10 Ways to Relieve First Semester Stress
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

10 Ways To Relax At The Beginning Of The Semester

School is hard but that doesn't mean that you need to stress.

4
10 Ways To Relax At The Beginning Of The Semester
Pexels

The beginning of a new semester can be really difficult, especially if it is your first semester away at college. Check out these ideas to help you try and relax a bit. School is hard enough and stressing about it doesn't help the situation, so grab some coffee and a face mask and start relaxing.

Paint Your Nails

Make them whatever color and spend time focusing on the paint job. Focusing might help you forget about the stress of the new year. Add a holographic topcoat or glitter for a little extra something, you won't regret it.

Make Some Art

Paint a picture, get a coloring book, doodle, whatever.

Making some art can help lower your stress by focusing on something different and making you think in a different way. Bob Ross episodes on Netflix are always a winner.

Grab Some Coffee With a Friend

Nothing is more soothing than a coffee shop with a good atmosphere and some good friends. Grab a cup of tea or coffee or even a smoothie and just breathe in the soothing atmosphere.

Have A Spa Night

As cliche as it is, pampering yourself is a great stress reliever. Throw on a face mask, take a long shower and just relax with some soothing music or a movie. Even ask your roommates to join in and you can make a whole night of it!

Pet Some Animals

Go volunteer at an animal shelter (for an added good feeling) or just pop in and pet them.

The animals will love to be out and about and you'll get the benefits of their love. Or you could find some animals on campus and ask their owners if you could pet them.

Go to the Gym

It may be a drag to go there but exercise is proven to be a stress reliever... just do it!

Watch An Old Favorite Show

Friends, The Office, B99, Gilmore Girls. Old shows are the best and are a good way to zone out for a bit and just live in the moment.

Read a Book

Whether it is an oldie or a new book you've been dying to read, it can help calm you down by focusing on the story and characters.

Clean Your Room

This may be the last thing that you want to do but a messy room may be causing you more stress than it needs to.

Take a day or even a few hours and do that laundry you've been meaning to do, fold it ASAP, and organize your desk. It will make your life feel that much better when it's over.

Take a Walk

Throw in some earbuds and just walk around campus (preferably when classes are over). It will be a good way to get accustomed to your new school, and it is a familiar place with a good view.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Dear College Students, Are You Undecided?
https://pixabay.com/photos/college-students-diploma-graduate-3990783/

Up until last week, I always had a major. I was an international business major, finance major, psych major on the pre-medicine track… and now (finally) I am exactly where I should have been when I started college: undecided. I think there is too much pressure as a high school student to have a designated path about what you want to study, be when you 'grow up' and essentially spend the rest of your life doing. As an 18-year-old, I really feel like I tried to pin myself down to a major so that I had a set path to follow and something to look towards. This is probably very conventional and I know tons of people at school who have their minds made up about what they want to study.

Keep Reading... Show less
Adulting

Life Is Messy

Finding who you are in your 20s

1741
Life Is Messy
https://www.pexels.com/photo/shallow-focus-photography-of-yellow-sunflower-field-under-sunny-sky-1169084/

I am 25 years old and just now learning who I am. When I separated from my husband I was terrified of what would follow. I did not know who I was outside of a relationship, nor did I know how to be on my own. It was scary, and I was so lost. I spent months discovering who I was, and what I wanted to be. I am still searching as I believe we never truly know who we are even when we "grow up". I came to the realization that I had been hiding a part of myself for my entire life. Coming out was not easy, growing up in the church made it scary, and hard. I was told growing up that being anything but straight was such a sin, and that i would spent my life in hell because of it. I came out to my parents when I was 25 years old. I picked up the phone and called my mom, and uttered the words "I'm queer" through tears. I knew my parents would be supportive, but that didn't make it any easier for me to vulnerable and raw. Since then, I have slowly started being more authentic in who I am, and not hide parts of me just because of people's shitty opinions.

Keep Reading... Show less
Adulting

Ask Your BFF These 20 Questions To See If They Know You As Well As You THINK That They Do

Ask your best friend these basic questions to see just how well they know you.

40634
Ask Your BFF These 20 Questions To See If They Know You As Well As You THINK That They Do

My best friend has been in my life since we were 3 years old, now that we are adults now, I'd like to ask her these questions to see how well she knows me.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Alone At The Met

I survive a day alone in NYC.

10610
Wikimedia Commons

It was six in the evening. I was sitting in the courtyard of a Renaissance-era Italian villa, glancing around at the statues, most notably one of a boy removing a thorn from his foot. Despite the supposedly relaxing setting, I was incredibly anxious. My phone was at less than 5 percent battery, and once it died I would be completely disconnected from my family and peers, alone in one of the largest art museums in the country.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

College 101: How To Ease The Back To School Blues

Getting back into the school groove when you just can't seem to let go of summer.

11622
Beyond The States

With fall classes just beginning, many of us find ourselves struck with summer withdrawals. Especially for those who refrained from taking courses over the summer, it can be quite difficult to get back in the swing of things. Fortunately, there are various ways to help make the transition back to college as smooth as possible.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments