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De-stress for midterms

Courtney lauver, Contributing Writer

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     With midterms coming up, everything is thrown at you all at once and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. During this time, it’s important to remember to take care of yourself. It’s okay to take a break and step away from the stress to relax your mind. In fact, taking a break can help benefit your work by allowing you to step away and look at it with a refreshed mind. Here are some ways to de-stress:

1.Move around!

     Get up and go for a walk or hit the gym. Don’t have time to go anywhere? Jump up and do some jumping jacks at your desk if you’re at home, or just go outside for a breath of fresh air if you’re in public.

2.Drink something hot!
 
     Even just holding a mug of hot tea or coffee can be comforting and help you relax during midterms. Brewing tea, like chamomile, can help soothe a chaotic mind and help you unwind when you feel like you’re drowning in work.

3.Stop everything you’re doing!

     Sometimes you have to stop and catch your breath and that’s completely okay. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing for a while. Close your laptop or walk away from your desk and lie down for a few minutes with your eyes closed and just focus on regulating your breathing. You can go on YouTube for guided breathing exercises if you want even more relaxation and comfort.

4.Take a night off!

     You don’t have to spend every spare minute of your life doing homework or studying. One night won’t make or break you, but it will improve your mental health. Go ahead and go out with your friends or binge watch that show on Hulu that you’ve been dying to see. You deserve it.

5.Go listen to something!
 
     Go listen to your favorite Spotify playlist and dance to your favorite songs for an instant mood boost. Spotify also has playlists for mood, so if you’re looking for something calming, happy or inspiring, Spotify probably has a playlist for it! If you, like myself, like to listen to calming sounds to get out of your head sometimes, you can go to sites like rainymood.com to have a thunderstorm gently playing in the background.

6.Pet a dog! Or a cat! Pet an animal!
 
     Animals are such a good way to de-stress and campus offers therapy dogs sporadically throughout the school year. Students can stop in and spend time with them during the overwhelming periods of midterms and finals. If you don’t want to go on campus and don’t have a pet of your own, go visit that friend you never hang out with who has the cute Pitbull puppy. Or, if you’re allergic to animals, Walmart has a great selection of fuzzy pillows and if you squint hard enough, they look like cats.

7.Mindlessly play on your phone!

      Go download Minecraft or Battle Royale and get lost in the games for a while to lower your stress levels. Take a different approach and browse social media. Flip through various apps like Reddit, Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat to get your mind off of your assignments for a few hours.

     Don’t forget to take care of yourself in the midst of assignments and stress! Taking time off won’t make or break you, and you’ll feel so much better.
 

 

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