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3 Ways to Destress During Class

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Wake Forest chapter.



“Counterproductive” you might say. Actually, no; studies have shown that doodling actually helps individuals retain information because it is a method in which your brain is using to help you think. Don’t believe me? Check out this cool TED talk by Sunni Brown!

If you need a little inspiration check this out.

I did this with my organic chemistry notes and it was a game changer.


Take a minute for mindfulness

I know you may be in the middle of class, but take a minuet to excuse yourself from the room and close your eyes. Slowly breathe in for 4-8 counts, then release for 4-8 counts. Let whatever thoughts come to mind flow continuously, if during this time you remember a test you have yet to study for, don’t stop and panic, just let the thought go by. You’ll remember to study for it later when you aren’t so stressed. Whatever you do within this minute, do not stop to dwell on whatever pops into your mind. After a minute, open your eyes and look around you. You will feel lighter and much more relaxed, relaxed enough to return to the rest of your lecture. This short breathing exercise is worth it every time.

When you’re in your room you can meditate to this link or your favorite relaxing sounds for even longer than a minute.


Be present and take your mind away from the clock

As annoying as a class can be, or as frustrating a professor is, be present and avoid looking at the clock because you staring at it won’t make the time pass faster. When you detach yourself from a situation, time slows down since you are letting negative energy consume you. Sit up tall in your seat, plant your feet on the ground, and give your full attention to whoever is talking. Before you know it, the professor will be bidding you farewell. Do yourself a favor: a be present. Don’t let the stress consume you because it does no good for your wellbeing.

Take care of yourselves, and do what you need to do for you. Your health and mental being always comes before anything else. Treat yourself like a queen.


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Makenna Dixon-Essien is your average Bay Area native who embraces her inner Martha Stewart, loves animals more than life, and lives in the clouds. She aspires to be the next Jane Goodall or George Schaller because who wouldn't. In her free time. . . just kidding she's pre-vet and has no free time. However, she enjoys spending the majority of her day socailizing, listening to music, and reading. She loves all things oragnic and wastes her summer Saturday's at the farmers market. You will always catch this girl laughing life away, especially when she has good company or a pup to play with. Fell free to leave comments and ask her questions, she is extremely friendly. :)  Follow her on twitter @makennade_ WFU '20 
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