Welcome back for week two of Spring II term! We’re gearing up for another rapid-fire round of learning, improvement and challenges. It seemed like Spring I just ended two weeks ago, doesn’t it?
Oh wait, it did.
When I was in college, my favorite part of the quarter was when it was over. After 10 weeks of hard work and mental anguish, I could take a week off, kick back and sleep . Finally.
Unlike traditional colleges, however, Chancellor University students face a back-to-back eight week schedule that allows them to finish their degrees in an accelerated amount of time. And while the fast pace of the Chancellor programs is convenient, it can sometimes challenge students with its lack of downtime between terms.
Fortunately, there are a lot of great ways to channel that stress, alleviate it and even turn it into a powerful way to push forward with your education and long-term goals.
Over the years I’m sure we have all found numerous ways to help us deal with stress. Some of them are more healthy than others.
Below are some of the top ways that students, professors and employees at Chancellor University handle their stress.
1. Exercise – Physical activity is one of the quickest ways to allow your body to reset and process stress in a healthy manner. Exercise increases endorphins, which are neurotransmitters in the brain that cause pleasure and enjoyment – AKA an instant stress reliever.
Most of us with busy schedules, however, find ourselves saying silly things like “I don’t have time,” or “I am too out of shape to start.” The good news is, yes you do have time and no, it’s never too late to start. In my own personal experience, I’ve found that scheduling a time of day and sticking to it (like it’s a class, a doctor’s appointment or a job interview) will keep you from coming up with reasons not to follow through. Making a commitment to that time of day – even calling it “me time” – will end up helping you de-stress, improve health, sleep better and think more clearly.
2. Personal Pampering – A massage, facial or stint in the sauna is relaxing. Studies have even shown that a good massage can help reduce anxiety, headaches, soft tissue strains and even digestive disorders. But not everyone can afford the spa treatment on a regular basis. What is affordable and proven to relax is a hot shower, a few candles and some much-needed time to regroup. Everyone showers, so make yours just a little more enjoyable – take a few extra minutes to marinate in the warm water & relax your muscles. Try a bubble bath. Give yourself a foot massage. Test out an aromatherapy candle. Even if it’s temporary, it can’t hurt and you will feel better.
3. Things You Love – When you’re working a full-time job, studying and balancing other obligations, sometimes it’s really easy to forget about the rest of the things you love to do. Next time you’re feeling like the world is about to cave in and all of your obligations are looming over your head, stop for five minutes, put on some music and dance, knit a scarf, watch football, meditate, play with your dog, sing a song. Whatever it is that you love to do, do it. You’ll feel refreshed and ready to tackle the next big item on your ever growing To-Do List.
These are just a few of the many suggestions you will find out there and the three things that Chancellor faculty and staff mentioned most when asked “What do you do to relax?”
We hope you find this list helpful as you work through some of the tough courses here at Chancellor this session. Be sure to check back on the blog as we progress to learn more about how you can make the most of your CU experience!