Quick and Dirty Relaxation Tips for Midterm Season (Or Anytime You’re Feeling Stressed)

By: Alex Cole Campus Sherpa Staff Writer, William and Mary University Depending on your campus’s academic schedule, midterms might be a week or two away, or you may have the bulk of your exams behind you. Regardless of when your midterms are scheduled, it’s probably inevitable that you’re going to be stressed at some point soon in the semester. Luckily, you don’t just have to suffer through a stressful day (or week, or semester); as a college sophomore and a soon-to-be yoga instructor, I have plenty of tips for keeping calm despite a heavy workload. Breathe Through It Breathing is so instinctive that we often taken it for granted. But breathing is connected to your heartrate, so slowing down your breath is the quickest way to sooth racing thoughts and sweaty palms right before heading into an exam or when studying is making you feel anxious. Focus on taking slow, deep breaths, being conscious of completely filling and then emptying your lungs. Try taking at least five deep breaths and then check in with yourself. Feeling calm yet? Try Meditation Meditation isn’t just for Tibetan monks; there are apps for it! Calm.com is both a website and an app that …