3 De-Stressors You Must Introduce into Your Life

 

Learn how to incorporate meditation, exercise, and alone time into your college routine so you can become a less-stressed version of yourself.

by SARI KAMP    ★    APR. 03, 2017

 
 

You wake up for yet another morning class. It's 8 a.m. and you already have 10 things on your mind.

As you make your way to class, you become stressed. In addition to being a college girl, the pressure of having a social life, getting good grades, and maintaining some sense of calm seems nearly impossible.

What if there was a way to get rid of it? UGirl is here to tell you that there is. 

Meditation

 
 
 
 

You may think meditating is silly, but it actually works. Clear and calm your mind with the right meditation strategyThere are apps that can help you meditate on the go, ones that remind you to meditate everyday, and others that teach you so you can meditate on your own!

Give www.calm.com a try. Between its large selection of mediation strategies and ready-to-use nature, this site is a great way to start introducing meditation into your life.

For those who are ready to commit to a new mindful lifestyle, a great choice is the app ‘Headspace.’ It is a bit pricey at $99.95 for a yearly membership, but it is worth your buck because of the specialized options. Start with the 10-day introduction before deciding to take the 100-buck plunge.

Exercise

 
 
 
 

Everyone knows exercising is one of the easiest ways to let off steam. Exercising increases the amount of endorphins produced in the brain, which are the neurotransmitters that make you feel good, according to the Mayo Clinic. 

Incorporate exercise into your week while raising your GPA by enrolling in a PED course. Most count as a one credit course, and meet twice a week in the Women’s Building or Archbold Gymnasium on main campus. 

Not only do PED classes allow you to forget about the day-to-day stressors of college life, but also provide an easy way to meet new friends outside of your go-to friend group. Try Zumba or Bootcamp to really get your body moving!

Alone time

 
 

At times, it seems as though stress consumes us.

Yes, we self-indulge on the weekends by going out with friends and eating pizza at 3 a.m., but we tend to forget to give ourselves a break from the fast-paced social scene. We are all in need of those chill nights spent with friends in sweatpants, reading a book or Facetiming with our families. 

An easy way decrease stress is to simply take a night off. Instead of going out every night of the weekend, spend one at home. Although the FOMO may appear, the stress of romance, friends, and peer pressure will not. Instead of feeling hungover and overwhelmed the next morning, you will wake up refreshed and ready to take on the world. 

 

College may be one of the most stressful times in a girl’s life, but it will also be one of the greatest. Even if you introduce just one of these tips into your life, you will start to feel less stressed.

 
Tayler Bradford