Tips to manage stress

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Understanding 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 it exciting.

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...

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!
Deep Breathing & Meditation

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.
Yoga & Exercise

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.