Stress Relievers

Stress Relievers

Ayiesha Perdomo, Impact Staff

Ok your going threw it now; Midterms now finals later, its coming and your starting to panic, shut down, wondering how in the hell will you ever manage to overcome this pile of work and exams.

Stress is a normal part of everyday life, but too much stress, however, begins to interfere with your functioning.

“What people do not understand is that stress levels tend to build over time, and chronic high levels of stress can lead to a condition called overstress”. Said’s Dr. Nakamora

When not managed well, overstress can result in physical illness as well as anxiety and depression. Therefore, learning how to manage your stress levels preferably, before it getting out of control is vital for maintaining your health and overall well-being.

Most of you may wonder well how do you know if your stress-level is over the top? Well there are stress tests available but before going threw extremes, observe yourself, try to identify any changes throughout your body.

Different levels of stress response differently, you can go and break out with a bad case of acne for a month or two, women can skip a beat with their menstrual causing it become irregular. You may also experience irregular bowl movement causing you to become constipated, there are so many other ways to observe and identify your body changing or going under stress, Dr. Nakamora addresses.

The first thing you should consider is managing your time. If you are stressed because you are feeling overwhelmed by everything you have to get done, prioritize yourself.

There are various documents and calendars with tips on creating schedules; planners that are perfect for creating a set schedule on what will you tackle next.

You may not like to hear this but the name of the game is YOU and it is WHATEVER works for you.

Thinking twice about taking on any new or extra responsibilities. “Maybe thinking about saying “no” more often” laugh’s Dr. Nakamora

You may also have to consider changing your actual stress load by dropping a class or reduce your work hours. Postpone any major changes, such starting a new job, moving to a new apartment.

Set both long and short-term goals to live by religiously. Brainstorm as many things you can think of, whether short- or long-term.  For example, short-term; “I want to get an A in MATH,” and long-term would be something along the lines to graduating on time, and wanting to study abroad next year.

Take care of your physical needs, invest in purchasing multivitamin and mineral preparation; change your diet, eat more fruits and vegetables; limit alcohol intake!

Exercises regularly, aim for at least twenty minutes three times a week; ideally, include both aerobic and strength training.

Regulate your sleeping schedule, avoid quick time changes to your sleep schedule; and sleep 7-8 hours per night.

Read something just for fun, nothing school related!

Engage in arts and crafts or other hobbies, you need something to keep you sane. Listen to music, sing, or go dancing.

We live in a world where our society solemnly relies on techqnology, especially our generation. No problem that’s why there’s an app for everything. Purchase or download a free app that includes learning diaphragmatic breathing. Get an app that provides strategies, tips on stopping stress both now and in the future.

Remember that mid-term or final is going to come anyway whether you like it or not. The question is what are you going to do to nip it in the butt and not let it interfere with your regular life.