Finding Peace in a Sea of Stress

August 28th, 2017 at 2:00am

With summer almost coming to an end, school is right around the corner and so is your hectic schedule. Your number one priority should always be taking care of yourself. This includes being as stress-free as possible and having good mental health. I have found that I have a positive mindset when I take the time to find moments where I can spend time with myself. Especially in college, it is important to learn to take breaks from your busy schedule every so often. Below are a few suggestions of how to obtain peace in a world full of anxieties and stress.

1—Read. Reading is crucial when dealing with wellness because unlike with television, you are exercising your brain by processing words and complex plots. Even if you are not the biggest fan of reading, I beg you to head to a library or bookstore and find a book that you find interesting. I understand that trying to find a book can be difficult, but you can ask for suggestions from friends, looking through a bestseller section, or even finding book covers that stand out (yes, I just suggested judging a book by its cover). Once you pick up a good book, it will be hard to put it down. Plus, once you get wrapped up in a good plot, you forget about everything around you and can truly relax.

2—Play or listen to music. Music has incredible powers of healing; the right song can make you forget about all of your problems in no longer than 10 seconds. Whether you discover new music or listen to an old playlist, it is inevitable for a song to help distract you from the outside world. To further enjoy your music, try listening through headphones so that all external noises are tuned out.

3—Find something that puts you at ease. There are many potential activities that could fall under this category. I highly recommend trying out yoga or meditation. Finding a local class or YouTubing videos is a great way to start! However, these are not the only ways to put your mind at ease. Personally, sitting alone and watching the sunset has always been one of my favorite things to do. Turn off your phone, find a nice place to relax, and simply enjoy watching the sky as nature takes over. The positive side to this is that you will not spend money and the sun will never stop setting.

What do you do to keep a steady mind? Let me know in the comments below!