Midterms Stressing You Out?

  • Posted on: 5 October 2011
  • By: jhughe59

It's that time again for Fall Semester Midterms. If assignments from your instructors seem to be piling up and you could use a little relaxation, try one or two of these tips:

Try a 1 Minute Acupressure Massage

  • How to do it: Spend a moment massaging the soft, fleshy web of skin between your thumb and forefinger with the fingers and thumb of your other hand. Then switch hands. As you apply gentle pressure, you might feel a little tenderness or a slight ache.
  • Why try it?: Acupressure is an ancient Chinese healing art that is thought to reduce fatigue, improve mood, and relieve pain. Regular acupressure can boost your immune system, give you more energy, and relax your mind and body.

Spend 10 minutes being creative: write, take photos, or think of a way to reinvent a favorite activity!

  • How to do it: While you may not be the next American Idol or Ansel Adams, you can express yourself and manage stress with a few moments of creativity. Spend 10 minutes pursuing something creative today, and don't worry about the results. Just concentrate on the experience.
  • Why try it?: Having a creative outlet isn't only fun and relaxing, it can keep you healthy. Expressing our creativity can help reduce stress and improve our overall sense of well-being. That has a positive effect on the immune system and can give you a fresh perspective on something else - like a midterm paper you are writing.

Practice a Full-Body Stretch

  • How to do it: Sit up straight in your chair with your torso resting against the back of the chair. Take a deep breath and gently point your toes. Slowly exhale and stretch your arms up over your head. Hold the stretch for 10 seconds.
  • Why try it?: The benefits of stretching are numerous! It improves circulation and flexibility. It also helps manage stress and reduce muscle tension, making it a great way to clear your mind and relax your body.

Do a 5 Minute Mini-Meditation

  • How to do it: Find a quiet place with as few distractions as possible, such as a quiet room at home or at work, or an outdoor spot that is serene. Close your eyes, relax, and breathe in and out slowly. Focus on the sensation and the sound of your breathing for five minutes. If you find your mind wandering, consciously bring it back to your breathing.
  • Why try it?: Meditation can give you a sense of calm when you're feeling overwhelmed by demands at school or work, dealing with stressful situations, or juggling a long to-do list. Just taking a few moments to yourself and focusing on something as simple as your breathing can put you in a more relaxed frame of mind.

For other ideas on how to chill out and survive midterms - check out these resources at SLCC: meditation, relaxationstress relief, and yoga.

- by Jrosie



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