Stressed With College – Unwind With These Local Activities

College and stress, an inevitable combination. Not surprisingly, some stress may actually be good and can act as a call-to-action and help you to focus.  In fact, too much stress has been proven to contribute to headaches, fatigue, sleep problems, anxiety, restlessness and feelings of being overwhelmed. Of course, balancing your college work and personal life is vital to managing stress (plus, getting enough sleep doesn’t hurt) but here are a few more ideas that can help.

Attend a Meditation or Mindfulness Class

Center for Mindfulness. Hoagland-Pincus Building. 222 Maple Avenue, Shrewsbury, MA

The Umass Medical School has a Center for Mindfulness which includes a meditation community. Located in Shrewsbury, they offer an “open invitation” to their weekly meditation classes. The Monday evening class (7:00-8:00 p.m.)  introduces mindfulness meditation and the Wednesday morning class (7:30-8:15 a.m.) is a silent meditation session with no discussion. These meditation classes are offered at no charge, but they do accept donations to help support the program.

Catch a Yoga Session

Yoga Class

A number of studies have shown that yoga may help reduce stress and anxiety. It can also enhance your mood and overall sense of well-being. There are dozens of yoga studios located in central Mass, to help find a local class check out Google or Yelp. There is also an on going, drop-in class offered at the First Unitarian Church, Unity Hall, in Worcester MA.  It is open to all, and is supported by donations. You can find out more information here.

Get Outside

Did you know the Harvard Medical School has found that outdoor “physical activity has been shown to help people relax and cheer up.” The weather has been very mild, and spring is right around the corner, so there’s no reason not to get outside. Worcester has over 40 public parks, so you can always find someplace to sit and relax, take a walk around a pond, or even just listen to the leaves rustle. In addition, there are tons of great places to get out and take a hike.

 

References:

Mayo Clinic – Stress Symptoms

Spending time outdoors is good for you, from the Harvard Health Letter