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7 Effective Stress Management Techniques

It seems the older we get, the more stress that surrounds us. Remember being a kid? I didn’t have a care in the world. My parents worked to supply me with food, shelter and other essentials. Suddenly, one day I blinked, and now I am the one supplying the essentials and taking care of a family of my own.

Effective stress management techniquesAs we get older, it becomes more and more important to practice effective stress management techniques. Did you know that 75-90% of all doctor’s office visits are  for stress-related ailments and complaints? But, with all of the responsibilities of work and home life, one is bound to get stressed out. How can we deal with the stressors of daily life in a healthy, effective way?

Now as much as I like the old “Rat Pack” mentality of burying your stressors with scotch and cigarettes, that, unfortunately, isn’t the healthiest solution and only provides a temporary escape from reality. In addition to mental stress, you’ll be putting physical stress on your body. Not the best combination.

Here are 7 effective stress management techniques that work for me!

Exercise – Working out is a great stress reliever. Your mind is more focused on the next rep and less worried about your stress. Not a gym rat? No problem. Take a 2 mile walk or jog around the neighborhood. If you’re worried you’ll get caught up in conversation with a neighbor then don your Oakley’s and your ear buds. This will give them the hint that you’re focused and unable to converse.

Read – Reading can be the perfect, healthy break from reality. Whether you’re into thrillers, biographies or US Weekly, reading can help relax you and also strengthen your brain.

Take a soak – Try taking a warm bath (after the gym, of course) with some lavender bubble bath. Your muscles will thank you, and the scent of lavender will help keep you calm and relaxed.

Stay busy – I personally like to go outside and get yard work done when I’m stressed out. I get some fresh air, a nice workout and I get to enhance my curb appeal. Knocking a couple of things off the “Honey Do” list always makes me feel accomplished and less stressed.

Get some air – Go to a state park, and immerse yourself in the natural surroundings. Bring some binoculars along and bird watch. You’ll get some exercise, fresh air and relax to the soothing birth calls. Taking a step back from what is stressing me out to enjoy nature always makes me feel rejuvenated.

Visit friends – Take a road trip to see some old friends that you haven’t seen in a while. Reminiscing about the past will be a refreshing break from your daily stressors.

A round of 18 holes – Playing golf allows me to combine a few of the above healthy stress relievers together to encompass the ultimate in stress reduction. I just call a few friends and plan an outing, and we end up having a great time. Just don’t overdo it on the libations when the beverage cart rolls by.

Try implementing a few of these healthy stress reducers the next time you’re stressed out, and you’ll be feeling better in no time! What do you do when you’re stressed out? Please share with a comment below! 

Time Mastery: Time Management Techniques for the College Student 

Your college years can be some of the best years of your life. You’re building long lasting friendships with peers, getting to know who you really are and hopefully finding time to study so that you can eventually graduate and enter into the workforce.  Some students also work a part-time job while going to school full-time.  Finding the time to juggle and balance all your responsibilities can be difficult at times, but time management skills can be learned. So, if you’re worried about feeling stressed out or are already there, follow my time management techniques below for some relief.

My College Experience

I’m an early riser so I was more inclined to choose early morning college courses. Most of the time, my courses were finished by 2 pm which freed up my afternoon. I would usually go to the gym for an hour to unwind from the day’s classes. After the gym I would go to the library with the highest percentage of girls (at Rutgers that was the Mabel Smith Library on the Cook/Douglass Campus) because you need to find enough time for dating, too! There, I would study for at least 2 hours. I would review the material that I took notes on that day in class to reinforce the learning. Studying and reviewing my notes then helped me save time later when it came time to prepare for the exam.

time management techniques college

If you’re working a part-time job like many full time students are (and like I did as well), I may be able to help. I only worked two four-hour shifts and scheduled them every other day. When I was able to choose the days I worked, I always picked Tuesdays and Thursdays. I never chose to work on Monday because I wanted to ease back into the week and didn’t want to wear myself too thin too early on in the week. I would also try to pick up shifts on the weekend. Working a few extra shifts (if possible) can provide you with a little extra money so you don’t have to bug mom or dad all the time. Any free time during the day, nights or on weekends should be spent with your friends and/or significant other with the occasional study session squeezed in.

This schedule has always worked for me, but everyone is different. A great way to help you build better time management skills is to first learn what you do well and what you can do better. Taking a Time Management course is a quick, easy and effective way to learn more about your current time management skills and pick up on some new time management techniques.

More of my Time Management Techniques for Students 

Start small. Break up larger projects into smaller/more manageable projects to start chipping away at a looming deadline.

Pepper in study breaks. Every hour take a 10 minute break. Do something that doesn’t involve studying like taking a walk, listening to your new favorite song, call someone or just don your Ray-Bans and people watch on campus.

Snack healthy. Make your own trail mix of almonds, pumpkin seeds and raisins to keep your brain sharp and your stomach satiated

Start a study group. Studying in a group can be extremely helpful and from my experience can be beneficial to discuss topics with the group that may come up on the next exam. Plus you’re exposing yourself to meet new friends which may come in handy when the weekend rolls around.