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8 Simple Stress Relievers for Students

Whether you’re writing your GMAT, LSAT, GRE, all of the above, or none of the above, you can always benefits from these stress relievers. They’re easy to do and you’ll thank yourself afterwards.


When your brain’s been working overtime, it can really help to let it wander from time to time. Doodling is guaranteed to make that happen. For best results, don’t start on a blank page. That photo in the newspaper could really use a moustache.

Just dance

Whether it’s a classic like Eye of the Tiger or the latest Top 40 pick, find a song that pumps you up. Then, designate five minutes for a serious dance party for one.

Get outside

No time for a run? No worries. Sometimes just stepping outside can be enough to recharge your batteries. Picking a small errand to run is a great way to get this done.

Jumping jacks

Feeling sluggish? The fastest and easiest way to get rid of the mind-fog is to jump around. About 30 jumping jacks should do the trick.


Don’t forget about this one. When we’re stressed our breathing tends to get shallow and uneven. You can trick your body into thinking it’s not stressed by getting your breathing back to normal. Start by counting to 10 while breathing deeply in and out for each count. When you’re done count from 10 back to 1.

Take 5 on Youtube

Nothing takes the edge off like watching a viral pet video compilation. Just a heads up, there’s a screaming goat coming up in this link.

Hug it out

Positive physical contact causes our brains to release the ‘happy hormone’. If you’re feeling down about studying a hug is a great stress reliever. No humans around? A pet can have the same effect.

Start talking

Studying can turn any social butterfly into a recluse, so it’s important to reunite yourself with society every now and then. When your hermit beard starts growing a little too long just pick up the phone and have a quick chat with someone.

Do you know of any tried and true stress relievers? Tell us about them, we’d love to hear them!

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