Today, I want to talk about how to reduce your stress level. If you’re anything like me, I have a tendency to try to multitask too many things all at once. So I guess I’m pretty guilty myself when I tell my students how important it is take things slow and relax. (haha) But I’m working on taking this advice for myself! You may think that your day is too jam-packed with meetings and events to find the time for relaxation. Believe it or not, you can take easy measures to reduce your stress levels that won’t even take a lot of your time. Here are five tips that can help you de-stress.

1. Sensory Break
A sensory break is going to mean different things for people. What’s a tool you can use that makes you feel better? For me, it’s using a jade roller on my face. This tool revs up circulation, de-puffs the eye area, and improves skin elasticity. And since it promotes lymphatic drainage, it’s detoxifying. My addiction really lies in just how soothing it is to place the cool stone on my face when I need to de-stress. It’s also small and lightweight so you can carry this with you on the go.

2. Aromatherapy
The benefits of aromatherapy still impresses me by the speed with which a single sniff of perfume can change my mood. I purchased an Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser with changing LED mood colors on Amazon earlier this year. After trying it out for myself for a few months, I’ve definitely converted to using this little gadget pretty much everyday. This doesn’t even have to be turned on before going to bed but even during the daytime. Just place it somewhere close to your bed or desk and it will not interfere with your sleep or distract you during the daytime in any unpleasant way; the mist of the oil diffuses slowly the next few hours in an aromatic experience and keeps you feeling in a great mood.
Suggestion: If you don’t like the idea of using a machine, an all natural essential oil jelly (similar to vaseline) will do just fine. I use this Lavender organic breathe easy rub by The Honest Co. whenever I need a quick breather under my nose. Breathe into it or rub it under your nose. I guarantee it’ll feel amazing.

3. Wave Therapy
This one is similar to an aromatherapy oil diffuser but only used at night going to bed. This little machine is an all natural sleep aid after a stressful day. It facilitates a restful night’s sleep and is also recommended for babies in the nursery. You have the option to choose between 6 soothing nature sounds: White Noise, Fan, Ocean, Rain, Stream, and Summer Night. Place it on a 15, 30, or 60 minute timer or just place it on ON all night.

4. Laugh
Laughter really is the best medicine, and if you can laugh away the stress, your outlook for the rest of the day will be a lot more easy. What I like to do is watch a quick 5-10 minute stand up comedy video on YouTube. Dave Chappelle, Aziz Ansari, Ali Wong, and Louis Ck are a few of my favorite stand up comedians. Just be careful to stick to 1 or 2 videos if you go to YouTube since it’s so easy to end up browsing a million other videos.

5. Hobby
Aside from focusing on your major or career, having a separate hobby that interests you is important. It gives you a sense of purpose and helps you to stay productive. So whether that’s blogging, taking pictures, or volunteering at an animal shelter, having something to look forward to do at least once a week helps you to take some personal time for yourself aside from just studying or working.

If you have any great de-stress ideas that works for you, write me a comment below!

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