10 Fun Stress Outlets for College Students

College can be intensively stressful at times and it’s important to have an outlet for that stress. There are many different stress outlets to choose from but here are our top 10:

Walking and/or Running in Nature

Running or even just walking in nature can have a tremendously powerful effect when it comes to quieting the mind and taking time to appreciate the beauty of nature. Combine that with physical exercise and you have a winning combination! You don’t even have to leave your college campus!


You don’t need a top of the line camera to take stunning pictures! Pick the right location, Google basic photography techniques and maybe start with a sunrise or sunset. Experiment and you can create a beautiful picture that you can use for your desktop or even print and frame!


Some people may find cooking stressful and you may feel pressed for time. But there are plenty of recipes you can google that are simple, healthy, don’t take much time and taste great! Plus enjoying the satisfaction of your own deliciously cooked dish will just make you feel pretty darn good mentally and emotionally!

Playing/Learning an Instrument

Playing an instrument can bring you pure joy! If you don’t already own an instrument you can buy one used for cheap and that’s all you need to get started. Plus you can get tons of free online training from platforms like YouTube!

Recreational Sports

Just taking some time to shoot some hoops, kick a soccer ball or toss around a football. Just a moderate amount of physical activity can be enough to burn some calories and improve your over all mood. And you don’t need to be a pro athlete to play catch!

Crafting/DIY Projects

Whether it’s creating homemade jewelry or making a bird feeder, these kinds of activities can provide just the thing you need to relax and take your mind off of things!

Caring for a Pet

Whether it is dog sitting, feeding the neighbors cat, or getting your own pet, research has shown that spending time with a pet reduces stress and anxiety! Even if it’s just 10 or 15 minutes with an animal.

Do Something Nice for Somebody Else

Want a powerful stress reliever? Do something nice for somebody else! It could be a surprise phone call to a relative or good friend that you haven’t talked to in a long time! Even just bringing a cup of coffee to a friend who is studying or just helping to buy groceries for your neighbor, gratitude brings joy and can really help with high stress levels.


Just a simple bike ride around your college campus or in your neighborhood can definitely help you get a handle on stress! Especially at exam time! It’s quick, gets you out into nature and calms the mind!


Meditation has been around for thousands of years and modern research has indicated that meditating can dramatically improve your overall health and well-being and boost your immune system! While many people think it is hard to meditate, it isn’t. At first your mind will want to wander but as you practice your mind will become less “cluttered” and more focused!

Whatever you decide to do, just pick something that will help you relax, if only for a brief few minutes.

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