Whether it’s exams, papers or even just figuring out how to pay for it. College is definitely one of those places where stress can grow and personify into that little annoying cousin that you just can’t get rid of. Here are some tips to help you deal with stress whether you are a part of the Mason Nation or not:
- Physical Exercise: I hate working out more than anyone but getting up and moving around is a great way to release some of the stress in your life. After a 30 minute walk you feel more refreshed and energized plus you feel better about yourself.
- Relaxation: Build time in your day for you. This sounds corny but me time is always needed. Even it’s just 10 minutes of lying in bed and staring at the ceiling. Building time in your day for you helps ease your overall stress.
- Take care of yourself: Eating right and getting enough sleep gives you the fuel you need for the day. If you take care of yourself, your body will be happier than if you slept two hours a night and ate junk all day.
- Breath: Crazy right? Breathing exercises can help slow your heart rate and ease anxiety. It’s easy and it helps. For example, try breathing in for a count of 4 then exhaling on a count of four.
- Talk to someone: Human Contact is always good. Isolating yourself can cause you to over think. If you talk to a friend or even a professional it helps you escape your mind a little.
These are just a few of the techniques that you can try to de-stress your life. If you come to Mason we have plenty of resources to help you deal with stress. Counseling and Psychological Services, CAPS, is an office here at Mason that helps students with stress, depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. You can make an appointment or just walk in. They have workshops and meetings of all kinds for you to attend. The best part is it’s free for Mason Students. Mason cares about your well-being and even if you don’t become a patriot know that your well-being should be number one on your list.
With Patriot Pride,
Ayleah, Class of 2019