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Picture Your Happy Place for a Relaxed State of Mind


When you get so busy that you have to remind yourself to relax, you know it’s time for a break. Students have a lot going on in their lives. The classwork is extensive between undergraduate and graduate levels, and then throw in life and you’re a big ball of stress before you know it. Get to a place of comfort within minutes by visualizing your ultimate place of zen.

According to an article by the Mayo Clinic, there’s a particular type of relaxation called autogenic that requires visualization to get to a relaxed state. In this state you repeat words and visualize something you think of as serene. So, imagine your house by the lake, or your dream house and time off from school. Then repeat suggestions to yourself during visualization. Try telling yourself how smart you are, or how you’ll treat yourself once you’ve finished the class. You’ll notice through the exercise that your heart rate will slow, and you should feel a mood shift.

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If you’re too wound up, or in a chaotic space where you can’t think quietly, then try a massage or a soothing hot beverage (like tea) to calm your nerves. Steer clear of conflict, whether it’s on TV or through your social media channels, and find something that puts a smile on your face. You’ll be in a better place when it’s time to put back on that thinking cap for class.

By J. Mason