better feeling than singing and dancing like there is no one around.

  6. Work on organizing: Sometimes lack of organization can be the main source of stress.

  7. Talk to a friend: Keeping things in can really put a toll on you, so open up a little bit.

  8. Take a day off: Make one day a “Me” day. Do all your favorite things that make you happy.

  9. Laugh: Watch stand-up comedy, watch a funny movie, or even listen to a podcast on your phone.

  10. Sleep: I don’t mean sleep all day. If you know you have to wake up early go to bed early. Have time between meetings or class? Take a quick nap. Sleep is essential.

  11. And if needed Seek Professional Help: Don’t be ashamed if you need to talk to a professional about your stress levels. Often times schools, jobs, and the internet all have resources to help with stress.

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Jessinta Smith

Old Westbury

Jessinta is a Media and Communications major at SUNY Old Westbury, and has written for varying outlets including Out.com and StudyBreaks. She edits, writes, and is CC for HCOW, and discusses everything from mental health to politics. To see more of her work or get in contact with her, visit jessintawrites.wordpress.com.