3 simple ways to manage stress

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It’s inevitable that daily stressors can catch up with us. We tend to get anxious, caught up in the moment, and forget to settle down and breathe. But when daily stressors turn into legitimate stressors, like when finals comes around, our mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health takes individual tolls. We may not realize it at the time, but too much stress is detrimental in the long run to our bodies.

Here are 3 tips to keep you on the right track when you’ve just got too much on your plate:

1. Don’t take it out on your eating habits

Some people stress eat and totally binge, while others are too stressed out to eat at all. At the end of the day, food is what fuels us and ultimately keeps us running: literally and figuratively. In times of great stress, when we feel our bodies starting to succumb to outside pressures, it’s of the utmost importance to keep our bodies functioning optimally. A lot of stress is temporary, so why temporarily give up on healthy eating habits? 

2. Meditate. Seriously.

Meditation might be the simplest, yet most effective coping mechanism to deal with everything from stress to anxiety to concentration. Anxious about upcoming major life events? Having trouble focusing on the plethora of tasks at hand? Meditate. Breathe. Clear your headspace. If you have time, take 5 minutes. If you don’t have time, you should probably take 10 minutes instead. You’re never too busy to let your mind rest.

3. Do whatever you can to help yourself

Family and friends are SO beneficial during stressful times, but self-reliance is an art from in itself. You’re the one in control of your own body and mind, so do whatever you need to take care of yourself. Whether you have to squeeze in an hour long yoga session, or go to bed early despite missing out on social interactions, you have to do what’s most conducive to all aspects of your health. Feeling in control of how you cope with different stressors and not letting the petty things phase you ends up taking you a long way.

Whatever stress you’re dealing with, remember that even if it’s hard right now, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel. Friends are incredibly important. Family can help motivate you to maintain strength. So… go out there, do what you need to do, eat your veggies, and THRIVE!