Five Fun Ways to Destress this Semester

By Erin ODonnell

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Have you ever had a morning where everything seems to go wrong? Your car won’t start, you missed your bus and had to wait 20 minutes for the next bus making you 20 minutes late to class. No, just me? Well, maybe your morning has been better than mine, but that doesn’t mean you’re not any less stressed than me. As we are a month into the semester, here are some ways to de-stress as you work hard to achieve good grades.


Listen to Music


Hollywood Suite


Music is an excellent way to relax after a hard day. It doesn’t matter what type of music you listen to either, as long as it makes you feel good. So blast that heavy metal, alternative rock, Josh Groban, or ABBA, and just dance the stress away. Music is a great way to vent your feelings, plus a little dancing never hurts.


Take a Nice Relaxing Bath




Maybe you’re not the type of person who enjoys dancing to music and would like to reflect on your life while you destress, then taking a relaxing bath might just be the thing for you. You can even make the bath more exciting my throwing a bath bomb in the warm water and watch as it slowing changes colors. You can also set the atmosphere how you like it, by adding candles, and some spa music, as you soak your stress away.


Watch a Movie




Watching a movie is an excellent way to take about two hours just to enjoy yourself. As with music, it doesn’t matter what type of film you watch, just as long as it something that you enjoy. So pop some popcorn, start your favorite movie, and let yourself escape to your favorite world for a little while. This technique can also be done with Youtube videos if you just need a quick break from studying.  


Go to Target





If you are anything like me, and I hope you’re not, then you enjoy going to Target at least eight times a week. I do not know why, but Target just puts me in a relaxing trance. It is fun to just walk around without any type of list to restrict yourself to. Even just walking around the store is a great way to destress after a long day at school.






As the great Elle Woods once said, “Exercise gives you endorphins; endorphins make you happy, happy people just don’t shoot their husbands!” and it true. Exercise is a great way to relieve stress as the endorphins you get from working out make you happier and relaxed. Like most things on this list, it does not matter what type of exercise you get, as long as you are working out you will get some reward for your hard work. So, join that Zumba class, or maybe just aim for an hour on the treadmill, whatever way you choose to work out, own it, and you will begin to see the benefits as you can handle all the different types of stress heading your way.