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Feeling stressed? It’s not just you. People across U.S. are wrestling with college decisions, attending courses, or preparing for entrance exams , all amid the fear of an epidemic. We’re here. This week, you can try one of these 7 easy ways to reduce stress that college kids face.

1. Practice Mindfulness

It’s about living in the present. When you regularly practice this form of meditation, it could provide mental health advantages: “It can reduce your anxiety, feelings of hopelessness and stresses that come from constantly contemplating the future or worrying about the past” describes the CNN article. Today, you can take a break for 10 mindful minutes:

  • Consider an app like Headspace which provides discounts to students attending college to get a better understanding of the method.
  • Try this simple meditation practice it can help you recover at the end a long day or even manage test-taking anxiety.

2. Exercise

It’s not easy to find time to exercise in the midst of cramming for exams. Exercise isn’t just vital to improve the mood of your students, but it can improve brain function.Read here trans4mind At our site Three easy ways to weave exercises into your schedule:

  • Learn how to practice yoga at home with these tutorial videos.
  • Try this six-minute full-body workout.
  • Enjoy a stroll in a park , or walk around the neighborhood. (Just keep in mind to wear a mask in an area with a lot of people, and to keep at a minimum of six feet from people.)

3. Get a Spa treatment at home

Bring the spa to your home by engaging in these activities that relax you:

  • Apply calming essential oils to your wrist.
  • Create your own soothing facial masque by mixing 2 tablespoons raw sugar and just one teaspoon coconut oil. Let it sit on your face for five minutes. Then clean your skin for 30 seconds, then rinse off.
  • Make a relaxing, lavender-scented bath bomb with this guide to bathing essential oils.
  • Change your room into an relaxation zone by listening to peaceful music, dimming the harsh overhead lightsand hugging flickering lights or candles.

4. Get Creative

Engaging in your creative side can be an excellent way get rid of stress. Here are some suggestions to help you get started:

  • Read a poem. (We’ve been enjoying “Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver.)
  • Color one of these free Crayola templates.
  • Create that dream project you’ve had your eye on for a long time. Rememberthat creativity isn’t all about getting it right: It’s about creating something that speaks to your inner self. Let yourself experiment using new types of art either through painting or writing lyrics.

5. Unplug

Between FaceTiming friends with FaceTime as well as online classes reading through Twitter the internet is more challenging than ever to turn off the internet. But limiting screen time can help reduce anxiety.

  • Utilize an app such as Apple’s Screen Time or Google’s Digital Wellbeing to see the amount of time you’re spending on your smartphone.
  • Try to limit yourself to no more than 30-60 minutes per day on social media in a day.
  • Do your best to engage by engaging in activities that do not require screens like playing with your dog or reading books.

6. Engage in Self-Compassion

Whatever you’re facing today (worry about the future; anxiety over the scores you’ve received from your recent tests; confusion over college decisions) Make sure you practice self-compassion.

  • You have the right to voice your emotions: “I’m really stressed right at the moment.”
  • Imagine what you’d suggest to your best friend should they find themselves in the same situation. What kind of comfort could you provide? You can turn around and give the kind words to yourself.
  • Offer yourself a hug. Say to yourself “Stress is a normal part of life. It’s not a lonely thing.”

7. Find Support

In these times of stress our lives, we can all benefit from the support of friends family members, professionals:

  • Discuss with a friend about what you’re going through.
  • Contact an online psychotherapist.
  • Find out what services for therapy are offered by your school at the moment, if you’re studying at the college.

The world may feel scary right now, but USF is available to assist you. Contact the Office of Admissions online to find out how we might assist you in achieving your goals.