Four ways to de-stress

Anna Quintanilla ’19
Contributing Writer

With only three more weeks left of classes, students are scrambling to absorb information that professors throw their way before “judgement week,” aka “finals season,” in early May. Whether you are a first-year re-evaluating academic interests, a sophomore skeptical about your declared major, a junior secretly freaking out about what the upcoming year holds, or a senior faced with the pressure of mapping out job opportunities for life after Smith, the struggle is real! This stress, coupled with the stack of books and pending assignments on the desk, can be overwhelming.

However, there are several ways to combat the pressure. Here are four simple ways to de-stress:

1. Explore restaurants in downtown Northampton:

Yes, food outside of Smith’s dining halls exists! Treat yourself to a delicious chicken teriyaki bowl at Noodle’s, a plate of Filos Fries at Filos Greek Taverna or a new restaurant of your choice. Find a new “go-to” place for you and your friends. Then, go to Herrell’s and enjoy some ice cream.

2. Go to the gym:

You might have rolled your eyes when you read this suggestion because the gym is probably the last place you would want to go, but believe me when I say it works! The gym is open until 9PM on Mondays through Thursdays. In addition, the pool is open in the morning and afternoons. Even if you aren’t an amazing swimmer, the pool is a great place for you to relax and reflect. Float on your back and de-stress! Also, if you want to get outside, the boathouse is now open from 1 p.m to 5 p.m.

3. Smith-To-Do:

This event is held every Saturday night from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Davis Ballroom, featuring DIY projects like creating luggage tags, clocks, and tie-dying shirts. This Saturday’s upcoming project is creating homemade soap. Invite your friends and create away!

4. Play “Just Dance” with your fellow Smithies:

If you don’t have a gaming console system to play this on, YouTube is the place for you! Granted, it doesn’t track your moves but this is still fun because you get to show off dance moves you didn’t know you were capable of! I personally recommend that you try Just Dance: Psy’s “Gentlemen” and Justin Bieber’s “That Power.” My friends and I have had a blast with this particular choreography and I’m confident you will too! There is also a Nintendo Wii in the lower level of the Campus Center, if you want to challenge your friends to a game of Mario Kart.

As college students, we tend to be harsh on ourselves. Oftentimes we forget that we have interests and hobbies outside of academics. So, whatever the stressful situation you are in, recognize that it is okay to treat yourself; take a moment out of your hectic life, and combat stress with things that you enjoy doing. Your future self will thank you for this!

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