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5 Unconventional Ways to Relieve Stress

Kalie Souknary
Web Content Contributor

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As the semester continues to settle in, you may just now be getting overwhelmed by the amount of homework and projects you’re about to face within the next few weeks. Your mind may be scattered, you may be working too many hours that fit your schedule, or you may just be unorganized and unsure of where to start. Thankfully, there are simple ways to clear your mind so that you can finally relax and face those projects you’ve been putting off.

  1. Massage your ears.
    Sounds weird, right? Well, there’s actually a theory behind this. If you massage your earlobe, it’s been said to relax you almost immediately. Gently rub your earlobe with your thumb and index fingers. This part of your ear has specific reflexes that relax parts of your body.
  2. Cry your eyes out.
    Don’t be afraid to cry. It’s perfectly normal and I feel that it’s almost necessary sometimes. If you’ve been stressed, you’ve probably been holding a lot of it in. Watch a sad movie, listen to some sad songs, and just cry. Even if you have no good reason to cry, sometimes you just need to. When you’re finished, put yourself back together and face the day.
  3. Hit the ground running.
    Literally. Just run. It’ll be like a movie where you’re trying to escape your problems. Get your adrenaline pumped up, put on some angry music, and get your body to produce those endorphins that make you happy. People underestimate the power of running, but once you experience a runners’ high, you’ll understand.
  4. Wear a rubberband around your wrist.
    Anytime you start to experience a stressed feeling, lightly snap the rubber band around your wrist and eventually you will theoretically associate the stress with a pinch and subconsciously strive to avoid the feeling. You may think that this is a way to avoid your problems and let them stack up, but this is intended for small stress such as a red light being too long, a baby crying at the store, or that annoying kid in class that never stops talking.
  5. Write an angry letter.
    With this one you’ll have to be careful to immediately rip it up and throw it away, but if you’re having a bad day, sometimes you just need someone to take it out on. Instead of hurting someone you care about, write it down. Get everything out of your system– maybe even read it out loud when you’re alone. Then throw it away.

Stress is completely normal and we all have it. It’s important to remember that we aren’t the only ones experiencing problems or a busy schedule, so we have to find ways to relieve that stress without damaging our relationships with others or even ourselves. What do you do to relieve stress?

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