The Least Stressful Class – Ever.

College classes are amazing in that you can actually get credit for taking “Stretch and Relaxation” for 50 minutes twice a week. Isn’t that a beautiful thing? Today was my first day in the PE class and I am already so glad I signed up! I am really excited to learn about stress management and relaxation techniques. Not to mention time dedicated to stretching, a task I often tell myself I am going to do and “forget”….

Being in college full-time as well as on a sports team, having a job and balancing a social life was one of the most stressful things I have ever done. This semester I quit my job (as a Supplemental Instructor, or teacher’s assistant) and am involuntarily on a break from cross country, so I do have a lot more time to dedicate to studying and having fun (like keeping up this blog!) But in my crazy-busy schedule last semester,  I did learn that in order to keep my hair from falling out, I’d have to make an effort to reduce my stress. Some things that help:

1. Switch to decaf after around 4pm to make sure I’d be able to fall asleep easily

2. Get away from the computer/TV at least half an hour before going to bed (I like to give myself a good facial during this time!)

3. Pack your lunch/pick out your outfit the night before to give yourself more time when getting ready

4. Get outside and enjoy fresh air (I multi-tasked and got in a leisure evening walk while calling my parents just to talk a few times a week)

Honestly, how could I stay inside when I live in a place like this?!

 

5. Keep an organizer to write down your schedule. My planner was my life-line last semester, color-coded and completely full of all the information I knew I couldn’t possibly remember

6. On a particularly stressful week of school, my mom sent me a special care-package….not the chocolate chip cookies and homemade fudge kind. The healthy, relaxing, spa treatment kind:

Can’t wait to share what else I learn from this class through out the semester : ) In other news, I hear my little polar bear is keeping my bed warm while I’m away. If pet’s were allowed in dorms, Missy, I would keep you with me!

Puppy kisses make stress disappear too! ;)

Less Stress, More Fun.  Share your de-stress tips!

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About Stronglikemycoffee

College student-athlete committed to living healthy and happy. I want to share my recipes, fitness tips and silly stories with YOU! There's nothing like crushing goals and becoming stronger than you ever knew you could be.

Posted on August 28, 2012, in College, Healthy Habits, Real Life Stuff and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Meditation! When I’m super stressed, I take a 10-minute break, turn the lights off and sit on my floor with my eyes closed, focusing on my breathing. It helps!

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