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Five ways to de-stress

In a couple weeks, yet another semester will have gone — and finals will leave many students tense and anxiously checking D2L for grade postings every ten minutes. Instead of starting out your summer with a tight chest and knots in your back, check out these great stress relief tactics.

1) Drink tea.

One study in London took 75 young men, broke them into groups and had them drink an assigned tea for six weeks. Group one had actual black tea, while group two had a placebo. The men were then exposed to stressful everyday situations, which were followed by an examination of blood pressure, heart rate, etc. Group one was able to de-stress much faster than group two.

2) Eat a sweet treat.

No, it’s not too good to be true. Research coming out of the University of Cincinnati shows that eating something sweet while stressed out actually decreases the body’s production of glucocorticoid, which is the hormone released when stress occurs. You’re welcome.

3) Take a walk- especially if it’s sunny.zen

It’s not a secret that exercise is a good way to de-stress. A peaceful walk, while soaking up some vitamin D, may be all that’s needed to get you feeling 100% in no time.

4) Eat some fish.

Fish is packed with omega-3 fatty acids which work wonders by cutting down another stress hormone called cortisol and increasing the production of DHEA, which fights against stress.

5) Play a video game.

Researchers at East Carolina University have found that playing a videogame is a great way to relieve stress. Carmen Russoniello, a professor at the university, stated, “Getting absorbed in games provides a distraction and relaxes the nervous system.” However, Russoniello warns that non-violent games work better than violent games, since violence actually increases stress levels.

There’s only a few months of summer before fall semester, so don’t waste a second of it stressing about grades.


What’s a better gift than stress relief?

With assignments, exams and projects piling up as the semester draws to a close, college students everywhere are finding themselves keenly aware of the toll daily stress can take. With the holiday season fast approaching, consider giving the gift of stress relief to yourself or a friend with these five affordable items.

Dr. Freud’s therapy ball – Available from Amazon for $7.95

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A stress ball with a sense of humor, this black ball features a cartoon representation of Sigmund Freud surrounded with the words “Dr. Freud’s Therapy Ball.” This is the perfect gift for any psychology major in your life, or anyone who knows a bit about psychoanalytic theory. If nothing else, this therapy ball is sure to produce a chuckle, and laughter is the best medicine.

Stress cupcake – Available from ThinkGeek for $4.99

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ThinkGeek’s stress cupcake would enhance the desk of any stressed out dieter. This pink and blue creation is a unique take on the classic stress ball and makes an unforgettable gift. Who wouldn’t like to squeeze the heck out of a tiny cupcake with none of the mess?

WTF? Red office stock self-inking rubber stamp – Available from Amazon for $8.99

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Receive poor feedback from a professor? Find something absurd in your mailbox? Know someone who actually has to fill out TPS reports? This self-inking stamp places a gratifying “WTF” in bold red letters on any paper. Say what you’re thinking by shouting it in ink, but be warned, professors may respond with a different negative red letter if you put this at the top of your assignments.

Bullshit button – Available from Amazon for $6.94

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Is the WTF? stamp too subtle for you or your friend? Then try the bullshit button. Push this button and everyone around you will know how genuine you think someone or something is being. Let the world hear your frustration without ever opening your mouth. But be careful, your boss might not want to hear this when you’re asked to come in on Saturday.

Smart mass thinking putty – Available from ThinkGeek starting at $9.99

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This putty is all the fun of traditional putties. Just stretch it around in your hands to burn off some stress. But this comes in 10 excellent varieties, including magnetic black hole putty for a slightly higher price of $12.99. Science is awesome with this great gift and will amuse anyone on your shopping list, including yourself!