Be Happy, Feel Beautiful
College can be the best four years of your life, but it sure can be stressful! Class, endless papers, friends/boyfriend drama; to say the least, college is nerve-wracking. However, there are many ways you can help lessen your stress level and help you enjoy your college years to the fullest!
Working out is a great way to reduce your stress level and burn calories! Nothing feels better than running full-speed to get your anger out. Studies have shown that exercise can help beat fatigue. Exercising releases endorphins, which are hormones that make you feel at your best! Even a quick jog or bike ride can help your brain fill up with mood-boosting chemicals!
Music can definitely bring a crummy mood up (hence, music therapy). Music is known to help relieve stress and put you in a better mood. Blast some of your favorite happy tunes to pump you up and get your mind off of an issue. When you feel calmer and happier, return to the issues you have at hand.
Tired of your Blackberry being attached to your hip? Turn it off! You also don’t need to watch the fifth re-run of Jersey Shore or check your Facebook six times a day to see what your friends are doing. Although technology is great, it is a huge distraction, and believe me, your work will not be accomplished if you sit solitary at your computer. Going technology-free can help lead to a more productive and happy you! Studies show that when you think you’re relaxed watching TV or surfing the web, your body is really actually being under-stimulated while your brain is being over-stimulated. Unwind, relax, and read a book outside instead of constantly checking your e-mail.
Meditating is a great way to unwind and alleviate stress. Deep breathing exercises are wonderful for relaxing and clearing your mind. Visualize yourself in a happy place that you enjoy, such as the beach. If thoughts enter your head, release them and let your mind wander to your happy place. Don’t make a to-do list in your head while meditating; just relax and exhale all of that negative energy stored up in your body.
Writing out your negative feelings is a great way to relieve stress. Writing is a great way to put all your thoughts onto paper and help you feel better about a situation. Journals and diaries are wonderful to keep around. Writing is like opening up to someone and can release tension in your mind and can let you heal emotionally.
Remember, don’t overeat or load up on caffeinated beverages when stressed out. Although you may think drinking four cups of coffee will help you ace an exam, it’ll actually negatively affect your mood and get you jittery. Eat well, exercise, and take some time to yourself to be on your a-game year-round!