As a psychology major, I had to memorize a lot of terms and understand a ton of experiments. Therefore, studying was pretty hard… and UCSB professors are tough! I am fortunate enough to have discovered early on what works for me so I could remain as stress-free as possible during the school year. I believe the smaller actions were the one that kept me in good spirits. These are the 5 habits I stuck to through college, and even turn to today:
Make a Cup of Tea
A cup of Numi Organic White Rose tea was my go-to during winter exams. I would always make one during study breaks and would not continue studying until my mug was empty. Often times I would read or put on my favorite face mask while I sipped, but sometimes it felt best to just sit on the couch and savor it. Whatever I did, it was always the perfect pick-me-up!
Get a Breath of Air
Whenever I’m stressed out, even just a few minutes outside can change my mood completely. Going out and enjoying the beautiful scenery in Santa Barbara was something I tried to do as often as I could — daily if possible. If I was having a hard week or if I felt overwhelmed, I would make a point of running errands or simply walking down State Street to get the peace I needed. It always helped to stop by Trader Joe’s and pick up a beautiful bouquet of flowers on the way home!
Sweat it Out
I’m not huge on working out, but I would look forward to hitting the gym when my brain felt heavy from overuse (if you’re in college, you know what I’m talking about). The science behind our work outs is legitimate — the release of endorphins when you exercise boosts your mood and your energy, and I can definitely attest to that. And I absolutely recommend trying this tip if you haven’t before because it’s a great habit to get into.
Have a Laugh
If you know me personally, you know that I always vote comedy on a movie night. The reason is because I love to laugh! Watching something funny would lift my mood when I got an unfavorable grade, or if I felt like I was taking on too much at my job. Even having it on in the background while I scrambled to get ready for class or work would have a positive effect on my mood. Whether you’re having a good day or bad, I think it’s important to laugh daily!
I am so lucky to have the family and friends that I do in my life. I wouldn’t hesitate to send a quick text to a loved one when I was feeling stressed or upset over school or work, and even a quick 5-minute conversation with my roommate would help me feel way better. Reaching out whenever I could, even on the good days, would cheer me up and remind me of what’s most important in life.
Whatever it may be… you’ve got this!