10 Ways to Relieve Stress at Cornell

With Thanksgiving break approaching, students are considering how to de-stress before finals. Jonathan Sanchez put together a nice list of things students do on campus to unwind.

Life as a college student at Cornell can get pretty busy and stressful at times, but it is important that you always take care of yourself. So, here are a couple of ways in which I take a break from school:

  1. Watch the sunset on Libe Slope. Most students would agree that sitting on the slope with friends and watching the sunset makes for a good study break. There’s a beauty in letting your mind go free (exams, homework, life, etc.) and appreciating the moment.
  2. Go for a walk around campus. Cornell is home to one of the most beautiful college campuses in the U.S. Sometimes walking around campus and exploring new locations is a nice adventure in itself. Since the campus is large, you’ll always discover a new place.
  3. walkExercise at one of the Cornell Fitness Centers. It’s easy to be so focused on school that we forget to exercise daily, but 30 minutes of activity is enough to make you feel better and stress-free. With so many group classes available such as Zumba and a variety of fitness centers around campus, there are many opportunities available for students to work out.
  4. swimWatch Netflix/Hulu. Having fast and reliable WiFi is always nice when you have to turn in an assignment, but it also comes in handy when it’s time to catch up on an episode of your favorite show. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.
  5. Take a nap. Sleep is important and necessary in order for students to function at their fullest potential. This is where power naps come into play; they allow you to rest enough for you to function better over the next couple of hours. Trust me, they can be the difference between staying awake or falling asleep in your next class.
  6. sleetAttend a campus event hosted by one of our many student organizations. With over 1,000 student organizations there is always something to do at Cornell. You can go watch a dance showcase or taste food from different parts of the world hosted by a cultural organization. The possibilities are endless.
  7. Go to the Commons and eat at the amazing restaurants. Food is not only good at Cornell, but it is also great in the Ithaca area. Head downtown and dine at one of the many restaurants, some of which own famous cookbooks.
  8. Salsa dancing at Agava or the Big Red Barn. Dancing is great way to have fun and exercise at the same time. If you have no experience, don’t worry because there is always a free lesson before the party!
  9. Take a trip to the Ithaca Mall with friends. You can watch a movie or simply visit the shops. It’s a nice way to get away from campus for a bit and buy something new.
  10. Enjoy some ice cream at the Cornell Dairy Bar. It’s pretty unique for a college to make their own ice cream so take advantage of it and head to the Dairy Bar for some tasty dessert.