This is my personal favorite technique to manage stress. Physical fitness is a major component in mental fitness. Stepping away from an overwhelming situation to work out can actually improve cognitive function and alertness. Physical activity produces endorphins, chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers, and also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress. When I feel like I hit a wall at the library, I find it best to take a break to exercise. My usual work out routine includes running on the treadmill for 30 minutes, then going on the stair master for 10-20 minutes.
I like to end my time at the gym by doing some abs and lifting weights. If I don’t have time to go to the gym, I’ll go for a quick run around the neighborhood. Even five minutes of exercise boosts my mood and releases some of my tension. If you aren’t in the best of shape, take a walk outside. Anything that gets your body moving is beneficial. However, if you are looking for a quick intense workout, I suggest Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide. Over the summer, when I got home from a stressful day of work and didn’t feel like driving to the gym, I would just go in my basement to exercise. I downloaded the ebook to my phone and just followed the workouts. They are easy to follow, but definitely make you sweat. The best part is that it only takes 28 minutes a workout!