Relaxation 101

Anxiety is a very real thing and I know with Christmas break and finals fast approaching we are all getting extremely stressed out. The countless amounts of work, studying, and late night cramming can seem to overwhelm and even control us. However, I'm going to provide you with some simple ways to relax and relieve the stress. 

​​1. Journaling

Take the time to write out your thoughts. Let your ideas flow and whatever you're feeling at that exact moment, just jot them down. Having a journal can be very beneficial and don't be afraid to get personal with the details. This sounds really cliche, but being able to actually "re-live" your moments through writing is a wonderful thing. 

2. Meditate

I know, I know, when you think of meditation you're probably picturing some hippies in bell bottoms somewhere in a random forest.Thats a funny idea, but what I really mean is meditate by just closing your eyes for a second and just breathing in and out. I find that when I'm the most overwhelmed I just stop what I'm doing and start breathing slowly. The awesome thing about meditation is that you can do it absoutely anywhere you want. I would recommend the outdoors (only because you can smell the fresh air). Next time you feel stressed, take a second out of your day and stop and smell the roses. 

3. Doodling

You're never too old to doodle! Grab a sketch book (make sure it's not lined paper) and feel free to release all your energy into your masterpiece. I know I'm no artist myself, but there are even adult coloring books now (which is such a plus side)! You can actually find adult color books just about anywhere from Target, Michael's, Hobby Lobby, Walmart, or Barnes Noble! These books come in several creative designs to choose from as well. Add some crayons or color pencils and you're set!

4. Bubble Baths

Bubble baths are my absoute go-to when I'm feeling stressed. The awesome thing about them is you can also add in bath salts or bath bombs to soothe. Do you live in a dorm on campus and have no bathtub? No problem, just opt for a hot shower and add a scented body wash! You'll relieve that stress in no time!

5. Music

Music is a beautiful thing, and can speak to you on a spiritual level. I find that nature sounds and piano meledies as well as chill vibe music calms me on my lowest of days. Grab a pair of headphones or just a speaker and soak up the tunes that speak to your heart. You can never go wrong with a small jam session every now and then!

6. Gym

I know we all dread just going to the gym, but studies show that excersise can lead to a happier and healthier lifestyle! By all means you don't have to work yourself to death at the gym, but even just getting in a 30 minute jazzercise class or 45 minutes on the stairmaster can serve lots of benefits. I would recommend going to the gym at leat 2-3 times a week and don't be afraid to invite your friends to tag along!

7. Read

I understand that our lives are busy and we are constantly on the go, but finding a good book or inspirational quotes are helpful. Poetry novels are usually a really good choice as they are usually short, sweet, and to the point. Also, reading helps you develop new vocabulary as well as new insights. I always feel refreshed after a daily reading. Find a book that catches your attention and don't be afraid to get lost in the words. 

8. Sex

Sex is an excellent way to relieve stress. Yes, for some it is sacred, but for others it can be fun in a friends with benefits way. Finding someone special or just a friend to get freaky with might be a good solution to help you get some relaxation time in. Just make sure to establish your own personal bondaries first to avoid miscommunication and hurt feelings.

9. Rest

Getting some rest might sound a little self explanatory and simple, but I really mean just getting a nice rest. Take time out of your day for a 15-30 minute snooze and you'll wake up in a better and energentic mood! In addition to quick naps, try going to sleep earlier a couple nights a week and your body will thank you later.

 

Ladies, just remember that you need to listen to your body's needs and don't be afraid to take a minute to destress. Your health is always more important than any assignment, class, or test. Take each day one step at a time and just breathe. Till next time, HCXO!