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Can you remember the last time you weren’t feeling stressed out? Yeah, me neither. The life of a college student (this goes for recent grads, too, since most of us are struggling with debt, the job-hunt, and the like) is usually full to the brim with stress. Trying to balance, work, school, sleep, and a social life is a daily struggle (and the struggle is way too #real) that causes us college students to feel stressed out almost constantly. Even when we’re having fun, we’re thinking about that exam coming up or how much laundry we have to do or when we have to make our next student loan payment. It seems like it never ends.

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The problem with this is, stress is terrible for our mental and physical health. You probably already know that stress can leave you feeling tired, lethargic, achy and even make you sick to your stomach, but did you know that stress actually takes a way worse toll on our bodies than even that? A stomach ache and tired, achy muscles is nothing when you realize that it’s entirely possible that stress might actually make your body shut down. Stress can clog your arteries (seriously!), shut down your immune system, and even shave precious time off your life span.

So the question remains — stress can have a serious, long-lasting impact on your health, but how do we get rid of this age-old problem? Well, the answer lies in *drum roll please…* cuddling!

Okay, so maybe not cuddling per se, but social interaction (and definitely cuddling) is how you build up resistance to stress. You know what that means, right? Now you can rightfully be #sorrynotsorry for partying.

Want all the science behind this? Check out AsapSCIENCE‘s video below!

How do you de-stress?