25 stress busters — just in time for finals week

December 2, 2010 § Leave a comment

I know you’re feeling it. The tension of finals is in the air from students in the Smaug cramming in dinner while studying to those in the library pulling at their hair trying to figure out how they’ll get it all done! Refer to this “emergency use only” list on those days you find extra challenging or stressful. Select just one item from the list and try it. What can it hurt? Besides maybe lowering your stress levels.
student buried in books
1. Continue to remind yourself that this day will pass and tomorrow is a new day.
2. Be realistic about your expectations. Reduce your disappointment factor.
3. Appreciate yourself. Think about all the positive things you are able to accomplish each day.
4. Just smile! The simple act of smiling makes you feel better automatically.
5. Share your stressful day or event with a colleague, friend or family member.
6. Breathe to the power of 10. Take a deep breath to the count of 10.Exhale the same way. Repeat several times.
7. Find something humorous (movie, comic strip, etc.) and laugh. Laughter helps you relax physically and psychologically.
8. Treat yourself to a favorite food.
9. Find something positive in your life to totally focus on for 15 minutes.
10. Decrease stress by learning to talk to yourself in a reassuring way.
11. Sit in total silence for 10 minutes. Close your eyes and transport yourself to another environment. (beach, sailing, cruise ship, etc.)
12. Remind yourself that even when you have no control over certain situations, your attitude is always within your control. It’s our attitude that shapes our experiences.
13. See problems & stressful events as opportunities. Problem solve and grow from them.
14. Try acting or responding in a way that is the exact opposite of your usual behavior.
15. Practice “pace, not race.” Do everything (walk, talk, etc.) at a more relaxed tempo.
16. Analyze your stresses and frustrations. Know what most affects you and try to avoid them.
17. Develop a list of things that make you happy. Read it to yourself several times.
18. Don’t hold your mistakes against yourself. Focus on what you’re doing right. Start fresh and let them go.
19. Change your routine for the rest of the day or the next day.
20. Spend 15 minutes listening to classical or other soothing music.
21. Practice acceptance. Ask yourself what stresses you have the power to change. Those you cannot you must accept.
22. Spend some time with a person or people who make you feel good about yourself.
23. Be “temporarily selfish.” Reserve a little more time just for you.
24. Find a hidden treasure in your day. Search for one positive thing that you may have never noticed before.
25. Replace “I have to” statements with “I choose to” statements. It will relieve pressure and give you a whole new perspective.

Good luck on finals! And try to RELAX! You’re almost there!

— Julie McCloskey


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