Fight Stress with Physical Activity!

April 27, 2012

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It’s the final stretch—seasonal jobs and internships are lined up, summer courses are registered for, perhaps a road trip is planned… Summer is right around the corner, and there’s just one maybe-not-so-little thing standing in your way: final papers, exams, and projects to complete. You’ve worked so hard all semester and this is it! It is apparent that everyone on campus is in the same boat, as the library is packed with so many students, it can be hard to find a seat.

This time of year, it is hard to not get caught up in the stress of it all. Between managing classes, jobs, and summer plans, it is common for students to feel overwhelmed with their growing to-do lists. However, stress can be managed, often simply with 30 to 60 minutes of daily exercise. Don’t start groaning yet. Exercise truly can be enjoyable and a great way to get rid of excess stress.

Consider different options around campus besides the Whittemore Center. College Woods provides the community acres of trails to enjoy walks or jogs. The serenity of the river, and peacefulness of the surrounding woods allows individuals to forget about stress for a moment and indulge in nature. There are many trails to explore, and a sense of adventure comes with finding your way back from each new path.

Take the time out for yourself to breathe and release stress, while you generate endorphins to rejuvenate yourself. You will be more efficient, and have a better attitude about your responsibilities. Physical activity also contributes to better sleep, another important factor to reduce stress. According to fitness.gov, exercise also increases self-esteem. Who couldn’t use a bit more of that? Exercise has many benefits, and there are plenty of opportunities around campus to stay active. Think twice before the next time you lock yourself into the library—physical activity may prove to be what your body needs to feel ready for that upcoming exam!

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