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Mental Health Moment: Tips for managing stress
Whether you’re in school like we are, or working a full-time job, this time of year is stressful for everyone. While the holiday season is a time of happiness and love, it can also be a very stressful time. For students, we have to get through finals before we can even think about relaxing for the holidays. For the rest of the population, the holidays mean buying expensive presents, planning holiday parties, spending time with crazy relatives… the list just goes on.
All of these factors can really start to take a tole on our minds. I don’t know about you guys, but I definitely get stressed out at this time of year. That is why we decided to make a list of some of our favourite tools for dealing with stress.
1. Make a schedule Have you ever been so stressed out about all of the stuff you have to do that you couldn’t figure out what to do first? Ya, I think we’ve all been there. The number one thing that lowers my stress level, is writing everything down, and making a schedule. Your schedule can be as elaborate as planning out every hour of your day, or just writing a to do list. It is honestly so satisfying checking off boxes of things you need to do.
2. Meditate Being stressed causes our body to go into “fight or flight” mode, causing an increase in our heart rate, faster breather and an increase in blood pressure. Meditation allows us to put our body into an opposite state where we can focus our breathing, slow our heart rate and blood pressure.
A great app to help you learn how to meditate properly is Calm. Let me start by saying this is not a sponsorship or add, I just really like this app. I started using calm recently and it has definitely helped decrease my stress. It also has some really great sleep stories to help my fellow insomniacs.
3. Listen to music Music is a big part of my life, so I’ve always felt that music can help me deal with stress. But one day I wondered if there was any evidence to prove my little theory. Turns out, there is! There was a study that showed that surgical patients who listened to music before, during and after their operations were significantly less stressed. The patients said they felt much more calm. So if it works for people going into surgery, it should would for us uni students right? (picture)
4. Take some time for yourself Life is busy. There is school, work and bills to pay. Despite the craziness of life around us, taking some time off can seriously help you destress. We took a weekend off at a cabin by the lake the other weekend. There is no cell service up there and it was so nice to unplug from the world and recharge our minds. When we came back we were much happier and much less stressed. Now I know most people can’t afford a whole weekend or even a full day, but try to find at least half a day to unplug and spend some time in nature. It will seriously help!
With our busy schedules, we sometimes find it hard to find time to exercise. We get so stressed out that we don’t have time to exercise. BUT, studies show that exercising will actually help relieve some of your stress! Exercising releases endorphins, the ‘feel-good neurotransmitters’, takes your mind off of the stressors in your life and helps to improve your mood. So get moving! (picture)
We hope that these tips were helpful and that you can start to manage your stress! If you liked what you read head on over to our blog!