Durham is alive again with the buzz of returning students! Campus is back in full swing with classes starting and friends reuniting. With so many changes happening, it can be hard to keep your head on straight and manage your stress. Maybe you’re an incoming freshman and are having a hard time adjusting to dorm life or making new friends. Maybe that first day of that Biochemistry class made it seem like it will be way over your head. Maybe you’re not comfortable in your dorm yet and don’t feel at home. It can be difficult dealing with the stress that comes along with the new school year but there are some easy activities you can incorporate into your life to help ease your mind.
The Huffington Post has a great article posted which explains the link between exercise and mental health. It states that working out regularly has been shown to boost your endorphin levels, which can improve your mood and fight depression. Studies also show that exercise reduces physical and mental stress, making it easier for you to manage stressful situations. It can also boost your energy levels, which can inspire you to get your homework done or clean your apartment. If you’re interested, click here to read more information on the link between exercise and mental health
Exercising doesn’t mean that you have to spend an hour on the elliptical staring at a TV screen. There are a lot of different activities you can do that will get you outside or allow you to socialize with friends. The group classes at the Campus Rec are a great way to get some physical activity into your schedule. Bringing some of your friends along makes the class fun and being in a group setting will encourage you to finish the whole workout. You don’t have to trek all the way to the Whitt to get some exercise though. Instead of taking the bus to class, leave a little earlier and take your bike. If you curl up and watch Netflix all day take a 30 break and go on a walk in college woods. Yoga classes are a great way to help you focus on the task at hand and get those buzzing thoughts out of your mind all while you are getting a great workout and improving flexibility. Whatever it is you enjoy doing for exercise, it’s important that you keep up with it so you can reap the benefits that come along with it.
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