10 Great Stress Reducers You Can Do at Your Desk

Updated: Jun 30, 2020

By the time you get to college, you already know how harmful stress can be for both your emotional and physical wellbeing. Unfortunately, college life, with all its pressures and schedules and parties, can be a source of great stress and anxiety. You have the power to fight it ... even during finals week.

If you are sitting at your desk studying, and you feel those all too familiar sensations of increased stress, a racing heartbeat, sweating, headache, feeling overwhelmed, loss of focus, etc., before you throw in the towel and move to your bed, give these a try.

  1. Close your computer and look up and around for 60 seconds.

  2. Breathe deeply and intentionally for 10 long inhales and exhales.

  3. Stretch. Wiggle your toes, extend your legs, roll your neck and raise your arms overhead.

  4. Recall something that made you laugh out loud during the previous week and allow yourself at least a smile.

  5. Write down five things you are grateful for.

  6. Drink a tall glass of water. Hydration helps!

  7. Close your eyes and listen to your favorite song.

  8. Call your mom or a good friend. Hearing the voice of someone who loves you will release "happy" neurotransmitters.

  9. Google cute baby animals.

  10. Spend 5 minutes on a mediation app.

When all else fails, take a break, take a walk, find someone to talk with or exercise. Stress can spiral. Sometimes feeling better is as easy as acknowledging what you are feeling and breaking the cycle.

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