Eyelids become heavy, brains full to the limit, beds remain made from the day before and midterms are well underway.
Students test many different break options with the hope that one of them will prove helpful in reducing the levels of stress they feel.
Sophomore Christian studies and psychology double major Brittany Beltran does different things to escape from the pressure. For her, stress relief includes exercising both the body and the mind.
She takes to bike riding and painting when the work load becomes overwhelming.
Beltran said of the diversions, “I like them because they consume all my
attention and are a good distraction.”
Whenever she needs to take some time to forget her many responsibilities, Beltran enjoys a ride on her bike or paints whatever comes to mind in her apartment.
For others, exercise is the only thing needed for a brief breath between study sessions. Running or any other form of exercise clears the head, stimulates the brain and creates a new ability to focus on the next task.
Freshman education major Brittney King goes for a run whenever she is desperate for a moment to refresh her mind.
Commenting on the joys of running, King said, “It makes me feel a sort of accomplishment.”
A sense of achievement can be much needed when one is drowning in pages of notes and information to memorize. For King and Beltran, this sense of success comes in the form of physical exercise and activity.
Others don’t find the sense of accomplishment from running, but look to other forms of less rigorous activities.
Students like freshman nursing major Corbin Winkle enjoy a pleasurable read to lessen their hectic schedules.
Winkle said, “I love to lose myself in a sci-fi book.”
Reading for pleasure provides him time to rest from hours of studying academic books and allows for creative imagination instead of tedious memorizing.
Still others find themselves in a state of peace when they listen to their favorite tunes.
Sophomore education major Shaina Ryan thinks one of the best ways to create a temporary atmosphere of relaxation is to put on a favorite album. The music provides a low pressure time to regroup and focus on top priorities.
Thinking about music, Ryan said, “if it’s familiar it reminds me of times I was relaxing …. It kind of takes me away.”
With many finals demanding late nights and extreme focus, finding a stress reliever is indispensable. From physical fitness to creative art, fiction books to familiar melodies, students seem to have found their niche in their own perfect form of stress relief.
Winkle expressed the ultimate goal of a successful stress reliever for students; it provides a place where students can, “live for a while instead.”