Anti-Stress Tips for the Fall Semester

Western medicine tends to fix problems or ailments after they have already manifested in your mind or body. Try to focus on stress management and preventions before it consumes you this semester. By identifying the problems that create stress and learning to manage them correctly, you can begin to reduce stress levels and lesson its impact on mental health. Needless to say your lifestyle is a major factor on stress. Try practicing meditation, breath-work, or yoga to gain perspective and control over your emotions. Try cognitive behavior therapy as well, this stress management mechanism focuses on redirecting your thought processes away from the worries you cannot control and learning to address them with healthy coping skills.

Make sure you get at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day in order to lower stress hormones, this also allows your body to release mood-boosting neurotransmitters. Although cramming for papers, projects, and exams leave us to do our best on sleepless nights try to avoid an access amount of stimulants such as caffeine, this tends to exacerbate nervousness and worry. Have limits for yourself, if you are asked to take on too many tasks say no and don’t carry around the guilt. Although your schedules are more than hectic try to find 20-30 minutes a day of “you” time this semester, your sanity will thank you. Also, laugh it off! This is one of the most effective ways to reduce stress!

If you build a positive support system it will not only make studying more fun but It will help reduce stress as well. By simply making a mental list of things that create stress in your life can help you identify and avoid common stress’s.

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