Sunday, April 19, 2015

How to Combat Stress

Heya everyone!

If you are like me, you may be with me in saying that it is a stressful time of the year.  With homework, numerous projects, exams, working, and all other various non-school related activities, it can really wear down on your body and your mind.  After many experiences with stress, I have learned a thing or two about relaxing, that I think may be helpful to some people.


1. Meditation/Prayer
Especially before bed, meditating &/or praying(if it's your thing) can be a great way to clear your mind/get your mind settled.  If you are like me and are not a meditation expert, there are lots of resources online.  I particularly like www.Calm.com (FREE) which includes soothing music, relaxing pictures, along with guided meditation by a women who has the most ~calm~ voice I've ever heard.  I have never felt so relaxed.  There are also TONS of meditation videos on YouTube that will do the trick as well. If you've never tried it, I highly recommend doing so; even 5 minutes a day can make such a huge difference!


2. Exercise
Any form of exercise you like is an awesome way to get the blood flowing and to get rid of extra stress.  That feeling of sweating out the stress is incredible and can really boost your mood and get rid of the negative energy.  Sometimes I just walk around in circles for 20 minutes and that's okay - it doesn't have to be running a marathon, any kind of exercise is better than nothing.


3. Writing
Even if you're not into writing per se, it can be a great tool in helping combat stress.  Writing things out whether it's a diary, poem, or fan fiction(no judgement) can be a great way to get all of your pent up emotions and to get your minds off reality...because who wants that...


4. Take care of yourself
This can mean a whole lot of things:  
Eat right.  As tempting as pizza and hamburgers sound everyday, it is not good for your body or your mind.  It can make you feel sluggish, tired, and generally like crap if you eat nothing but junk food.  Fruits and veggies are your friend.
Get enough sleep.  As difficult as this may sound, getting enough sleep is ACTUALLY good for you.  Who knew?!  Even though us internet people spend way too late at night surfing the good old web, it is important to put your laptop or phone down and get a good nights rest.  Good for your body and all that science-y stuff.
Hygiene.  Although you may not feel like there is enough time in the day, it is important to make sure to keep up your hygiene, including but not limited to showering, brushing your teeth, changing your clothes on a regular  basis ect.  Feeling clean makes you feel good. :D



5. Breathe
This one is almost too obvious I shouldn't even mention it, but often times when we are stressed we forget to BREATHE.  We need to breathe otherwise we would die and all of that stuff, so promise me that you will keep doing that.  I don't think I need to say anything else about this...

Do it with me now: Deep breath in........deep breath out.........


Do you feel relaxed yet???

               Stress can really wreck havoc, but just know that, with these tips, you can combat it.

You got it!

E

1 comment:

  1. I have been feeling very stressed lately so thank you for these tips. I will be sure to use them! :)

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