Looking for a quick way to relieve stress? There are plenty of ways! Follow our list to get started.
Take a break and watch some cute animals live from all over the world!
- Have realistic expectations
- Recognize the problem
- Identify cloud shapes
- Schedule relaxation time
- Talk with someone you trust
- Learn different ways to say no
- Less texting and Facebook and more "in person" time
- Dance whenever you can
- Blow bubbles, play hopscotch, jump rope, color–embrace your inner child!
- Pray, meditate, or do Tai Chi Chih
- Go to the Tranquility Room in Edwards Commons.
- Cry or laugh when you feel like it
- Just sit and do nothing–it really is okay
- Study instead of procrastinate
- Participate in LEAP
- Play disc golf–even if you're really bad
- Take deep breaths several times a day
- Check out the art in Kresge Gallery
- Do something nice for someone else
- Get off campus
- Do something spontaneous
- Take a nap
- Eat one of Brenda's desserts BEFORE your meal
- Pick or buy yourself fresh flowers
- Stay in the present moment
- Let someone do YOU a favor
- Go for a walk or hike
- Hula hoop
- Go for a drive and sing out loud
- Treat yourself to an ice cream or froyo
- Work out in the gym
- Play a "real" game rather than an online game, i.e. Uno, Phase 10, Skip-Bo, Yahtzee
- Do a Paint by Numbers
- Play the guitar, drums, flute, bagpipes–whatever instrument you enjoy playing or want to enjoy playing
- Read a book for fun, not for class
- Call someone who can make you laugh
- Express yourself creatively
- Face your stress rather than avoid it
- Listen to music
- Just "be"
- Swim laps in the pool
- Work a jigsaw puzzle
- Check out a hammock from the student life office
Thanks and credit to Hampden-Sydney College of Academic Success for ideas from the brochure "101 Self-Care Tips to Reduce Stress" and from a handout entitled "43 quick stress relievers" that is from an unknown source.