Major universities are using coloring books to help stressed students

By Sean Dowling, Buzz60

College can be super stressful -- trying to make new friends, figuring out which major to declare and not to mention all the exams.

American University knows that and they're trying to help calm down their students.

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Instead of using stress balls and yoga classes, they are teaching these new adults how to get in touch with their inner child.

In honor of Healthy Campus Week, American University provided coloring sheets and crayons for students in an effort to help them unwind.

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8 ways to reduce stress

Breathe deeply
Take a few deep breaths in and out. It will naturally help to clear your mind.

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Get up and go for a walk
You don't even necessarily need to go outside your office. Just stand up and take a few minutes to mosey around.

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Thrown on some instrumental or classical music
It will soothe you while clearing your head.

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Read leisurely
Even if it's an online article about the latest celebrity gossip, give your mind a break from the monotony of the work in front of you.

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Write it out
Writing even for a few minutes helps you gather your thoughts and express what you're feeling.

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Get moving
If you're lucky enough to have a full lunch break, take advantage of it and use it to get your blood pumping.

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Stop refreshing that inbox 
It may seem impossible to fully unplug, but stopping from obsessively checking your email will make a difference.

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Sleep as much as you can
A full night's sleep has so many benefits. Coming to work well-rested is key to staying low-stress.

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The University notes on its Facebook page, "Adult coloring books can help with a number of emotional and mental health issues."

American University is following in the footsteps of several other colleges who have done the same. The University of Wyoming has an Art-Well program designed to "color your stress away". Another school partaking in the wellness exercise is the University of Missouri, Mizzou.

Health experts suggest that adult coloring books are a great way to decrease stress and anxiety, as well as promote overall wellness, but some people are skeptical, writing, "These are being handed out in the student union today. Mizzou's transformation into an adult daycare begins."

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