6 Ways to Deal with Stress1. Exercise: Exercise is something that just about everyone can do, and it can be done for free. You don't have to be a member of a fancy gym to exercise-you can simply walk around campus or around your neighborhood for 10 or so minutes and still get benefits. Exercise can help to regulate sleep, eating, mood and stress levels-it's kind of like a "miracle drug".
2. Mindfulness: We often live our daily lives by multitasking, doing several things at once. However, we actually become LESS effective/productive when doing multiple tasks at once. The practice of mindfulness means focusing on the here-and-now. Practice just focusing on one task at a time.
3. Journal: this is another great way to manage stress that anyone can do that is virtually free. Writing down your thoughts at the end of the day can have the effect of "emptying" your brain of stressors which can help you to let go of stressors and be able to relax enough to fall asleep.
4. Gratitude: write down at least one thing each day for which you are grateful. People who wrote down three gratitudes each day for 21 days showed an increase in their happiness levels.
5. Compliment/Thanks-take the time to write one email or send one positive text message to someone.
6. Breathing: just focus on the breath. (See below for breathing tips). Breathing gets more oxygen to the brain to help you to think clearly and increases oxygen to your muscles to help you to relax. Place one hand over your chest, and the other hand you're your abdomen. A simple exercise to try anytime during the day or at night before going to bed is to do deep abdominal breathing 5 counts in, hold it, and five counts out. This is a simple way calm your body down.