Hi guys and happy Saturday! Popping in today to write a little post for you all on stress awareness and stress reduction, as April is stress awareness month! Being a full-time college student obviously has its stressful moments and late nights, and some of these I foresee in my near future as finals are coming up. But too much stress is SUCH an unhealthy thing, as well as not enough sleep! We gotta remember to prioritize our health during these busy and hectic times.
My friends at Casper believe in getting enough sleep too, in fact a full eight hours as much as they can. Casper has some pretty awesome mattresses, sheets, and pillows too- so check them out!
Anyways, they created the perfect napping guide that I wanted to share with you all.
Naps are my BFF. I try and make time for naps throughout the week, and my naps are typically 30-45 min. They help me feel refreshed and ready to take on the rest of the day (and help so I don’t fall asleep in class hehe).
So besides getting enough sleep and napping, what else do I do to reduce stress?!
“Stress is not what happens to us. It is our response to what happens. And response is something we can choose.”
Here are some of my favorite tips:
- Make a to-do list. Having a list of everything I have to do during the day helps so I don’t get overwhelmed. I typically use my notes in my phone or the reminders, and write down everything I have to do that day.
- Journal. I make time to journal for at least 10 minutes throughout the day. Checking in on how I am doing and how I am feeling is extremely beneficial for me.
- Find a place where you like to study/ get work done. For me, I love the library or coffee shops. I don’t work as well in my room. I feel far more relaxed at the library or a coffee shop and am more productive there.
- Take breaks! Make sure that you are giving yourself some study breaks. Studying for too long without any breaks will just wear you out.
- Put your phone on airplane mode/turn it off. I find that when I am stressed or have a lot to do, putting my phone away or turning it on airplane mode helps me focus so much better. That way, I am not worrying about answering peoples texts or snapchats and am not scrolling through social media.
- Take time for self-care. Watch Netflix before going to bed, listen to music, get some fresh air, do some yoga, go to the gym, color, etc. etc. Doing things that will relax you is SO important during stressful times, and making time to do these things is essential.
- Make time to see your friends. Seeing my friends when I am stressed helps me to relax, and also my friends always make me laugh so it helps to take my mind off things and loosen up. 🙂
- Don’t worry about the things coming up in the future and don’t stress about the things in the past. Staying mindful is key! Live in the moment and focus on what you have to do in the now rather than stressing about all of the upcoming things in the future and dwelling about the past.
- Get yourself a coffee or tea. For me, my daily coffees are something that I look forward to and I feel like I can tackle the day or my homework with an iced coffee by side. 🙂
- When you find yourself getting super stressed or anxious, reach out to someone! A friend, a family member… sometimes venting helps me and getting some words of encouragement reminds me that everything is going to be okay!
Now tell me:
Do you nap?
What are your favorite stress-reducing techniques?
Have a great Saturday guys! Sending you all my love,
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