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Tips of the Week - February 6, 2014
Ten Ways to De-stress
by Lauren Duffy (Communication & Journalism '14)
It is important to remember that stress is not good for your body and your health. It can make you sleep restlessly or not at all, it can hinder your immune system, it can increase blood pressure, it can negatively impact your mental health, and it can give you aches and pains. It is important to put in the effort to de-stress yourself when you begin to feel a little anxious for any reason.
“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” – Jim Goodwin
- Take a deep breath – Slow, deep breaths can help the body relax. Inhale through your nose and exhale out through your mouth.
- Take a time-out – Sometimes you just need to step away from what is inducing your stress in order for your body to calm down.
- Exercise – Do a low to moderate work out to relax. A high intensity one can fatigue the body and induce more stress, but a light one will help you relax and cheer up.
- Do Yoga – Yoga is a proven de-stressing activity.
- Go into the natural light – Expose your eyes to natural light to remind your body that it is daytime. Our brains get confused when they don’t know what time it is.
- Make a list – Sometimes seeing the work you need to get done or the things that are stressing you out in a list can help
- Eat fish, almonds, or blueberries – these superfoods can help reduce your stress levels.
- Drink green tea – The tea is soothing and has amino acids that calm.
- Listen to your favorite music – Music can be very therapeutic and can help cheer you up and calm you down.
- Examine your stress – Is it worth being stressed about?
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