4 Simple Steps To De-Stress

4 Simple Steps To De-Stress

No matter what your situation, here's four simple ways to re-center yourself.

Here's the reality: life isn't always peaches and cream and school and work and relationships can sometimes make us really, really stressed out. It's not always easy to just sit down and relax when you have that constant to-do list running in your head. But, relaxing when you're really stressed is very important. Here are a few steps to get you started on that path to relaxation if you're struggling with where to begin:

1. Get Active

For years, my parents have always told me when I'm stressed to workout or go on a bike ride and breathe in some fresh air. I thought it was silly, until I put it into practice. Now I'm in college and every free chance I get, I go swimming or do some yoga or take a dance class. Working out kicks up your endorphins which are natural pain-killers, and it actually helps you sleep better! Sleeping better is a no-brainer -- it automatically relieves some of your stress. Another thing about physical activity is that it's practically mindless work -- you're only focused on your body (And if you do yoga like me, not falling over) so there's no time to worry about that to-do list lurking in the back of your head.

2. Prioritize

One of the things that causes me the most stress in life is thinking about what it is I have to get done, and how much time I have to do it. Meet with an advisor, finish a paper, make a doctors appointment, etc...These are all things on a never-ending list, along with others, that maybe you need to get done soon. Since beginning college, I've found that the most important thing to do is to prioritize. Keep a schedule or a planner, and map out everything that needs to get done right now, so that you can move on to the due-dates coming up later. Getting what absolutely needs to be done out of the way will help you relax a little more, and maybe you'll find that you do have time to go to coffee with your friends.

3. Take Some Time To Yourself

Whether you're an introvert or an extrovert, there's evidence that says hanging out for a little while by yourself can be really beneficial. Sometimes it's important to turn down the lights and take a little nap, or indulge in your favorite movie or book and sit by yourself for a while. It can be stressful to be caught up in a big group of people day after day, whether that's at work or at school, and sometimes you really need to get away from the noise. So put on some music and take some time by yourself to do something that you love.

4. Breathe, Breathe, Breathe

Last but not least, remember to take a deep breath. If it's the only thing you do, it's important. Get oxygen into your lungs and flowing through your body. It's essential to take a deep breath sometimes in order to calm down, de-stress, and re-center your mind and body. You got this!

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Poetry On Odyssey: Some Days

A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.


Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

You caught the stomach bug,

Or perhaps the flu,

Maybe you broke your collar bone

Or need a new phone

The endless list of excuses repeats through your head as you sit on the couch, wishing you were still in bed.

It takes every ounce

Every breath

Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

And into the building where you work

Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.

Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.

Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

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