It’s okay to relax


Nik Cunningham, Publications Editor

Everyone is wound up so tightly and we’re not even halfway through the semester. There are a lot of things to worry about: homework, classes, jobs, and COVID-19, but everyone has to relax eventually, or they risk snapping.

One of the best things you can do when stressed is watch an old movie from your childhood. It will get your mind off of things that you’re worried about without removing them from the back of your mind completely.

Journaling or talking out your feelings with a close friend is another good way to fight stress. Reading over what you’ve written can help give you a new perspective, and getting advice from a trusted friend is always a good time.

Or you can go to an animal shelter and play with the animals there. Just try being upset and stressed around an energetic puppy.It doesn’t work.

Wound up and energetic? Go for a walk and listen to music. USI has so many beautiful trails around campus, it’s easy to get absorbed into nature while listening to a good song.

Clean out your ’watch later’ list on YouTube. Some of the videos on there may surprise you, and if you scroll down far enough down there’s sure to be videos about old interests you’ve forgotten.

You can also do the opposite and put your phone on Do Not Disturb, then read a book or soak in the bath with a nice bath bomb.

My favorite things to do when stressed go for a walk and listen to music, or hang up an old sheet or shirt between the trees and throw paint at it. It’s a surprisingly relaxing way to create something out of stress. Just make sure there’s no one behind it.