How to deal with stress

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Deep breathing slows your heart rate and helps calm you down. Photo from Creative Commons.

You’ve got projects to work on and deadlines to make, upcoming tests that you need to study for, and not enough hours in the day to do what you need to do. Cram sessions and copious amounts of stress are inevitable. During the semester it’s easy to get bogged down with the heavy load of coursework along with the other demands that we all have, such as jobs, family and friends. So how can you manage your stress without having a meltdown?

Here are a few techniques you can incorporate into your life to alleviate stress:

1) Deep breathing

If you can allocate 10-15 minutes of your day to focus on calming yourself and paying attention to your breathing, then this can go a long way towards helping reduce your stress levels. Find a quiet place in your room or somewhere on campus where you can be at peace with yourself and inhale deeply. Hold your breath for a few seconds, and exhale slowly. When you’re in your room you can try playing some serene, peaceful music to help soothe you. Continue to focus on your breathing and remember to inhale, hold and exhale deeply.

2) Yoga

Nothing makes you feel quite as good as a session of relaxing yoga. The stretching will soothe your muscles and the deep breathing will alleviate and calm you.

3) Passion flower or chamomile tea

Passion flower tea can be consumed as a tea or as a pill. Both herbs produce a tranquil effect on the body and are used to alleviate stress. You can purchase the herbal remedies in tea form at a local grocery store.

4) Laugh and be silly

Laughter is a great way to shake off stressful feelings. If you can meet up with some friends, let loose and laugh, it can go a long way toward improving your mood.

Remember some stress is good and a little bit of stress during the semester is inevitable, but it’s important to stay on top of it and be silly from time to time!