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We view stress as an everyday feature of life. People often think if a person does not appear stressed or worried about something, then they’re not putting in effort or not working hard enough in their life.
But this is not 100% true, is it?
Stressing out over things is a normal part of life (to a certain extent of course, since too much of anything can turn out bad for you).
Believe it or not, there are two types of stress. Distress (bad stress) and Eustress (good stress).
Distress is the type of stress that promotes feelings of worry or anxiety. A long-term build-up of this type of stress can lead to depression or other mental conditions.
A long-term build-up of this type of stress can lead to depression or other mental conditions.
Whereas, Eustress is the type of stress that motivates you to do get things done.
For example, if you’re a student with exams coming up and if you fail you will repeat that year or unit.
Your determination to pass will motivate you to study or prepare notes because you don’t want to fail.
But even with there being two types, life overall can be stressful and sometimes it’s just good to take time out and regroup. Prepare to take on the oncoming week.
I would like to share some ways in which students or anyone can lower their stress levels and improve their state of mind and overall health
Cope with due dates, assignments, exams, kids, and work with these ideas.
1. Sleep: This is my favorite solution to deal with a stressful situation.
Sleeping is not only beneficial to rejuvenate our bodies at the end of the day, it’s also like an instant mediator between our problems.
It’s like you go to sleep and your problems are instantly put on hold.
It’s not a magic solution, it doesn’t make your problems disappear but when you wake up you’ll sure as heck feel better and prepared to conquer them.
2. Take a shower: Take a lukewarm shower and wash away the day.
3. Take a relaxing bath: Light candles put on music set the mood to relax.
4. Listen to music: Like I mentioned in another post of mine (which you can find here) music can really alter a person’s mood. So, if you want to relax just play an uplifting song or calming music.
5. Adult book coloring: This might seem a bit primary, but this method is not only fun and creative but it’s also very therapeutic.
The best part is you don’t have to be artistically gifted to get involved. The process alone is will claim your mind and make you more relaxed.
6. Workout: Working out can be anything, it doesn’t have to be this full-on workout session. A simple 5-10-minute activity will suffice.
Releasing that much-needed serotonin and endorphins. Whether it’s a short walk, having a mini dance party in your room, yoga etc. will make you more relaxed.
Truly laugh out loud as loud and much as you want. As the saying goes laughter is the best medicine. This is true especially when you’re stressed and feeling down in the dumps.
As a Uni student, it can get tough sometimes so try to smile more I often catch myself smiling (or even allowing laughter to escape) when I’m in my lectures or even the train.
The thing is at those times (the most random times if I may add), I’m usually remembering funny things that had happened.
I sometimes feel like people will look at me funny if I burst out with laughter but that’s alright.
I have no worries getting weird looks when I’m with my friends or cousins. When I’m with either of those groups I seriously laugh until I’m holding my stomach.
Also, because we don’t really take everything too seriously there’s never a dull moment, throw our imaginations on top of that we’ll be DWL dying with laughter.
Don’t take life so seriously that it prevents you from smiling or laughing every hour of the day, every day.
8. Hang out with friends: Your friends are there for you to make use of (I mean this in the best possible way) do not exploit or take your friends for granted.
All I’m saying is, as a friendship group, you all are supposed to 1: help each other and 2: be a group that allows each other to drop their guards and just chill.
The group of people your hangout should not add any more stress or worry onto your plate with all the others.
If being around friends creates more tension for you whenever you’re around them, rather than diffusing it, I reckon it’s time to find another clique.
9. Meditate: Calm your mind and just deeply relax. 5 minutes of meditation daily is very beneficial. It’ll make you calmer and more at peace.
10. Massage: You can either pay for a professional massage or you can just give yourself a message or maybe you can always ask someone else to message you.
By kneading your shoulders, where most of the tension lies can really help in decreasing stress levels. It’s still effective even if it’s just for 4 to 5 minutes of massaging
11. Aromatherapy: This is the mixture of essential oils or extracts that assist to heal the body. Mixing different kinds of essential oils have varying effects.
Diffusing lavender or chamomile essential oils in your home or promotes relaxation. Allowing you to relieve your worries simply by surrounding yourself in the aroma. I got my essential oils from Amazon which you can find here.
12. Acupressure: This is another form of therapy which basically means to manually apply pressure to specific points on the body to release tension.
For example, applying pressure on to your temples for about 20-second releases tension from that area and relieves headaches.
So, these are the suggestions on how to calm down and just lower stress levels.
Hopefully, these suggestions prove helpful and assist you in finding the perfect ritual to wind down.
Comment down how you relax 🙂