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Relax Your Mind

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You go to the gym and eat healthy so you can keep your body in shape, right? Well, the same should be done for your mental health. No, brain push-ups don’t exist. I’m talking about relaxing your mind! In college we tend to get into a routine, which is great, but sometimes our brain gets overloaded and needs a break! Several reports have been done that have shown that mental health problems in college students are rising. I want to provide you with some ways to avoid being in the statistic.

1. Talk To Someone!

Whether it’s a friend, family member, or a therapist, you need to talk it out! Regardless of how we may feel, we really can’t do everything on our own. Sometimes trying to hold things in and deal with them yourself may back fire. I’ve been a frequent visitor to my therapist on campus, and there is no reason to be ashamed of that. Most schools offer free counseling to their students, so take advantage of that! You may think talking won’t do much, but believe me, once you let go of everything you’re holding onto, you’ll feel free.

Girl Talking On Phone

Photo © dennoir

2. Try Yoga!

I’m not particularly great at yoga, but once a month I go because even though I’m a beginner, it is still super relaxing! Most yoga classes are small so you don’t have to worry about a crowd of people. Also, the lights are usually dimmed, with calm music in the background, leaving nothing but relaxation as an option.

Male Doing Yoga

Photo © Nathan Tia

3. Meditation

I do yoga when I feel overwhelmed. It gives me a chance to shut out the world and it’s issues, and just let go. I cross my legs, but the key to meditation is absolute comfort, so if you’re not comfy, then change positions till you are! So, get comfy, relax the tension in your body, breathe mindfully (notice your breath,) and just let go. Make it your “me” time by adding your favorite candles and aromas to the room.

Young Blonde Meditating Outside

Photo © SpiritQuest Retreats

College is the unique time in our lives where we get to stand on our own feet and decide who we’re going to be and what we’re going to do. Sometimes that is a lot to handle, so don’t be afraid to ask for help, or just let yourself RELAX with whatever it is you enjoy to do!

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7 Secrets for Beating End-of-Semester Stress

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As a college junior, I have experienced end-of-semester stress countless times. You know the feeling: Everything piles up until there seems to be more work in the last week of school than in all the preceding weeks combined…

I used to get so overwhelmed that I would chug energy drinks all day and study all night. Come exam time? I’d be too tired to focus.

But no more. I’ve learned. And you can, too.

by alancleaver_2000

Here are seven secrets to taking on finals week and finishing the semester strong.

  1. 1. Create a to-do list. Include all of the assignments you have to complete. Write assignments down in order of their importance and due dates. Set a goal for how many assignments you want to complete each day. You’ll be surprised at how much more effectively you’re managing your time.
  2. 2. Avoid unnecessary distractions. Stay off Facebook, turn off your cell phone, and stay away from the TV. Yes, these are all ways to relax. But they’ll derail your schedule, set you back on your school work, and cause you to be more stressed in the long run, not less.
  3. 3. Stay away from energy drinks. Sure, they may give you a bit of a jolt, but in the end, you’ll crash. And then? You’ve got another stressor on your hands – fatigue.
  4. 4. Go for a run instead. Running will help get your adrenaline flowing and clear your mind , replacing anxiety and stress with a sense of calm and purpose.
  5. 5. Eat fresh, nutritious food. Have you ever tried to study while your stomach was growling? Eating well also helps give you the physical stamina and enhanced brain power you need to put in a good day’s work.
  6. 6. Get a good night’s sleep. An all-nighter here and there during finals week is not out of line. But while it may seem like a good idea at the time – a reasonable way to get in more study time or complete an extra assignment – pulling an all-nighter is actually counter-productive. Without a good night’s sleep, you’ll be too tired to perform well on your exams.
  7. 7. Breathe. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. Relax – you’re almost through. If you’ve paid attention and done well throughout the semester, then finals should be no problem for you. And remember, once all of your exams and projects are done, you’ll be free to enjoy your summer.

Kimberly

By Guest Blogger Kimberly Erskine I ROWAN UNIVERSITY:Currently her university’s Social Media Coordinator. Near-perfect GPA. Made it to Round Three of Charlie Sheen’s #TigerBloodIntern contest. This media-savvy girl – who dreams of becoming a successful writer and has just published her first major article – is seriously cool.

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