By Claire Vaughn
Everybody gets stressed at one time or another. Sometimes, stress can even make you feel physically exhausted. Stress can be a good thing, as it can help you stay on track and finish what needs to be completed. But, staying too stressed for too long can cause health problems, both physically and mentally. There are, however, some tips and tricks to feel better and stress less.
Sleep is so important to for our bodies to relax and re-boost. Many people think they are getting enough sleep and yet probably aren’t. In fact, just because you’re laying in bed looking at your phone, that doesn’t as count quality sleep hours. It is important to sleep enough at night. Naps are okay but really should only be taken if necessary. Your body should get enough sleep at night to take on the day tomorrow.
Okay, I know this is really difficult. Everybody loves coffee and Starbucks, I get it. But, often, caffeine can make people jittery. And when you’re already stressed from homework, caffeine can actually enhance this stress, sometimes contributing to a panic attack. To avoid the jittery feeling that coffee gives, try drinking more tea. Green tea has almost the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee but has an amino acid (L-Theanine) that actually has a calming effect. That way, you get your morning pick-me-up without the afternoon jitters.
Working out is probably one of the best things you could do for your body. When you workout, your body releases endorphins which boost your mood. When you exercise, you are also releasing built up energy and tension. It also gives you a break from studying for a bit. Releasing that tension from the day can make you feel a hundred times better and more relaxed after the workout.
Taking time for yourself is important. You should take a break for a short amount of time every day to focus on yourself. You can do whatever you want for maybe an hour or thirty minutes. Maybe try some yoga, catch up on your Netflix shows, listen to some music, anything. Try completing a small task like painting your nails or reading a chapter of your favorite book. This way, you’re not taking too much time out of your day to avoid the things you need to get done. But, instead, you are taking a little bit of time to recoup. By painting your nails or completing a simple task, you should feel accomplished and relaxed. This should reduce some stress and get you ready to focus again.
There are a lot of elements that trigger stress- hopefully these few tips can help you tranquilize.