how to deal with stress
Before it takes over you
It happens to all of us, but instead of letting it hold us back, how do you push forward and overcome it?
It’s a lot simpler than it may seem.
Here are some tips, to manage your stress and not let it manage you.
1. Deep Breathing Exercises.
These are amazing, and once you get the hang of them they can literally calm you down so quick.
Exercise: Inhale for a count of four, and then exhale for a count of four (through your nose). You can do this anywhere, anytime you find yourself feeling overwhelmed. On the bus, in class, or even in the middle of a midterm! Deep breathing helps increase awareness and allows your body to enter a calm state.
2. Practice mindfulness
Being mindful helps to increase your awareness about how you’re feeling. It’s especially helpful when you’re feeling overwhelmed and your thoughts are everywhere.
Exercise: Wherever you are, take a moment and take a deep breath. Feel your body and say five things that you see around you, be aware of your surroundings. For example, I see the window, and the light shining through it. I see a door, I see a desk across for me, I see a plant, and I see the teacher sitting at her desk. Next close your eyes and take a deep breath, feel your body and say four things that you’re feeling. For example, if you are sitting on a chair, say how you feel your thigh touching the chair, feel your hands at your side, how they’re touching the chair and how they feel touching the sides of your body. Feel your feet on the ground. Next, with your eyes still closed take a deep breath. Name three things you hear around you. For example: I hear someone opening their binder, I hear the sound of paper being crinkled, and I hear someone’s shoes tapping on the ground as they walk. With your eyes still closed, name two things you smell around you. For example, I smell the stale smell of a classroom, and I smell the plant next to me. For the last one, with your eyes still closed, say one thing you love about yourself. Then open your eyes.
This exercise helps empty your mind from excessive and/or negative thoughts, and increases your awareness of yourself and the environment around you. When you open your eyes, your body is a little lighter, you feel calm and now you can tackle whatever it is you need to.
3. Take care of your body often, so it can take care of you
This is important, how can your body take care of you when it gets fed junk, or it doesn’t get enough sleep?
Drink water often: our body needs to stay hydrated; often that feeling of fatigue is a sign of your body not getting enough water.
Eat healthy: this means try incorporating more whole foods in your diet like nuts and seeds, fruits, and especially more leafy greens! They help lower cholesterol, they preserve vision help, and it helps fuel your body!
Your physical and mental health are important, and it's vital to remember to take care of both. Take care of your body, so it can take care of you.
Let us know in the comments below what helps you deal with stress?
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