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From new schedules to new academic resolutions, with the new school year comes many changes and adjustments. I don’t know about you, but even as a returning student setting up my dorm came with an unanticipated level of stress this time around. I’m sure we’re all excited to be back on campus and away from our mundane summers. However, we all know how easy it is to get overwhelmed and wrapped up in the stresses of college.
We may not have time in between classes for full on yoga sessions or self-help books. But that doesn’t mean we can’t find little ways to de-stress in times of need. Whether you’re on your way to class or sitting in a dining hall, here are a few small, discrete ways to reduce your stress so you can slay this school year.
Aromatherapy effectively reduces stress and increases relaxation and focus. Keep a little bottle of lavender, sage, or other calming oil in your backpack. Whenever you need a minute to decompress, pull out your bottle and start sniffing. You may look like a crazy person, but at least you’ll be the chillest crazy person in the room.
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I received healing crystals as a gift from my high school guidance counselor my senior year of high school, and I’ve kept them on my desk to create a positive atmosphere ever since. Full disclosure, these crystals haven’t been scientifically proven to cure anything, but there’s nothing wrong with a little placebo. Whether you use them as decor in your dorm or keep them in your pocket to rub on for good luck, having a bit of juju to keep you calm may not be a bad idea.
You’ll always have your pressure points with you, so why not utilize them in times of distress? The best part about this de-stressing maneuver is its inconspicuousness. No one will think anything of you tapping your bicep as you walk down Commonwealth Avenue, even though you’re in the process of maintaining your sanity!
Staying organized is a totally underrated way of staying sane. A cluttered space makes for a cluttered mind, which makes for a cluttered life! Simple habits like putting your books away after you use them to keep your desk clear and keeping everything in a designated spot will reduce the chances of accumulating a mess and increase the chances of keeping a clear head.
The best cure to any ailment? Laughter. Find yourself some cute animal memes (or some BU memes) to make you smile and release some endorphins. When the going gets tough, just laugh a little.
Some of these suggestions may seem a little nutty, but what have you got to lose by giving them a shot? A little bit of daily stress-relief may be all you need to have the best year ever.
My name is Ina and I'm an avid lover of fashion, food, friends, dance, music, and herb puns. I want to be as cool as Millie Bobby Brown when I grow up. Boston University Class of 2020.