Whether you’re in middle, high school or college, you’ve most likely reached the end of your summer and are beginning to get back into the swing of classes, homework, and school in general. And for a lot of students, when school starts, so does the stress that comes along with it. While school is important, it’s equally important to keep yourself mentally healthy, so if you’re feeling school anxiety start to overwhelm you, try out some of these effective relaxation methods:
If you’re someone who has been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, you’ve most likely had people recommend meditation to you at some point or another. Whether you just brushed off the recommendation or actually gave it a try, meditation is proven to be an extremely effective way to ground yourself and relax. And the best thing is: it’s free! It’s as simple as opening YouTube, searching for meditation videos, and choosing whichever one appeals to you! There are a few different types of meditation, but one of the most helpful is Progressive Muscle Relaxation, in which you gradually tighten and relax specific muscles along to a guided meditation video. The first video you choose may not be your favorite, so browse around until you find one that works best for you!
- Take a Bath
The relaxation powers of a warm bath, candles, and a bath bomb are too often overlooked. Hot water can help to loosen tense muscles, an uncomfortable symptom that is frequently experienced in times of high stress or anxiety. Additionally, plenty of generic drug stores such as carry aromatherapy de-stressing bath oils, which are also extremely helpful in an attempt to relax.
Similarly to meditation, exercise is also often recommended to those who suffer from stress or anxiety. While you may rather gulp down a cup of coffee or binge on some junk food, exercise is truly one of the best ways to leave yourself feeling relaxed and revitalized. If you need any more motivation to do so, it’s scientifically proven that as little as ten minutes of exercise may help to increase the levels of serotonin in your brain, which will make you feel a whole lot more relaxed.
- Get Outside
It’s no secret that fresh air can often provide a fairly strong sense of relief after being stuck in a classroom all day, so why not give yourself that relief? It’s also extremely beneficial on a sunny day, as getting out and getting a little Vitamin D will also help to increase your serotonin levels, which will help to improve both your energy and your mood. Even if it’s winter, it’s still great to get outside for a bit, as a little fresh air goes a long way.
- Do Something That Makes You Laugh
According to research studies, there’s actually a scientific basis behind the saying “laughter is the best medicine”! Whether it’s listening to your friend tell you corny jokes or watching funny animal videos on YouTube, doing something that makes you laugh is one of the best ways to rid yourself of unwanted stress. Laughter not only increases the oxygen supply throughout your body, it also releases endorphins into your bloodstream, which will increase your mood almost instantly!
In summary, if you’re ever feeling a little more stressed or have more school anxiety than you think you can handle, remember that it’s always important to take time for yourself in order to relax and revitalize!
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By: Emma Kiely