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Learn to de-stress during a busy week

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If the past week was a blur and the upcoming week is overloaded, consider a quick “solo date night” to relax.

High school may feel like recreation compared to college for some students. Scheduling becomes more complicated, expectations are higher and COVID-19 is changing how we socialize. It is easy to get overwhelmed and crash, but there are several easy activities to do to treat your mind and body.

Aromatherapy is a popular tool many use to combat several problems such as allergies, headaches and broken concentration. This practice uses the sense of smell to manipulate the part of the brain controlling emotions. Although there are various ways to practice this holistic treatment, diffusers and body oils are the most common to find.

Allison McCune Davis is a traditional naturopath from Enid who works with essential oils. She said lavender, cedarwood and rose are some of the oils associated with reducing stress. When choosing products, people should be cautious about what they’re buying.

“Very important to use therapeutic grade oils created for health purposes,” Davis said in an online chat. “They are not regulated in the U.S., so you need to know your farms or trust someone who does.”

She said even bottles that read “pure” can still contain “synthetic fillers,” which she said are not a good thing.

Next, choosing the right snack or meal can help you deal with stress levels. Thanksgiving meals are often followed by naps since drowsiness is a side effect of the amino acid tryptophan found in turkey. 

Making a light turkey sandwich may create a feeling of relaxation in a safe and natural way. Blueberries, tea and bananas are also connected to improved moods.

Finally, there may not be time for a movie on your date night, but YouTube provides plenty of videos to help you unwind.

Mooji, whose real name is Anthony Paul Moo-Young, hosts videos on his channel that deal with stress from a spiritual perspective. Free of politics or complex preaching, some of his videos guide viewers through simple and thought-provoking meditations.

For a non-spiritual experience, the channel “Goodful” offers a guided meditation that only lasts five minutes. “Calmed by Nature” also has peaceful music, which might not be your style, that creates virtual settings such as a rainy night in a coffee shop or a campfire by the sea.

Tom Merrick has a channel with five-minute yoga routines. His friendly style and British accent are easy to tolerate, even or a beginner. Brief yoga videos are especially great if you didn’t have time for a full workout that day.

Students may feel they don’t have the time or need but spending 30-minutes a week reducing stress could be the “control-alt-delete” the brain needs to reboot and start fresh.