Coping Creatively: Finding Creative Ways to Destress

With registration, midterms and countless proposals due, stress can become a problem for students at this time of year. If you notice you’re feeling overwhelmed, here are a few ways to relieve your stress. No more Netflix, these tips are a little more creative!

Believe it or not coloring books are back, they’re more popular than ever, and they’re not just for kids anymore! Adult coloring books are now available at most bookstores and they range from playful doodles to intricate designs. You can even find them on Amazon. Either way they’re a great way to relax. Crayons not included!

Journaling is also a great way to unwind, but it doesn’t have to be the traditional diary full of your deepest secrets. Wreck This Journal by Kerri Smith is a book of fun and creative prompts from making a drawing with glue to tearing a page out and putting it through the washing machine—all in the name of creativity! It’s another great way to de-stress.

Finally for all you writers out there, 642 Things to Write About is a great book with short, fun writing prompts that are stress free and full of fun. These aren’t like the writing you do for your composition class, these prompts are open ended and allow your creativity to run free.  For those of you who like to draw (you don’t have to be good at it!) 642 Things to Draw is a great option from the same series that has a similar concept.

So have fun, relax, get creative, and watch your stress melt away!


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