Stress Awareness Month

April 22, 2016 in College

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.

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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?!

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“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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Take breaks! Make sure that you are giving yourself some study breaks. Studying for too long without any breaks will just wear you out.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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. 🙂
  8. 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.
  9. 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. 🙂
  10. 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,

Xoxo

Lyss<3

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12 Comments

  • Reply Ellie April 23, 2016 at 1:38 am

    A couple days a week I have about an hour before I go into work that I let myself close my eyes, lay on the couch and listen to a podcast or nap. I feel more energized at work when I do that. To de-stress, I try to breathe deeply, and slow down. I get back into the moment, focus on one thing at a time and make small steps to do it. I think my favorite de-stress technique is taking time to sit and eat. I hate eating standing up or in a rush. I like a quiet place, with just me and MY FOOD! 🙂 I go to the basement at work or a café on my days off. I don’t want to be bothered. This helps me refocus and feel zen

    • Reply Alyssa April 23, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      I love listening to podcasts! Deep breathing really helps me too. And just taking time for me and myself!! Those are all great techniques to destress Ellie 🙂

  • Reply Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It April 23, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Ahhhh I love all of these Lyss 🙂 I just called my grandma yesterday to catch up and it was soooo nice. Btw I just wrote a similar post on my blog today too about staying sane during finals! Great minds think alike hehe 😉 I’m linking my readers to this post on my blog so they can read it too. You’re amazing! Have a beautiful day! <3

    • Reply Alyssa April 23, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      I LOVED your post!! Thank you so much for linking up too!! You are so amazing Marina 🙂 have a wonderful weekend love!

  • Reply Lynne April 23, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Awesome post Lyss. Really good advise ! 🙂 Happy weekend to you 🙂

    • Reply Alyssa April 23, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      Thank you so much Lynne for reading and your support!!

  • Reply Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar April 23, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Nice post! I’m a graduate student, with both my own work load and a teaching load (and a blog!) so keeping that stress at bay is super important. I know I’ve not been getting enough sleep lately because I’ve been absolutely crashing in the afternoons–I’m talking 3-hour naps. Not good.
    I really like your tip about finding a place to study. It can make a big difference just psychologically to study in a place that’s comfortable and separate from home.

    • Reply Alyssa April 23, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      Oh wow- that is a lot!! You must be super busy. Sometimes I struggle with getting enough sleep… then almost falling asleep during class haha. Something we can all work on!

  • Reply sarah April 24, 2016 at 2:23 am

    I love that quote, for me naps definitely help since I have trouble sleeping at night. Making a todo list and telling myself I don’t have to be perfect also help ease my stress.

    • Reply Alyssa April 26, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      I’m the same way about sleeping at night, and sometimes I can’t get to bed till later! Naps are a lifesaver, and so are to-do lists 🙂 Have a great day babe!

  • Reply Megan April 25, 2016 at 12:34 am

    I so needed this post. I’m feeling so overwhelmed with all the work I’ve got to get through. I think I’m gonna have to try fitting in more naps because I always feel sleepy in class!

    • Reply Alyssa April 26, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      Yes!! I def recommend trying to fit in naps, it helps me so much 🙂 Hang in there during this stressful time Megan!

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