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3 Quick Ways To Feel Less Stressed

Well Fontbonne, we are now about a month into the spring semester. Are you feeling the stress yet? Because I sure am! Assignments, readings, and projects are starting to pile up, on top of working two jobs and managing my social life (or at least pretending like I have one!)

But during these times, I remember my favorite quote, “Diamonds are made under pressure.” Who said it? Well… I don’t really know. But it is a powerful saying either way! By learning how to handle life’s stressors, we will truly be able to shine above the rest!

Here are some quick ways to help you defrazzle during a hectic week!

1. Take Deep Breaths

Next time you find yourself rushing to finish that paper, do a self-check. Are you breathing normally or taking short, sporadic breaths? I find when I am really having a stressful day, my breaths are very short and shallow. Sounds silly that we might have to remind ourselves to breathe, but by taking a few deep breaths we allow more oxygen into your body. This, in turn, slows down your heart beat and helps lower your blood pressure, helping us feel more relaxed. Simply inhale counting to 3 and then exhale counting to 3. Do this about 3 times to help you destress.

2. Laugh 

There are so many benefits to laughing, which is why I believe we should laugh every single day! One of those benefits is, in fact, that it helps us relax. Laughing helps lower the stress hormones in our bodies and helps loosen the tension in our muscles when stressed. So go search YouTube for some of those funny, cute cat videos! They always give me a good chuckle!

3. Exercise

We all know exercise is essential for overall health, but it can vastly improve your mood and stress levels as well! When you exercise, your body releases endorphins that help lift your spirits and reduce anxiety (also known as “Runner’s High.”) Even a simple 10-minute walk or a quick Sun Salutation can help reduce your stress!

What are some ways that help you relieve stress?!

Also, be sure to check out my personal blog, The Wholey Trinity, for more health and wellness tips!

-XOXO Hannah

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Well, it’s that time of year again. It’s the time of year we dread because of finals, but we also look forward to since it means winter break is coming up. Finals week and the week before finals are always stressful for college students. The pressure of doing well on finals is always a heavy burden students carry on their shoulders. I have a couple tips that might help you get through finals week a little easier.

1. Don’t forget to sleep the night before a final. I know college students feel that they need to pull an all-nighter before the day of their final so they can soak up all the possible information that might be on their final. While it sounds like a good idea, a good night’s rest is honestly more important. Sure you can stay up a little later that night and wake up a little earlier on the day of your final to do some extra studying, but there is no need to stay awake for 24 hours to study for a final. It’s all about managing your time and pacing yourself to study for finals a week or two ahead of time so you won’t have to pull an all-nighter the night before the big day.

2. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t get that perfect score on your final. It will bring your grade down, but your life isn’t going to end because of it. You will still have your friends and your parents will still love you. Once you get your grade back for your final, there is nothing left for you to do, so you just have to accept what you got and move on. Don’t let the bad grade ruin your winter break. It’s not worth it!

Maybe these tips will help you during finals week as they will help me!

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Hello Everyone,
It is around midterm time! I have taken one and have another one waiting for me this week. These major tests always result in super stress and a very forgetful mind. I think I might have lost something at least 5 times! It could be a pen, my phone, a homework assignment, car keys, anything! Whenever my mind is fragmented into a million tiny thoughts I need an outlet. My stress free, midterm free time is yoga. Yoga, if you don’t already know, is a form of exercising that focuses on stretching, breathing, and recognizing that you, as a human being, need a moment of nothing; nothing being no thoughts at all, only thinking of breathing in and out. We fill up our schedules so much with classes, work, sports, friends, homework, and barely leave time for ourselves. I find yoga extremely relaxing, but everyone has a different outlet.

What do you do? Read? Run? Sing and dance? If you don’t do anything, I IMPLORE you to try it! It doesn’t have to take a long time. Just try something to release the crazy! It will help more than you can imagine!

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As we only have about two and half weeks left of this year (can’t wait to be able to say I completed my freshman year of college!), everything is beginning to pile up. Teachers are at the point where they are realizing they don’t have as much time left to teach us everything they need/want to, so they begin to add more and more and after a while you look at your Griffin Scratch and wonder, “When am I supposed to have time to do all this, eat, sleep, and still keep up hygiene and NOT go insane?!”

Okay, so not maybe everyone’s thought process, but when you work at least four nights a week like I do, it is really overwhelming when you just think about all the work that has to be done these next few weeks.

I keep telling myself that I can do this, I can get all the work done, and I will succeed and then I can enjoy summer! I have been giving myself a few little stress breaks lately that include: Ted Drewes, a St. Louis must, trips to the batting cages to relieve stress, drawing with chalk, bike riding, and walks to Concordia’s fields. Once May 14th is over, and I have freshman year under my belt, I will be a much happier, un-stressed person! I cannot wait for next year to live in Medaille and have my own room. I feel like sophomore year will just be all around better in many ways.

I needed to write this blog because sometimes just ranting about stress makes you feel a little less stressed. I apologize to anyone who read this, but thank you for helping me :)

Happy Exams, and “may the odds be ever in your favor”! (Hunger Games quote)

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Pile Up

by Alumni Posts April 19, 2012

The end of the semester is nearing. I am pretty sure my teachers have collaborated against me. It is the end of the year crunch. Projects, tests, papers, homework! When will it end! My advice for you is that no matter how many things pile up, you still need to take time for yourself. It […]

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Destress

by Alumni Posts November 14, 2011

1. At any given point in time, most Fontbonne college students are stressed about something; it’s just part of going to school. While having stress in your life is normal and often unavoidable, being stressed is something you can control. Most importantly try not to be stressed about being stressed. Admit you are stressed, and […]

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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

by Alumni Posts November 7, 2011

The end of the semester can be very stressful. I see it all the time when we are stressed and deprived of sleep, the sassiness inside us likes to creep out into our personalities. There is one simple strategy to abide by: don’t sweat the small stuff. 1. Become a better listener. “It’s being content […]

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Learning to Dance in the Rain

by Alumni Posts March 12, 2010

Here’s a common anonymous quote that I’ve learned to live by: “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.“ I’m all about motivational quotes such as the one above. In a literal sense, I thought it to be appropriate for the current conditions, seeing as […]

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Well, here goes nothing…

by Alumni Posts March 3, 2010

Here is my first post on the Fontbonne blog! I can’t say that it’ll be entertaining, but hey, that’s life. I’m only a Freshman at Fontbonne, so I’m still getting used to this college thing. This semester started out pretty well for me. I was ready to take on the new year. Unfortunately, there are […]

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