STRESS IS the worst. You’re never going to get away from it, so you might as well do what you can to keep it from getting its claws into you long-term.
Next time you’re feeling overwhelmed (because, winter quarter and stuff), try one of these out:
MEDITATION: We all know it’s good for us, but in the mad rush of quarter living, it’s often the first stress-reliever to be forgotten. Now you have less of an excuse to sidestep those ten-odd minutes of meditation: the Windhover Contemplative Center!
The Center is that ultra-modern replacement for the parking lot in front of Roble, all glass and angsty earth tones. Beautiful and ever-quiet, peek in when you’ve got some time between classes. You could probably even nap, but I mean, try the library first.
OUTSIDE: Chances are, however crafty you thought you were, your room’s a bit small and less bright than you might wish. So, consider leaving it. It’s a tough decision, but life outside your room is rad and you’ve probably been missing it. And raging doesn’t count.
Take advantage of the real reason Stanford is better than Harvard (obviously the sun), and spend some time outside. Studies have shown that just being outside makes you happier and reduces stress, so if you can’t make it over to the Windhover Center quite yet, just chill on a bench for a while.
EAT BRIGHT: As we approach another Stanford winter, eating bright to combat the cool weather and cloudy days is important. Special K Red Berries doesn’t count and neither does Cap'n Crunch, even though they both taste great and are primary colors.
Start looking at the vegetarian section of your dining hall that you’ve been avoiding, or grab a couple of apples on your way out of the kitchen. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables can help to keep your immune system healthy so that you can focus without that cold everyone’s been getting.
You already know these things, probably, but sometimes the little things (like the fact that Arillaga has a salad bar in addition to the fry section) are the hardest to remember.
And below for your enjoyment is a cute puppy.
By: Eleni Spanos