I hope you’re all doing well under the stress of finals and finishing up your last projects and presentations. We’re in the home stretch! With the weather getting colder it’s important to keep yourself from getting sick. Along with taking your daily vitamins and doing yoga (refer to previous posts), it is important to keep your stress levels down to keep you from getting sick. During the past couple of weeks, it has been hard for me to sleep because of the amount of stress I have been under and I know the majority of you are all going through the same struggle.
So here are some great tips that have helped me lower my stress levels and I hope they’ll help you as much as they helped me.
Lighting a candle can help set a relaxing mood while you finish up homework or do chores.
Replace your cup of coffee for black tea instead. Coffee has high amounts of caffeine and can make you jittery and increase your anxiety. Black tea, however, is not only healthier but contains less caffeine. Black tea gives you the energy you need to get through your day without the anxiety and jitters.
Exercising will help release endorphins, will build serotonin, will help release extra energy you have from the caffeine you drank and will help you take out your anger and stress on some weights or a treadmill. Exercising will also help you get a better night sleep.
In addition to exercising, put some drops of lavender essential oil into a handful of lotion and rub your arms, neck, chest, and temples with it to help relax your body.
I would also recommend taking melatonin. I take 5-10 milligrams depending on how stressed I am or how much caffeine I’ve had.
All of these steps together will help relieve stress and will lead to a good night sleep so that you can wake up feeling refreshed the next morning which will reduce your stress for the next day as well.
Happy studying! Let’s ace these finals!