Five Ways To De-Stress
Alex Nukpi, Staff Writer
2020 has all of us struggling with pent up anxiety and constant worrying. Stress is something that is very common nowadays but also incredibly harmful for a person, which is why it is important to have a set routine in place to manage it. A routine can be anything from taking a minute to meditate to compose oneself to having a dedicated area of comfort. Here are five routines I recommend using to de-stress:
Take a 10 minute walk or run
One of the best ways to feel better is a jog because it not only releases a surge of endorphins, which clear your head, but it is also a very healthy habit to get into. A brisk walk is an easy alternative that also causes the brain to release the same hormone, albeit in lesser quantities.
According to WebMD, breathing exercises can help you calm down because they trick your brain into thinking it is relaxed. Deep breathing gives your body more oxygen, which speeds up its descent away from the panicked state it was in.
One of the most obvious ways to deal with stress is to stop obsessing over whatever is causing it. While avoiding your problems is generally a bad idea and can lead to procrastination, what we worry about tends to be outside our control, ie. an exam that we have already submitted, family issues, or a global pandemic, etc. Sometimes all we can do is call a friend or watch our favorite show for comfort. If whatever distraction you choose makes you laugh, even better, because laughter has been found to lower levels of stress hormones!
Pet an Animal
Who wouldn’t want to pet a cute ball of fluff? Animals, especially dogs, have been used as service animals for a long time because of both their intelligence and their ability to inspire cheer and take your mind off of stress. If you have a pet, take a couple minutes (or hours) out of your day to spend with them. Your serotonin will appreciate it, and they will too!
Drink a Warm Beverage
For a lot of us, some type of warm drink has become a comfort food, which is always a great thing to fall back on. Take a 5 minute break in your day to vibe with some tea, before continuing to do whatever you needed to. And if you would like the company, Oglethorpe students recently established a Tea Club!
Life in 2020 continues to be very hectic. The year exemplifies the feeling of being thrown down a never-ending abyss, where one thing after another keeps piling upon us. This means that now more than ever it is of the utmost importance that you find your own ways of dealing with negative emotions that are catered to you. I would like to leave you with a saying from my country: “Remember that your mess ups aren’t special, and there are plenty of others, who have done worse.”