9 Things To Do When You're Feeling Stressed Or Down

9 Things To Do When You're Feeling Stressed Or Down

I need to take my own advice.

Certain parts of our lives experience more stress than other parts. It's a fact of life itself, and it's pat for the course. Stress is the universal language of busy people - if you're busy, you're probably stressed. So what can someone do when they're down in the dumps from stress, anxiety, or depression? Here's a few tips from a perpetually college student.

1. Shower or take a bath.

Showers melt the stress away. You get to stand there and do nothing, with hot water relaxing your muscles and tired body. Everyone knows doing nothing is probably the best thing in the world, especially stressed out people. Stress plays a big role in how you physically feel, and a shower can probably help relieve tension you have building up. The same can be said for a bath.

2. It seems like a bad idea, but get things done.

When I have too many things to do, too many deadlines hanging over me, and I'm just too busy in general to keep up, the only way I can relieve it is by doing some of those things without procrastination. Sit down for an entire day and do as much as you can. The mental list in your head will decrease in size. You're stressed out for an entire day, but it relieves the stress for the next few days or even the rest of the week.

3. Do one of your relaxing hobbies.

Train yourself - if you get a lot done, take the incentive to set aside time for whatever hobby you want to do or have missed doing. It sets the stage for positive reinforcement, and potentially gets you dreading doing your work less. It gives you a reward and helps rid of any procrastination. Getting things done takes discipline, of course, but this will help you even while you get things done.

4. Talk it out.

Let it out. Tell a friend. Talk about how stressed you are. Bottling it will only stress you more and it may potentially lead you to saying or doing things that you might eventually regret. Being stressed can make things worse, especially if people you care about don't know you're so stressed out.

5. Go for a walk.

Get away from concrete. I know I'm at my highest level of stress when I'm surrounded by buildings and people in a city like setting. A recent study showed that people are kinder when they are surrounded by nature. I can only imagine it includes being kinder to yourself - so take advantage of it.

6. Stop everything and take a nap.

Sleep. Nothing is better than the sweet release of sleep.

7. Cuddle a pet.. or a human.

Pets are scientifically proven to lower blood pressure. Dogs and cats can be the most relaxing beings to be around. If you're dating a person, they work too.

8. Try to be positive.

Keyword is try.

9. Treat yourself.

Buy that thing you've been wanting. Take that trip you've always wanted to go on. Of course, doing it constantly will result in financial ruin, but every so often, remember you work hard. And you deserve it.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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