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Stress Relievers

Stress Relievers

Looking for a quick way to relieve stress? There are plenty of ways! Follow our list to get started. 

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  • 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.