Maybe it’s just the end of the semester. Maybe it’s the extra hours I’m getting at work. Maybe it’s that suddenly every relative of mine has been reminded of my presence and feels entitled to my personal space and a certain amount of my time.
Probably a combination thereof.
But the clock’s ticking for a lot of different deadlines and the stress I’ve been dealing with hasn’t even began to fade. (Granted, skipping the Tuesday before Thanksgiving might have been a bad idea. No matter how crummy the weather was.) So I find myself looking for more and more ways to let the pressure off, while still keeping up. Hoarding de-stressing methods for next semester like a little stressed out dragon.
So, in an effort to not miss another assignment, I’ve decided to list as many as I could here. Maybe I can reference back to these for later.
De-stressing, the broke working college kid way:
- Yell in the car. Don’t hold your thoughts in when people drive too slow or cut you off.
- Sing in the car. With all the commuting I do, my voice has definitely grown stronger and belting out with no one to judge you feels great.
- Fidget. Some people actually refer to this as ‘stimming’ (stimulating your brain) and it’s highly effective for some when there’s too much or too little going on.
- Invest in a White Noise app. I recommend Brainwave Studio Free. Customizable and great for other situations, like focusing for tests or trying to fall asleep.
- Puzzle apps. Nothing too complicated. Things that either only take up five minutes of your time before running out of lives or give you a boost in confidence when you gain another level. Candy Crush and it’s clones are rather effective.
- Read short stories. Something that will take you away from whatever is currently stressing you for about ten minutes. I’ve found that self indulgent fan works are effective for me, but you might have to look elsewhere.
That’s all I have for now, but I did find an Huffingtonpost article that has more if you’d like to give it a read.