The end of the term is arguably the most stress-filled time of year. With that said, it’s a great time to start thinking about how you can de-stress between all the madness of exams and studying. Here’s what we recommend.
1. Go hiking.
It’s the perfect time of year to take advantage of warmer weather and green trees. Being in nature is known to be a restorative behavior whenever stress gets the best of you, but adding a physical element kicks the stress relief up a notch. Get your blood pumping by embarking on a nature hike at a nearby park or trail.
2. Start a Bullet Journal.
Not the type to write out long, winded journal entries? No worries—most of us aren’t. That’s why bullet journals have been making waves as the new way to go about this process. Basically, it’s all about rapid logging and short sentences, and these journals can be used for to-do lists, sketches, diary entries and more. Check out this guide that will help you get started.
3. Find a new book.
Reading is undoubtedly a foolproof method for de-stressing, but sometimes it’s hard getting yourself to actually sit down with a book and get started. We all know how exciting it is putting on a brand new outfit after a shopping trip, but did you ever think about how grabbing a brand new book could do the same when it comes to reading? We’ve got quite a few picks if you need help finding a good fit!
4. Hang out with animals.
The perfect way to knock out stress immediately? Cuddle with some loving, furry animals! Seriously, it’s like the stress just melts away. If you can’t spend time with your own pet, look into volunteering at a local animal shelter or pet store. They often recruit volunteers to play with and feed their cats and puppies.
5. Take a bubble bath.
Stress often causes tense muscles, which can lead to troublesome things like back pain and body aches. That’s even more stressful! Break the cycle and find time to soak in a warm bubble bath. Maybe even throw in a bath bomb!
6. Learn a new hobby.
Cooking, painting, knitting…the opportunities are endless. Try a handful of things you think you might be interested in, and then you’ll end up seeing which ones stick. At the end of the day, you’ll have a new hobby or two that will become your go-to activity for de-stressing.
7. Practice yoga.
It might sound cliché, but there’s a reason many people resort to yoga for stress relief. It really works! You don’t have to be athletic to embrace this hobby, either. Simply start out with a beginner’s class, or try looking up some easy videos you can follow along with on YouTube.
8. Go to the gym.
Many people swear by taking their stress out at the gym. It’s a great excuse to get in shape, too! This is perfect for anybody who has trouble getting into more stationary de-stress techniques, like reading or writing in a journal.
9. Embrace alone time.
Having “me” time is necessary when you’re stressed out. Try embracing this time instead of getting antsy for immediate socialization. Use this time for mindfulness, meditation, or just a quiet activity you enjoy.
What do you do to de-stress? Share your ideas in the comments below.