SEE Tip: Closing your eyes after a long day and all you want to do is sleep, but your brain has other plans. You just want to shut it off, drown out the thoughts, but all you do is toss and turn, right? Stress might be keeping you from getting that desired shut eye. So, instead of focusing on the desired outcome (sleep), focus on ways to reduce your stress.
2. Music: Embrace the power of listening to music. Researchers found that people who listen to music (versus no music) were more likely experience reduced anxiety, heart rate, and blood pressure.
3. Progressive Relaxation: Tense and release each area of the body, working your way from the toes to the top of the head
4. Get a massage: Hello, Stressbusters! Get a Free 5-7 minute back rub from Stressbusters tonight at the MSE on Q level from 8-10pm. You can also stop by Mudd Atrium on Wednesdays for Wind Down Wednesdays. Don't miss a chance for a free back rub which can only help in your quest for more ZZZ's.
5. Write: The thoughts swirling around your head need a place to go. Try writing them out in a journal or day planner. Sometimes the thoughts are things to remember for the next day-- instead of worrying about remembering something, instead, write it down so you can let your mind relax and wake up to the written reminder in the morning. If it is other thoughts keeping you from rest, write those thoughts down. Writing it out will allow you to process it better, or come back to it another time (when you actually have time to think about it).