1. Make a list
Writing down a to-do list (with little boxes to check off, duh) always makes me feel a little better. Even if it is super long, having everything I need to do in front of me helps me feel more in control. Make sure to include a few really easy items that you can for sure mark off to boost your morale a bit! Oh, and having cute sticky notes makes it so much better. (Target Dollar Spot gets me every time with the notepads/sticky notes…)
2. Make your bed
This one is simple, but doing a little tidying up when you’re feeling stressed can make you feel a bit better. When I know in the back of my mind that I have a messy room to come back to after a long day at school, I feel a little more stressed.
3. Watch an episode of a feel-good show
I’m a firm believer in the power of a good tv-show to boost your mood and reduce your stress. You might not have a lot of time, but even a 30 minute episode of your favorite show can help you relax and take your mind off of your mile-long to-do list. Some of my fave feel-good-takes-minimal-thought shows are Gilmore Girls, New Girl, The Middle (Sue Heck is my spirit animal), and anything on HGTV or TLC. Another thing I do sometimes is put on some mindless TV while I’m doing school work to make it feel like I’m having fun while doing homework. Multi-tasking at its finest!
4. Listen to a podcast
I have a few favorite podcasts that I like to pop on from time to time to just listen to and think about something non-school related for a while. A few of my faves include Straight up with Stassi and Balanced Bites. I think with podcasts it’s important to find a voice you like (as in you like their humor and the way to talk about stuff) and a topic you’re interested in! Jake also likes listening to podcasts a lot, so it’s not just a girl thing! I also love going on walks/jogs and listening to podcasts while doing that! Which leads to my last tip…
My final tip for you when you are feeling stressed is pretty cliche, but getting out and doing something active can definitely help lower your stress levels! I think it’s just the fact that you are getting out of your house and taking your mind off of your work. (And the endorphins, obvs.) In case you’re interested in how exercise helps lower stress (AKA the science stuff), I found this interesting article: http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/exercising-to-relax
I thought this would be a helpful post to write for you guys that are in the back-to-school swing of things and the work is piling up. These are simple things that I think everyone can apply pretty easily! If you have any tips for battling stress, I’d love to hear them! I have to work on these things myself during this transition stage in my life.
I also just wanted to say that having a positive attitude goes a long way! I notice a huge change in my happiness and stress level when I think positively.
Have a great night!