Relaxed x Stressed creative sign with clouds as the backgroundAs young adults, stress seems to have become a part of our daily routines. With school, work, relationships, and other constant pressures on our shoulders, it only seems natural for stress to serve as a motivating factor. However, having a hectic life shouldn’t deter you from being happy and healthy. As someone who barely has time to myself on a day-to-day basis, I’ve found a few ways to reduce stress that are neither complicated nor time-consuming:

  1. 5 Minute Meditation: Do you wake up feeling overwhelmed about everything you have to do that day? If so, use the first five minutes after you wake up to sit up straight, close your eyes and take some deep breaths. You can worry about your crammed schedule later, but for now, take five minutes to forget everything and just focus on your breathing. When time is up, your mind will be clearer so you can face the day head on.
  2. Walk Anywhere You Can: This is especially helpful on your college campus! Instead of taking the bus to class or lunch, try walking. I initially started doing this whenever I had a test and now I do it every day. I find the exercise and fresh air to be invigorating and peaceful, as well as the people-watching and beautiful scenery. This is another great way to clear your mind before class and gives you a break that isn’t time-consuming.
  3. Write Out Your Day: No matter how many random things you have to do, make a checklist of all of them. This may include minor tasks such as getting ready or showering, but it helps map out your day so you can work your major To-Dos around your minor To-Dos.

    These simple steps have greatly reduced the role of stress in my life without taking any time or significant effort! Using the free-time you do have to focus on yourself will guide you to a less stressful, more fulfilling lifestyle.