Better Ways to Survive this Semester
Changing schedule, varying class times, demanding jobs, busy social lives, family responsibilities, tests and quizzes, essays, projects, workloads- most college students have it tough, and often that leaves them energy-less, stressed and sleepy. But to help you, we have gathered a few tips:
To effectively manage stress and anxiety and sleep better, one of the best tips is to learn how to
Relaxation exercises, if learned, will prevent cumulative stress, generalized anxiety, will increase energy, improve concentration, reduce some physical problems, and increase self-confidence. Here are some examples from the many relaxation exercises that exist:
- Meditation– Meditation is “mental exercise”. Various types of meditation are recognized including transcendental mediation, prayer, Zen mediation, Taoist meditation, mindfulness mediation, Buddhist, and others. But it doesn’t have to be religious. The end goal of meditation leads to a mind that is quieted and free from stress.
- Deep breathing-a deep breathing exercise allows us to take fuller, slower breaths that reflect a relaxed state. To learn how correctly breath from Health & Counseling: http://www.geneseo.edu/sites/default/files/isu/health/Just_BREATHE.pdf
- Visualization-Visualization is a way of giving our minds and bodies a “mini vacation”. It involves using imagery to fully immerse ourselves to a pleasant scene, felling its sensations.
It is highly recommended that you practice these exercises as skills, so they can be effective when you need them the most.
Meditation or some of these techniques may seem silly to some at first, but once you try it, I promise, you won’t regret it as it will really make helpful changes. You can easily find meditation videos on YouTube, or check out this link for different kinds of meditation videos.
Visit this link for more Meditation info and videos: http://unh.edu/health-services/ohep/meditation-unh
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YOGA also is a big help, the position I recommend, especially for beginners, is called the Savasana (corpse pose), the easiest and most restful of the yoga positions- for only 20 mins.each day.
For direction visit: http://www.yogajournal.com/pose/corpse-pose/
Another big tip to all college students is to get enough sleep (7-9 hours) This is a Must! In addition, it’s normal for students to have occasional difficulties falling asleep, so here are insomnia triggers to avoid:
Article from Health & Counseling: http://www.geneseo.edu/webfm_send/5596
also, yoga moves
Visit this site for full directions for yoga moves: http://www.yogajournal.com/article/health/sweet-slumber/
And lastly, the one thing I can swear on- are power naps- 20 to 30-minute naps at the same time each day can work wonders! (Napping longer can interfere with nighttime sleep.)
Sleep in bed, not in class..