With finals coming up soon, you’re probably feeling a lot of pressure. Studying all night, rushing to meet deadlines and giving presentations can make your life feel out of control. We all know that stress is bad for us, so what can you do to relieve some of it?
Get Enough Sleep
Getting plenty of sleep every night doesn’t just help you feel better – you will actually think better too! Students who don’t get enough sleep – or don’t sleep well – have more physical and psychological problems than students who get enough high quality sleep. Make sure you include sleep time in your study schedule and go to bed when it’s time.
Exercising can help your body release chemicals that make you feel good and relaxed. As a bonus, it also helps you sleep better. Dixon Recreation Center is open 6 AM to 12 midnight on weekdays. After you’ve finished working out, you can relax in the hot tub!
Just taking a few deep breaths can release some anxiety and help you get mentally prepared for the challenges of being a student. Try to empty your mind and just focus on your breath. Some breathing exercises require you to sit or lie down, but others can be done anywhere, anytime. Check this link for instructions for 3 exercises: http://cas.umkc.edu/casww/brethexr.htm
Go to the Mind Spa
At OSU, all students can use a special relaxation room called the Mind Spa – and it’s free! This room is provided by Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).
1. What is a “mind spa”?
A normal spa helps with physical relaxation, and the Mind Spa helps you relax your mind. You can reserve this room, for your private use, for up to one hour.
2. What can I do there?
The Mind Spa has CDs of relaxing music, a meditation space, a light therapy lamp, a wonderful massage chair and a computer.
You can see everything by checking out the Mind Spa Menu on their website: http://oregonstate.edu/counsel/mind-spa-menu
3. How can a computer help me relax?
The computer in the Mind Spa has several programs on it to help you learn relaxation techniques. Some of these are guided meditations; others use biofeedback (through finger sensors) to play games which help with focus and breathing.
4. I want to make an appointment!
Call CAPS at 541-737-2131 and say “I’d like to make a reservation in the Mind Spa, please.” They will help you find an available time.
Good luck in your efforts to stay relaxed and healthy during college finals week. If you have more questions or are going through a difficult time, don’t hesitate to come see me! Visit the Welcome Desk and ask for an appointment with Emily Lawton.
All images courtesy of OSU Counseling and Psychological Services (http://oregonstate.edu/counsel/features/mind-spa)