Tips to Help You De-Stress

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It’s still relatively early in the semester, but the stress is already beginning to build. Classes are hectic, work schedules are packed, and some days it feels like your head will burst. So to help you get through these long, exhausting days, here are some quick ways to help you de-stress even if you only have a few minutes to spare.

1. Take a short walk

Even a 10 minute walk will boost your endorphins and thus decrease stress hormone levels. Plus, the short break allows for an excellent mental break, an opportunity to spend a little time outside, or even a bit of self-reflection.

2. Eat a healthy snack.

Dealing with busy days and stressful situations can be made infinitely worse if faced on an empty stomach, and nothing places more stress on the brain than the feeling that it’s run out of fuel. Try to opt for healthy snacks during breaks in your schedule, or snack while studying to save time.

3. Listen to music

Most songs are only 3-4 minutes, so if you can’t focus while listening to music, a quick break to listen to a song or two will help lower stress without consuming too much time. Classical music in particular has been proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure, as well as reduce the body’s levels of stress hormones. If you’re not into classical music, any song you like would still release dopamine, one of the neurotransmitters associated with positive feelings, into the brain.

4. Take a class at Ambler Rec Center

This will take a little longer than some of the tips above, but it’s very doable if you’ve got an hour between classes or work shifts. Ambler offers cardio classes, yoga classes, Zumba classes, cycling classes, and many more. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to fight off stress, and it also boasts numerous other mental and physical health benefits. Class length varies, but most fall between 30-60 minutes.

5. Deep breathing

There are numerous benefits to deep breathing, one of which is stress reduction. According to WebMD, “breathing exercises can help you relax, because they make your body feel like it does when you are already relaxed.”

6. Laugh!

Much like deep breathing, laughter has a wide array of benefits. Laughter can improve the immune system, ease pain, boost mood, and, of course, combat stress. Best of all, finding something to laugh about takes almost no time at all, and can actually boost energy and productivity. So whether it’s a funny internet meme or a friend or coworker’s joke, find something funny and laugh away!

How to Network With Employers Using LinkedIn

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LinkedIn can be a powerful tool to make contacts and connections if utilized correctly but most users create their account and don’t really know where to go next with it. Here is a small guide to getting something out of that freshly made LinkedIn profile.

First, understand the difference between a contact and a connection. A contact is a one-way street where you simply have access to that person if the need arises and a connection goes both ways in which you and the connection actively help each other.

Next, there are a lot of articles out there telling you what every facet of your LinkedIn profile should look like. Just make sure you use a professional photo and have a well written headline and summary. Do not use a photo from your last birthday party and a headline introducing yourself.

Another thing to keep in mind is to not advertise yourself as looking for a job. Studies have shown that employers prefer “passive” job-seekers because they do not seem as desperate for just any job.

Obviously reach out to friends and colleagues you already know are using LinkedIn as this will help you find leads for connections outside your circle. Have them introduce you to their contacts instead of simply sending a generic request to be paired on LinkedIn.

Post updates on your timeline so it doesn’t just stay empty and check your connection updates as well. If you do not know what to post then share snapshots of your work and stuff related to your industry (or future industry).

Finally, check who has viewed your profile because this can be a good indicator of who likes what you put out and who doesn’t. It can also be a chance to make even more contacts because the people viewing your profile might not always take the first step.

Welcome to the professional world.