College is known for being the best four years of your life. The place where you will meet your lifelong friends, possibly even your spouse, and where you will truly become your pure self. What isn’t talked about nearly as often is the abundance amount of pressure and stress that comes along with attending a university. Almost any student at the prestigious Pennsylvania State University can vouch that it is not all fun and games. Those 3 a.m. cram sessions in the library, nearly overdosing on caffeine and 5 hour energies, and having so much work you don’t even know where to begin are constant themes throughout the four years spent at college.
I decided to look into easy and efficient ways to reduce the amount of stress that a typical student encounters. I was able to find 23 scientifically-backed ways to reduce stress right now.. A constant method of relaxation had to do with relaxing the mind and body. This varies from progressive relaxation, which targets all the muscles throughout your body, to deep breathing, which helps the brain by increasing the oxygen flow throughout your body as well as distracting your mind long enough to decrease your stress level. There are also specific scents that have been proven to lower anxiety altitudes. Lavender is the most common scent associated with aromatherapy that is proven to relieve stress. Another excellent and well known way to reduce stress is to exercise. Working out releases endorphins and endorphins are a superb way to diminish stress.
An interesting technique that definitely is not talked about much is kissing and/or having sex. When someone is stressed their blood pressure tends to rise, however it has been shown that sex can lower one’s blood pressure resulting in a decrease of stress levels. Cortisol comes into play once again because while kissing, the brain discharges numerous chemicals including cortisol. Another method that I found surprising was that being religious can help aid you in decreasing your stress levels. In a study it was shown that people who practice their religion more intensely were less stressed as opposed to those who didn’t. Personally I think this is the case because people who are more religious have more faith in god and fate and believe that everything will work out the way it is supposed to. In other words, there is no need to stress and worry about the potential outcome of a situation because the result is out of our hands. Lastly, one of the easiest methods to implement would definitely be to just go out for a walk. This relates back to the exercise theory, but once again physical activity releases endorphins which can reduce stress. Also, going for a walk outside exposes you to a different environment which allows you to clear your mind and breath in fresh air which can reduce stress levels. Through this research I have found multiple techniques that will help me reduce my stress levels, and I encourage you all to do the same.