• Anna Zelinski, MSU Nursing Student

Easy ways to reduce stress

As college students, life can be very stressful. Some are juggling schoolwork with a job or even a family. It is all overwhelming, and it can take a toll on a person’s mental and physical health. Finding ways to promote mental health is crucial during these times. Here are just a few ways to promote mental health by reducing stress without taking up too much time.

The first thing to be remembered, is taking time for yourself. It doesn’t have to be long, however; taking just an hour to sit and take a deep breath could change your whole day. Take this time to do something that is enjoyable. It may be challenging at first but over time, the level of stress will decrease.

Another easy way to relieve stress is aromatherapy. In the last few years, essential oils have taken off as an alternative therapy. According to Acupuncture and Aromatherapy for stress relief at work, “Lavender, for instance has long been used as a remedy for stress, anxiety, and sleeping problems.” Not only can these oils decrease stress levels in college students, but also help them sleep better as well. This type of therapy is relatively inexpensive and takes minimal effort. Even when on the go, it is easy to bring the oils along or place a drop or two on a mask to smell throughout the day, as stated by Carpenter.

Another easy and free way to reduce stress is by listening to calming music. While doing this, taking a few slow deep breaths may be beneficial as well. During this time, reflect on the day and the positive things happening in life instead of all the negative. These are all simple things that can be done at home, school, or work on a stressful day. Although a nice spa day might do the trick, it may be time consuming and more expensive.

At the end of the day, everyone needs a little bit of time for themselves to unwind, reflect, and relax. These are just a few simple ways to do just that. College can be stressful. It is important to take a step back and remember that there are good things happening. All of these remedies can work together to change a bad day into a good one.

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