by Elana Garay

College life is not easy and there is always something to be done. College can be stressful during any time of the semester; however, with midterms approaching, every college student’s stress levels rise. With the rising stress levels, comes the need to handle the stress in a productive, safe way.
There are some ways to reduce stress such as getting at least eight hours of sleep, taking a break to walk outside, and balancing the fun and studying.
Taking a break from during studying and doing homework can relieve stress, “You could be stressed because you’re being too focused on getting things done. Don’t forget that your brain is like a muscle, and even it needs a break every once in a while! Take a break and see a movie,” according to the College Life website.
Relaxing is another way to reduce stress, “Relaxation techniques are extremely valuable tools in stress management. Most of the techniques like meditation, self-hypnosis, and deep muscle relaxation work in a similar fashion. They make it possible for you to spend a short period of time in a state of profound relaxation. In this state both the body and the mind are at rest and the outside world is screened out for a period of time.The practice of one of these techniques on a regular basis can provide a wonderfully calming and relaxing feeling that seems to have a lasting effect for many people,” stated from the website
Finally, the counseling center at Benedictine University is another way to handle stress. The counseling service is a way for students to talk about the things that are making them stressed. Just talking about the problems your facing, can sometimes help relieve the stress you’re feeling.
Everyone experiences stress at one point in their lives. The problem is, however, how that person deals with the stress. By following the tips, you will be able to help reduce your stress in a healthy way and hopefully make it through midterms in one piece.