I know for me the end of the semester is the most stressful. It seems like teachers discuss when to make everything due so all the students are on the verge of breaking or at least pulling out their hair. I’ve learned through my college experience time management is key. Unfortunately, for me and a few others in the College of Business lately time management is obsolete. Once you finish one assignment or test the next day something even more important is due. So I thought now would be a good time for some stress management tips. 

1.      Eat Right

Stress levels and a proper diet are closely related. Unfortunately, it’s when we have the most work that we forget to eat well and, instead, resort to using sugary, fatty snack foods as a pick-me-up. Try to avoid the vending machine and plan ahead. Fruits and vegetables are always good, as is fish with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce the symptoms of stress. A tuna sandwich really is brain food. Visit Heathy Eating Learning Center for some recipes.

2.  Talk your self through it

Sometimes calling a friend is not an option. If this is the case, talking to yourself can be the next best thing to avoid wigging out. Don’t worry about seeming crazy, just tell yourself why you’re stressed out, what you have to do to complete the task at hand, and most importantly, that everything will be okay (trust us, it will be).

3. Breath Easy

The advice “take a deep breath” may seem like a cliché, but it holds real truth when it comes to stress. For centuries, Buddhist monks have been conscious of deliberate breathing during meditation. For an easy three- to five-minute exercise, sit up in your chair with your feet flat on the floor and hands on top of your knees. Breathe in and out slowly and deeply, concentrating on your lungs as they expand fully in your chest. While shallow breathing causes stress, deep breathing oxygenates your blood, helps center your body, and clears your mind.

4. Laugh it off

Laughter releases endorphins that improve mood and decrease levels of the stress-causing hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Laughing tricks our nervous system into making us happy. Unfortunately, bursting into a fit of giggles at your desk may not be the most appropriate way to deal with stress.

5. Try Tea

I rely on the stimulating effects of coffee as much as the next guy, it is important to note that caffeine does blood pressure and causes your hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis to go into overdrive. In other words, caffeine stresses you out. Instead of coffee or energy drinks, try green tea. It has less than half the caffeine of coffee and contains healthy antioxidants, as well as theanine—an amino acid that has a calming and soothing effect on the nervous system.

6. Be mindful

While most of the tips I’ve suggested provide immediate relief, there are also many lifestyle changes that can be more effective in the long run. The concept of “mindfulness” is a large part of meditative and somatic approaches to mental health and has become en vogue in psychotherapy. From yoga and tai chi to meditation and Pilates, these systems of mindfulness incorporate physical and mental exercises that prevent stress from becoming a problem in the first place. Try joining a class—many are free to try on the first day.

7. Excersie as often as you can

Exercise doesn’t necessarily mean power lifting at the gym or training for a marathon. Go on a short walk or simply standing up to stretch during a break can offer immediate relief in a stressful situation. Getting your blood moving releases endorphins and can improve your mood almost instantaneously.

8. Sleep Better

Everyone knows stress can cause you to lose sleep. Unfortunately, lack of sleep is also a key cause of stress. This vicious cycle causes the brain and body to get out of whack and only gets worse and worse with time. Make it a point to get the doctor-recommended seven to eight hours of sleep. Turn the TV off earlier, manage your time, and do your best to get into bed.

9.  Have a positive attitude

Having a more positive attitude always help. Just keep an open mind and think you only have a few more weeks of school left. So finish strong and have a positive attitude.

10. Accept that there are events that you cannot control

Somethings you can just not control. No matter how hard you study or try somethings you just need to accept that you did your best and thats the best you can do.

I hope this helps.

Always,

Teryn

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