When I was in high school, stress was something I was used to dealing with. Whether it was with work, school or balancing the two of them, I thought I was pretty good at handling my commitments and stress levels. Stress can be a dangerous thing for a person if they let it fester for too long and do not deal with it in the proper way. In high school, the environment is a little more structured, and you are exposed to a different environment than college. There are some temptations when you reach college that can increase your stress levels and prevent you from getting the healthy management you need. As a senior, I can say building these healthy practices early is extremely important; it will set you up for success for your entire life.
The following are some of the methods that have helped me get through the tough weeks, or when I just need to relax:
- Going on a walk
- Listening my favorite podcast
- Doing a few yoga poses
- Going to the gym
- Watching an episode of my favorite show
- Taking a few deep breaths
- Spending time with your friends
These stress reduction methods have been incredibly helpful for me while I have been going through my college journey. They are healthy habits that have helped me relax and maintain a happy and positive mental state, and I will maintain these even after I graduate.