5 Creative Ways to Burn Stress

Many students are not only juggling school, but family and perhaps one or two jobs, which can lead to one thing: stress, stress, and more stress.  There are many ways for students to release stress while they are in school.  Many Globe University-La Crosse students suggest lots of loud music, going for a drive or walk, doodling, yoga, Bath and Body Works aromatherapy, or perhaps the occasional punch on the good old punching bag, like Rocky.

Here are five tips from Globe University faculty and staff on how they shed their own anxiety in a very creative way:

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Katie Heron, Globe University Registrar, relieving stress by ice climbing in Colorado!

Climb a Waterfall

Katie Heron, registrar, releases a lot of stress in the winter by doing outdoor activities.  No ice skating or sledding for her; instead, she seeks more of a thrilling way to relieve stress by ice climbing frozen waterfalls and cross-country skate skiing, a sport that impersonates the movement of ice skating but replaces the rink with a beautiful, scenic wintery trail.

Be Inspired by Disney

Emily Vieth, admissions representative literally sings to herself, often out loud, “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. . . .” from “Finding Nemo.” So, if you hear some Dory inspired tunes swimming around campus, chances are Emily is around.

Take on Technology

You can combine a good workout and your favorite singers by grabbing your MP3 player like Meredith McCoy, program chair for the massage school, and take on the freezing weather with a walk. The combination of fresh air and her favorite jams, even for 10 minutes, helps her take on her next task.

Or, stay warm, fire up your smart phone, and play a game app.  When DeAnn Prezel isn’t helping students pursue a business administration degree, this business program chair can’t get enough of Bubble Bust, where bursting bubbles can help your forget your worries for a bit.

Perform a Little Insanity

Dean of Students Aimee Miritello says she, ironically, sweats by doing the “Insanity” workout, a high calorie burning interval routine that can have you shedding, at times, up to 1,000 calories in one workout. That is the equivalent of about 4.5 small French fries at McDonald’s or one angus bacon and cheese with one small fry, according to McDonalds’ nutrition facts.

Help Another Driver Out

Personally, I like to do a good deed to get rid of stress by kicking the stored chunks of snow from behind car tires in the winter. Yes, a bit unconventional, I know, but if you haven’t tried it, give it a shot.  Just remember, you are kicking the snow, not the car.

What do you do to relieve stress?

Jodie LiedkeThis post was written by Jodie Liedke. Liedke, a true Wisconsinite, having labored four summers in a mozzarella factory, received her BA from Lakeland College and her Masters in Fine Arts from Wichita State University in Kansas.  Liedke is the General Education and Service-Learning Coordinator, a Creative Quill and Writing Across the Curriculum lead, and the advisor/instructor for GLUWW (Globe La Crosse Writers Write). When not writing creatively, Liedke enjoys watching films, exploring the outdoors, and biking.