6 Ways to De-Stress

Summer’s almost over, which means everyone is going back to their normal routines. For the first time since 2012, I won’t be packing two suitcases to return to school (in 2012 I was going for the first time if you want to be technical, but you get the gist). However, I am more than aware of how stressful it can be to get back into the swing of things. It can be intimidating even if you’ve done it before. For the record, not going back to school until January makes me a bit anxious. It’s out of my comfort zone, but it’s happening.

I wanted to take the time to share some tips for de-stressing because I figure they could benefit someone else besides myself. Let’s begin:

1. Exercise


At first thought, this seems contradictory, but trust me, exercising can be relaxing. I recommend doing a form of exercise that you enjoy because otherwise, it becomes an unappealing task. You don’t need a gym membership to do this because YouTube exists. A lot of people use that an excuse, but don’t be that person. Personally, I enjoy FitnessBlender’s YouTube channel. On their website, you can choose from over 500 work out videos. Today I did an upper body workout with kickboxing intervals (kickboxing is an excellent way to release tension). I enjoy doing workouts in the morning because it gives me time to reflect and clear my head while also challenging myself. Afterwards, I feel ready to take on the world. As said by Elle Woods:
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2. Get Organized


When you’re suddenly bombarded with several tasks, it’s stressful to just think about all you have to accomplish. One of my favorite things to do is sit down and write everything down in my planner. It helps to visualize everything I have to do. It makes it a lot less intimidating because I’m able to schedule my time with the intent of completing everything before their due dates. Make sure you give yourself enough room to reorganize if something goes awry. Not everything can be planned for.

3. Listen to Music


I love listening to fast-paced music when I’m stressed out. It makes me get up to sing and dance. When the song ends, I’m smiling all of a sudden. This tip is useful if you don’t have a lot of time to de-stress, but you still need to do something so that you don’t go crazy. Recently, I’ve been listening to a lot of throw-back Disney Channel music, like Hannah Montana and the Cheetah Girls (essential girl power tunes).
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If you’re not into the Cheetah Girls, try listening to Michael Jackson. Michael’s music always makes me smile. He’s my favorite. One of my favorite songs on the Thriller album is “Baby Be Mine.” It’s underrated and unappreciated in my opinion. Get on that.
If you’re searching for more current tunes to de-stress to, check out Justine Skye’s “Back for More” ft. Jeremih. It’s an R&B track with a little Caribbean flair. Another option is Jaden Smith’s “Watch Me.” I don’t care what anybody says, Jaden Smith’s carefree energy is contagious and refreshing.

4. Cuddle Up With a Good Book


If you’re not in the mood to dance around to music, I suggest grabbing a good book to read. Try not to reach for mysteries or suspenseful novels, they might increase anxiety (or maybe that’s just me). On the other hand, those genres might be helpful because they’ll take your mind off of whatever is stressing you out. I’m currently reading The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women by Jessica Valenti. I bought this book out of curiosity. It’s interesting, but some of the information is outdated since it was written almost ten years ago.

5. Take a Walk


This is the simplest of them all. Walking is relaxing. It can help to clear your mind and change your perspective. Nature is encouraging. When you look at how trees grow relentlessly for years upon years, despite natural disasters, it can make your problems easier to battle. If you want to amp up your relaxation, take a camera with you. If you must use your phone, put it on airplane mode or do not disturb, so you won’t be ambushed with notifications and reminders.

6. Vent


I have trouble with expressing myself to others. I’m very introverted and introspective. My thoughts can be demanding at times, causing me to get lost in myself. I don’t have a journal just because I enjoy writing, but also because I need it. I have to write my thoughts down or else whatever is bothering me will replay in my head. I’ll lose my mind if I don’t vent. If writing isn’t your forte you can always try venting to a trusted companion. In the words of Shrek, “better out than in.”

Bonus: Don’t Procrastinate

Procrastination leads to unnecessary stress. While it might be stressful to complete tasks punctually, it’s more stressful to know that you’re behind schedule. It’s much like leaving the house late and speeding to work. Sure, you might get there faster, but you raise the risk of getting into an accident. If you left earlier, you wouldn’t have to put your life (or anyone else’s) in danger.

I hope these tips were helpful. Feel free to share your tips in the comments!

Happy De-Stressing,

– Sara B.


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