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Top 3 Stress Relievers

As the first round of exams approaches, it is normal to feel stressed and overwhelmed. Here are a few tips from Jenna Gehl Jones at the McWell Center to stay healthy— mentally and physically!

3) Say thanks

As William Arthur Ward once said, “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” By taking time to realize the good things in your life, you can easily find an internal sense of peace and renewed motivation towards the tasks ahead. A positive attitude will take you far.

2) Slow down, take a breath, pay attention

Spending time on reflection and silence seems deceivingly simple. In our busy lives, it is hard to find a quiet moment just to think through and process our days. Taking even just a minute or two or organize your thoughts and calm yourself can give you new perspective on your work and life in general.

1) Get some sleep

According to the McWell Center, “Sleep is especially important to college students, but it can sometimes be the first thing we forget about when we get busy.” Sleep is easy to sacrifice because lack of sleep does not seem to have immediate consequences. However, lack of sleep is a huge stressor as it makes it harder to focus on, remember and retain knew information. It also puts you in a bad mood. Take it from Homer when he said, “There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.”

The McWell Center at Notre Dame also has several workshops and other resources to help students destress! Check them out at http://mcwell.nd.edu/services/stress/