A couple of days before a physics test, my friend Chacha’14 posted on Facebook asking how to deal with stress, and got a massive influx of suggestions. This is by no means a complete enumeration of activities that MIT students do to manage stress, so enjoy the brief lapse into generalizability.
- Inhale for 6 counts, hold for 6 counts, exhale for 6 counts, repeat.
- Take some free time, even when you feel like you can’t afford it.
- Time management.
- Watch some funny videos.
- Play dress-up.
- Commune with your deity/ies.
- Commune with your friends.
- Blast music. (or make music!)
The anonymous personage on the right did not wish to reveal his face to the interwebs.
I have replaced it with that of the guitarist’s intrepid rainbow conure, Faraday.
- Run around like a crazy person. Climb trees. Race down the hallway. Go outside and feel the cold for 30 seconds.
photo cred: Ana Lyons ’12
- Take the pistol PE class.
- When you’re too tired to work, but have to work, take a 15-30 minute, 90-120 minute, or multiple of 90-120 minute nap — whatever leaves you feeling the most refreshed. (Pro tip for recovering from sleep schedule hacks and/or insomnia: take a walk outside on a sunny morning to help reset your circadian rhythm.)
- Make and/or eat something delicious.
- Whenever nice small things happen, enjoy them.
- Look at pictures (or videos) of adorable animals.
- Nuzzle a cat’s fuzzy tummy.
- Take at least one class every term that you absolutely love.
- Don’t overwork yourself for A’s that aren’t worth it. (Sorry, premeds.)
- Remember that everyone else is just as confused as you are.