By JT Hood, EAW Student Digital Reporter
Stress is a huge part of everyday life but doesn’t need to be! While stress can be healthy in small amounts, if you can’t balance it with life it becomes a hindrance rather than a motivator. So I’m here to try to help and share some ways that I like to balance stress while working and taking classes:
Meditation is an extremely useful tool in a college students’ stress relief arsenal. Meditation is scientifically proven to lower stress levels. There isn’t a wrong way to meditate, you can listen to a guided meditation in the park or chant a mantra at home on the floor. You can take five or twenty minutes to mediate, whatever time allows. Mediation can even help by making you more mindful in all aspects of your life.
Co-operative board games
Try playing a co-operative game rather than a competitive one. While putting a hotel on Park Place can be fun, maybe try to escape a flooding island like in the co-op game the Forbidden Island. There are countless board games out there that allow you to play with your friends rather than playing against the game. While this co-operative activity helps lower your stress, it also helps lower your friends stress and hopefully improves your relationships! Being able to play games with friends rather than against them and having a shared experience together really helps you relax after a long day at work!
While this category seems broad, it should be! Everyone is different and what you like to create is different from others. For me, I find woodworking to be a relaxing. There is just something about having a vision in your head and turning it into a real life object that you can hold. Sometimes creating things can be a good way to make friends! Go find groups and clubs that relate to your interest. Grow, learn and make friends at the same time.
Exercise is one of the best ways to relieve stress! You can work out alone but having a workout buddy can make exercising fun. Find exercise that you like and you’ll do it more often. Run, lift or just go out and play sports with your friends. Personally, I recommend going outside to exercise so you can enjoy the weather at the same time.