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how to reduce stress

Stress at university or high school is inevitable. It could be as simple as stressing because you don't know anyone in your course yet or an approaching deadline. And that is normal. Stress is the body's reaction to a challenge; its a part of us and we feel it when we are anxious or scared and can affect some people more than others. The statistics show that 20% of university students say they feel stressed “most of the time.” I have decided to write some tips on how to manage stress if you are a student; hopefully they will be helpful for some of you.


HOW TO TELL THAT YOU ARE STRESSED

Physical Symptoms

  • Headaches

  • Nausea

  • Trouble sleeping

  • Changes in Weight


Emotional Symptoms

  • Feeling sad or depressed

  • Feeling isolated

  • Tired

  • More pessimistic attitude

Behavioural Symptoms

  • Change in eating habits

  • Change in sleeping habits

  • Nail biting

  • Pacing



HOW TO RESPOND TO STRESS

Identify your stressors

The first step to managing your stress is identifying what things trigger you to feel that way. An easy way is to keep a journal where you write how you feel and this will help you to notice what makes you react in that way. Another way is to monitor your behaviour. Did you raise your voice on someone, do you get hot and your palms are getting sweaty? These are just a couple of examples to identify when you are getting stressed.


Get enough sleep

Getting enough sleep is super important. It has been stated that a healthy young adult should be getting between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a day. If you have to get up early in the morning, make sure that you have an early night the day before so you can get enough sleep and feel rested the next morning.


Exercise and healthy eating

Exercising and eating healthy can make you feel so much better about yourself. This doesn't mean that you have to go to the gym every day. A simple cardio workout or a 20 minute job outside is enough to keep you going. Making sure that you eat healthy and get your five a day is also vital. A healthy body = a healthy mind.


Learn how to relax

If you are feeling stressed in any way, it is important that you figure out a way to relax. You have to remember that everyone has a different method of relaxation so what works for them might not work for you. You can try taking deep breaths, listening to soothing music, taking a long bath, meditating, reading or writing. These are just a couple of ways in which you can relax.




Tell someone

Don't keep it all inside. This doesn't mean that you should go ahead and tell everyone you talk to that you are stressed. Tell your close friend, your parent or your partner. If you do not wish to talk to them about this particular subject or you feel like they cannot really help, go and talk to your tutors. If you are stressed and afraid that you won't meet your deadline go ahead and tell your tutors. They might be able to give you an extension or extra lessons where they help you with your work.

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