We all know how painful and horrible midterms can be. Even thinking about them can be overwhelming. But there are many things you can do that are great for stress relief.
Two of my favorite things to help relieve my stress are cooking and baking. Stress cooking and baking is my number one way to forget about tests, school and life for a little bit and enjoy the smells and taste of the yummy recipes that always cheer me up. I love cooking chicken parmesan or chicken BLTs. Then for dessert anything chocolate, like chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies or my favorite: mint chocolate chip ice cream. Those are some of my favorite foods, but you can find more delicious holiday recipes in Lily’s article next week.
Another great stress relief is a nice long bath. After a very stressful day, I always try to take a bath. It really calms me down and helps me relax. My favorite part is adding a bath bomb to the water. Sometimes I just use the store bought ones or I make my own. This is a great recipe to use to make your own diy bath bomb. I have used this one many of times and love it!
I know those two sound very girly and might not be fun for everyone, so here are some things to do if cooking and baths are not your thing. Video games are one way to relieve stress. CNET did a survey and about 91% of kids in the United States play video games. An active option is playing a sport or going on hikes. I love going on hikes in my backyard or at Monocacy Hill.
For more of the quiet people, just drawing or reading can be fun too. Finding a good book, sitting down in a quiet area, and just focusing on the story will help you forget about all things for awhile. For the artistic type of people (which I definitely am not), drawing or coloring are one more way to distract from the stress of the world.
All of these activities can help reduce stress. There are many different ways to reduce stress, but a lot of the time it just helps doing things you love and want to do. Even making goals and spending time daydreaming about them can help. If you are looking for ways to remove stress, you can start with these. Just have fun with it and forget about the world for a little. But not for too long. Unfortunately, life (and midterms) have to happen, so don’t fully relax until Christmas break.