Tips to manage stress
Factors in our environment trigger a
stress response. These triggers are
called “stressors". Stressors are not necessarily negative, such as falling in love or winning a sports game. Moreover, people differ in the amount of
stress they experience. A situation that is stressful for one person
might not be stressful for another. For example, a roller coaster ride
or parachuting may be very stressful for you, while a friend may find
Long-term stress can lead to serious health problems, such as high blood pressure, ulcers or acid reflux, and loss of sleep. Learn more here.
Tips for:Handling school, work, life...
Deep Breathing & Meditation
Being a student can be stressful. Classes, homework, work, a social life, and everything in between - It can be a lot to handle. Knowing how to manage your time can help you juggle all the things you have to do. Consider doing some of the following:
- Getting a planner - Go through your syllabi from all classes and writing down due dates for your assignments. Write down other important dates and even your work schedule.
- Create a to-do list - Write down all the things you need to do down - It also helps you remember everything!
- Prioritize - What's more important? List out things from most important to not as important and focus on the top of the list first.
- Check it off or cross it out - There's satisfaction in completing something so when you're able to check it off or cross it off your list - Great job!
Yoga & Exercise
Taking just a few minutes a day to breathe and step away from all the chaos can make a huge difference. Try some of these techniques:
- Quick Calm - It takes just a couple of seconds but it's easy and super effective!
- Take a deep breathe in and hold
- Think "I am warm"
- Exhale through your mouth and think "I am calm"
- 4-7-8 - Shown to be effective, this technique calms the nervous system.
- Breathe in through your nose while counting in your head to 4
- Hold your breathe for a mental count of 7
- Exhale through your mouth while making a whoosing noise for a mental count of 8
- Repeat for a total of 4 cycles
- Meditation - Meditation can be done by anyone - It is practicing relaxing by clearing your mind and focusing on your breathing. Watch this video for a little Meditation 101.
Exercising is good for your health on many different levels. For stress, it releases the feel-good chemical known as endorphins. Just 30 minutes a day can lead to reduced stress.
Yoga is also very good for stress, as it is a mind-body exercise. Learn more about yoga here and watch how different yoga poses can help relieve stress.