Don’t Sweat it!

by Julie Motchok on April 20, 2016

You’re almost done with the semester! However, before packing up your dorm room or walking across the graduation stage, you have to make it through dreaded finals.  Papers, projects and final exams at the end of the semester always seem to pile up so quickly.  It is important to cope with your stress in a healthy way so you can be successful. Here are some strategies people use to help them relax during stressful times:

Meditate

There are so many different ways to meditate.  The most basic way is to find a quiet space, close your eyes and focus on your breath as you ease the tension in your muscles.  Progressive relaxation is a very popular method and involves tensing your muscles for 10 seconds and releasing the tension.  Begin by tensing your forehead and move down to your jaw, shoulders and hands. Tense the muscles as tightly as you can for about 10 seconds and then release. Notice how it feels to release tension in your muscles.  Doing this for 5 minutes a day can help reduce your anxiety.

Reflexology

Reflexology is the application of appropriate pressure to specific areas on your feet, hands, or face. It is said that pressure to certain body parts can alleviate mental and physical pressure.  Check out the image below to learn how applying pressure to different areas of the face correspond to relaxing other parts of the body.face

Hot tea

Go green with a cup of green tea to relax when you’re feeling the stress of final exams starting to build.  Green tea contains theanine- an amino acid that provides a calming, destressing effect.  It also improves your ability to work productively by improving focus and attention.

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Exercise

Cardio exercises like running can increase the flow of endorphins in your brain which are natural mood boosters. Try going for a jog or walk with a friend when you begin to feel stressed.  Yoga stretches have also been proven to reduce anxiety because they relieve muscle tension.

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Do a puzzle

If you are overwhelmed with work, it is often helpful to step away from it for a few minutes and return when you have a clear mind.  Doing a crossword puzzle, jigsaw puzzle or playing Sudoku is a good way to distract your mind for a little while so you can return to work more relaxed and ultimately be more productive.

Don’t forget to stop by Outreach Education next week for Stress Free Zone! Check out the calendar below to learn more about special events going on that will help you destress.

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Balancing it Out

by Julie Motchok on April 12, 2016

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Spring time can be very busy for the typical college student. As your academic planner fills with papers and projects, your social calendar usually fills up too.  It can be hard to balance out your time and be successful in school while not missing out on fun spring events. Here are some tips to help manage your time so you can balance it out.

Tips for time management

  1. Write it down- Whether you use a planner or your phone, writing down the tasks for the day in order of importance will help you stay on track.  It will also give you a feeling of satisfaction to cross an item off your list and motivate you to keep working on the other items.
  2. Block out large chunks of time- Rather than spacing out studying for 25 minutes here and 40 minutes there, find the time in your day when you have the most time to dedicate to studying.  1.5+ hours would be ideal. This way you have the chance to accomplish more and will be able to cross tasks off of your list.

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  1. Create a productive study environment- Make sure to use a space that will not tempt you with distractions.  If being in your room makes you want to watch Netflix or take a nap, it is probably not the best place for you to get work done. Going to the library or a quiet coffee shop are usually good options!
  2. Think about your long term goals.  When you catch yourself procrastinating, remind yourself of your goals.  If you want to go to grad school or start working in your field after graduation, remind yourself of these things so you will be motivated to keep working.  Write your goals down and post them on the refrigerator door or in your planner so you see them often and don’t lose sight of the big picture.

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  1. Use your resources. If you are finding that your classes are too overwhelming, speak with your advisor about your course load and what can be done to alleviate some of your stress.  Tutoring is also available on campus through Academic Achievement.

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  1. Schedule time to relax- Allow yourself time to breathe. This way, you will avoid getting overwhelmed and will be able to look forward to a break while you are working hard.

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Stress Free Zone

April 11, 2016

Take a moment and think back to waking up early and watching cartoons, Slime Time Live, making gimp friendship bracelets, and having to walk down the street to see your friend if your friend was home instead of just texting them. Now you can relive your favorite parts of the 90’s right here in Outreach […]

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Your Skin Is In: Protect It!

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Do you find yourself hitting the snooze button on your alarm daily? Is it difficult for you to start your day without a coffee? Is the last thing you see before you shut your eyes your phone screen? If any of those apply to you, you may not be getting all of the sleep you […]

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Breaking News: You Can Survive Without Coffee!

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It’s Time to Walk it Off

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Remember that old saying, “Walk it off?” Well, now you can literally “walk it off” every Tuesday afternoon for Wellness Walks the Great Hill Trails. Meet us at the former clock tower every Tuesday at 4:30pm through October 27th (weather permitting), and you can “walk off” anything you choose! You can “walk off” high blood […]

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Tips for moving back home

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Set reasonable expectations—When moving home, you have to consider that what is acceptable at college may not be ideal for your parents’ house. There is a good chance that in college you could come and go as you please, and could have any visitor you wanted. However, your parents may not be comfortable or willing […]

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Sit Back, Relax, and Laugh

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Hey BSU Bears, congratulations on making it through another semester! Here are some funny cartoons and visuals to kick off the summer and celebrate the end of finals!

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