You have probably heard this one before, maybe even tried it… meditation. It may seem cliché, as everyone brings it up the second they hear someone say “anxious.” It’s true though: meditation is scientifically proven to relax the mind and enhance your ability to redirect unwanted thoughts. Meditation can be a difficult exercise at first and you may feel like it isn’t doing anything for you, but if you keep an open mind and try it for a whole week, you will soon notice subtle changes.
2. Put your phone away and read a new book.
When you find yourself anxious and unable to calm your mind, do yourself a favor and put your phone down. Although it’s hard to admit, our minds are constantly stimulated by the things we see and read on social media. Find a new book that you are excited about! I have found that it always helps to find a book that relates to what I’m going through or one with a motivational meaning behind it. Books like these can help calm you and find that excitement for life you may have lost due to anxiety and stress of finals week.
3. Take a yoga class.
The stress of finals week can really put a strain on your body. I could go on and on about the benefits yoga has for our body and our minds. Not only does it increase flexibility and promote better posture, it keeps our cortisol levels at bay by relieving tension throughout the mind and body.
4. Cut the caffeine.
Every college student hates to hear this (and my friends probably think I’m annoying for it) but seriously, while coffee may keep you awake, high doses of caffeine can be a stimulant to stress and anxiety. Small amounts and knowing what you need to function at your best is key.
5. Vitamin B12.
A lot of women naturally suffer from B12 deficiencies because a lot of us are not including enough of it in our diet. The vitamin supports nerve cell function and is needed for red blood cell formation. Not to mention, this vitamin works to synthesize and metabolize serotonin which most of us know as the chemical that makes us happy. Whether you’re having trouble keeping your mind at ease or feeling a bit depressed, if you try incorporating a B12 supplement into your diet, you may notice a change.
6. Keep a gratitude journal.
Your days may seem too busy to pause to do anything else before hitting the sheets, especially during this week. Give yourself five minutes at the end of the day to write down just a few things you’re grateful for. Training your mind to remember all the good things is so important and can help you stay present in the midst of your chaotic days.
7. Create a morning routine that works.
Recent studies have shown that what you do with the first eight minutes of your day determines your entire perception of how our next 24 hours will go; so choose wisely. Whether it’s meditation or a song that set you up for success, a good morning will set the tone for the rest of the day.
Kaylee Utterback is a junior at Ohio State majoring in strategic
communications. She is an account associate for the
PRactice, a member of PRSSA, and a writer for HerCampus. Kaylee hopes to work in a fashion or sports corporation. She enjoys shopping, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.