Need to relax? Here are some tips to help you.

OK, one big holiday down, one to go. But, in between are finals, which we’ll talk more about next week, and a lot of stuff that needs to get done before the semester ends. Right?

While this can be an enjoyable time of the year, it can also be super stressful. On Monday we we suggested you learn to say “no,” which will help reduce your stress level. Today, we offer several other tips to help you further deal with stress that may be building up.

Don’t stress about being stressed
That may sound silly, but when you’re stressed, you start stressing about being stressed, and that makes you even more stressed. Yikes. So if you’re stressed out, admit it and figure out what to do to best deal with it.

Find some quiet time
Take this little test.  (No, it’s not THAT kind of test.) Do nothing for two minutes. Relax and listen to the ocean. Don’t touch your mouse or your keyboard. Just relax. Just be quiet and still. How’d that feel? If you think you’re up to a little more, try this. Two minutes listening to rippling water, or chirping birds, or rustling wind.

Feel better now? If not, there’s a little surprise at the end just for you.

Get some help
There’s nothing wrong with asking for help. You
could vent to a friend for a bit or seek help from the counseling center on your campus.

Sleep
Make sure you get enough sleep. Being sleep deprived while only make you feel more stressed. The Surviving College life
blog offers some great tips on how you can get to sleep while you’re stressed.

If you’re still having trouble relaxing, try this, 10 minutes of more relaxing sounds thanks to a calming creek.

If you have any relaxation or stress-relieving techniques please let us know so we can share them (and try them).

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