By Zoe Taylor
Stress by definition is “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances”. Everyone is affected by stress at one time or another, and at times it can have a negative effect on either your work, your relationships or yourself.
Below are 7 effective ways to reduce stress.
1. Live in the now
Stress can often come down to the overwhelming feeling brought on by all the things you have to do this week/month/year. Stop thinking about what’s due next month, next week or even tomorrow! Think about what is important right now. What do you have to work on today? That’s what you should be focusing on. Forget all the other things for now, because they don’t matter just yet.
2. Snack smart
While you’re studying, don’t eat junk, eat fruit! It’s true that sugar boosts your energy, but before you jump for the obvious sources of sugar like lollies, reach for that banana with potassium that boosts your energy levels, or that apple that helps ‘keep the doctor away’. Whichever fruit you choose, know that it’s a much better alternative to lollies.
3. Light it up
No, not your work! Light a scented candle or burn incense to fill your study area with an aroma you love. This will improve your mood considerably, and in turn calm you down while you study.
4. Take up yoga
As well as helping with body strength, yoga helps you relax, and relieves tension and stress. Some of the simplest breathing exercises in yoga can be done at any time as well, so there’s no need to roll out the yoga mat in the middle of your study, unless you really want to of course!
5. Drink chamomile tea
Chamomile tea is very good for reducing stress, among other things. It has a calming effect, and is often used to help ease anxiety as well. It’s also good for fighting a cold, soothing an upset stomach or headache and even dental health!
6. Listen to music
Listening to your favourite song/album/artist can help with the reduction of stress, as it allows you to take your mind off the stressful situation, and instills happiness in you, because it’s something you enjoy.
7. Have a nap
Stressing out can make you tired. Have a nap for an hour or so, and you’ll wake up feeling relaxed, well rested, and in turn de-stressed!
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