Top Tips for Students to De-Stress

Wake up, get ready, go to class, go to work, do homework, study, go to sleep - and then do it all over again! The life of a non-traditional student is hardly uneventful, and sometimes quite chaotic. Rest assured, it will be more than worth it when you earn your degree. But in the meantime, finding ways to relax and manage any stress you may have is just as important as the other things on your never ending to-do list. The following are a list of our favorite tips to quickly de-stress, re-focus, and re-energize!

1. Look Out Your Window
"We do best mentally and physically when we're connected to nature," says Peter Kahn, Professor of Psychology. Simply looking out a window - or, better yet, stepping outside for a moment - can do wonders for your stress level.

2. Give Yourself Ten Minutes
Whether you spend it scrolling through your Facebook feed, reading, or simply sitting in silence, ten minutes of “me” time each day can really make a difference. If you feel overwhelmed at the thought of squeezing ten more minutes into your busy day, try waking up ten minutes earlier in the morning. It won’t have any major impact on your sleep, but it will affect your mental status for the day.

3. Clench & Release

According to Kenneth Pelletier, Ph.D., this quick exercise will “produce a wave of relief in your upper neck and arms all the way down to your fingers.” Simply grab hold of something - like a stress ball - and clench the muscles in your fingers, arms, shoulders, and back for about 45 seconds. When your muscles begin to tremble, release.

What are your best tips for de-stressing when being a non-traditional student feels overwhelming? Tell us in the comments below.

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