Wednesday, November 21

Columnist Alissa Evans took a trip to Westwoof, the new dog park in Westwood, in hopes of alleviating the stress of finals week. Studies have shown that interacting with animals can increase the production of oxytocin in the brain. (Bilial Ismail Ahmed/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Stress Less: Puppy therapy, crying can help to alleviate stress as finals approach

Alissa Evans’ experience with stress stems primarily from her inability to definitively choose a major, a recently received D that taints her otherwise mediocre GPA and her complete and utter confusion regarding the abstract concept commonly referred to as her “future.” In the midst of a mid-college crisis, the Daily Bruin columnist decided to try a different stress-relieving activity every other week of winter quarter and chronicled her quest for mental homeostasis in Stress Less. Read more...

Photo: Columnist Alissa Evans took a trip to Westwoof, the new dog park in Westwood, in hopes of alleviating the stress of finals week. Studies have shown that interacting with animals can increase the production of oxytocin in the brain. (Bilial Ismail Ahmed/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Columnist Alissa Evans took a trip to Westwoof, the new dog park in Westwood, in hopes of alleviating the stress of finals week. Studies have shown that interacting with animals can increase the production of oxytocin in the brain. (Bilial Ismail Ahmed/Daily Bruin senior staff)


Daily Bruin columnist Alissa Evans ran once a day for a week to see if it would help lower her stress levels. Evans ran approximately 20-30 minutes at Drake Stadium and the Bruin Fitness Center. (Chengcheng Zhang/Daily Bruin)

Stress Less: Though not necessarily fun, running brings mental and physical benefits

Alissa Evans’ experience with stress stems primarily from her inability to definitively choose a major, a recently received D that taints her otherwise mediocre GPA and her complete and utter confusion regarding the abstract concept commonly referred to as her “future.” In the midst of a midcollege crisis, the Daily Bruin columnist decided to try a different stress-relieving activity every other week of winter quarter and chronicled her quest for mental homeostasis in Stress Less. Read more...

Photo: Daily Bruin columnist Alissa Evans ran once a day for a week to see if it would help lower her stress levels. Evans ran approximately 20-30 minutes at Drake Stadium and the Bruin Fitness Center. (Chengcheng Zhang/Daily Bruin)

Daily Bruin columnist Alissa Evans ran once a day for a week to see if it would help lower her stress levels. Evans ran approximately 20-30 minutes at Drake Stadium and the Bruin Fitness Center. (Chengcheng Zhang/Daily Bruin)

Daily Bruin columnist Alissa Evans tried out autonomous sensory meridian response stimuli for the third installment of "Stress Less." While she found the soft sounds of ASMR videos to be relaxing, the videos did not provoke the pleasant physical response that many ASMR fans claim. (Daniel Miller/Daily Bruin)

Stress Less: ASMR fails to tap into tingling sensations but still provides relaxation

Alissa Evans’ experience with stress stems primarily from her inability to definitively choose a major, a recently received D that taints her otherwise mediocre GPA and her complete and utter confusion regarding the abstract concept commonly referred to as her “future.” In the midst of a midcollege crisis, the Daily Bruin columnist decided to try a different stress-relieving activity every other week of winter quarter and chronicled her quest for mental homeostasis in Stress Less. Read more...

Photo: Daily Bruin columnist Alissa Evans tried out autonomous sensory meridian response stimuli for the third installment of "Stress Less." While she found the soft sounds of ASMR videos to be relaxing, the videos did not provoke the pleasant physical response that many ASMR fans claim. (Daniel Miller/Daily Bruin)

Daily Bruin columnist Alissa Evans tried out autonomous sensory meridian response stimuli for the third installment of "Stress Less." While she found the soft sounds of ASMR videos to be relaxing, the videos did not provoke the pleasant physical response that many ASMR fans claim. (Daniel Miller/Daily Bruin)

Daily Bruin columnist Alissa Evans practiced meditation as a means of stress relief. Though She found the process to be calming, she found that the calming effect of meditation only lasted for a short while, possibly due to her inconsistent meditation schedule. (Jenna Smith/Daily Bruin)

Stress Less: Meditation can mediate stress levels as midterms approach

Alissa Evans’ experience with stress stems primarily from her inability to definitively choose a major, a recently received D that taints her otherwise mediocre GPA and her complete and utter confusion regarding the abstract concept commonly referred to as her “future.” In the midst of a midcollege crisis, the Daily Bruin columnist decided to try a different stress-relieving activity every other week of winter quarter and chronicled her quest for mental homeostasis in Stress Less. Read more...

Photo: Daily Bruin columnist Alissa Evans practiced meditation as a means of stress relief. Though She found the process to be calming, she found that the calming effect of meditation only lasted for a short while, possibly due to her inconsistent meditation schedule. (Jenna Smith/Daily Bruin)

Daily Bruin columnist Alissa Evans practiced meditation as a means of stress relief. Though She found the process to be calming, she found that the calming effect of meditation only lasted for a short while, possibly due to her inconsistent meditation schedule. (Jenna Smith/Daily Bruin)

Alissa Evans, a second-year cognitive science student, tried painting as a way to reduce stress. She painted a mountain landscape at night and a sunset on canvas and canvas paper respectively. (Mia Kayser/Daily Bruin)

Stress Less: Painting can help students brush up on how to relax from school life

Alissa Evans’ experience with stress stems primarily from her inability to definitively choose a major, a recently received D that taints her otherwise mediocre GPA and her complete and utter confusion regarding the abstract concept commonly referred to as her “future.” In the midst of a mid-college crisis, the Daily Bruin columnist decided to try a different stress-relieving activity every other week of winter quarter and chronicled her quest for mental homeostasis in Stress Less. Read more...

Photo: Alissa Evans, a second-year cognitive science student, tried painting as a way to reduce stress. She painted a mountain landscape at night and a sunset on canvas and canvas paper respectively. (Mia Kayser/Daily Bruin)

Alissa Evans, a second-year cognitive science student, tried painting as a way to reduce stress. She painted a mountain landscape at night and a sunset on canvas and canvas paper respectively. (Mia Kayser/Daily Bruin)