SEE Tip from PEEPs: Combat stress with exercise and other healthy behaviors
What exactly is stress?
Stress is a response to a demand that’s been placed upon you, whether it’s related to school, work, relationships, or anything else going in your life. It can certainly help you accomplish tasks and meet challenges, but when stress doesn't subside, it can harm you both physically and mentally.
How can you relieve stress?
There are many ways to manage stress! Here are some suggestions:
Healthy diet: Make sure you’re eating well and getting all the nutrients you need. Eating junk food may help you feel better temporarily, but healthy foods are better for your body and will keep you happier in the long run.
Exercise: Engaging in physical activity can be an immediate stress reliever and help you manage stress in the long run too. Try to aim for 30 minutes a day, but if you can’t get to the gym or go outside, even a few minutes of exercises like lunges, crunches, and push-ups will help you feel more relaxed.
Sleep: Try to get the recommended 8 hours of sleep a day. In order to be at your best, you need to get adequate amounts of sleep. Even a quick nap during the day can help you feel more rested and better able to concentrate.
Socializing: Having healthy relationships is key to helping with stress. Try to make time to hang out with friends or talk on the phone with family members. They can help take your mind off of whatever is stressing you out, or they are there to listen if you need to talk about it.
Relaxation techniques: Last but not least, there are tried and true methods to manage stress. These include meditation, deep breathing, and visualization. This website explains how to do each of the techniques: https://www.uhs.uga.edu/stress/relax.html. You’ll be surprised at how even doing them once a day makes you feel more relaxed!
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Mellow Out Monday: Some days the stress we feel can be overwhelming and leave us feeling like we don't know what to do about it. Try to be prepared for these kind of days (we all have them) and have a list of things you like to do to reduce your stress ready for you to choose from. One thing that is on most people's lists of stress relievers is exercise, but try and be specific. Maybe it's zoning out with a new playlist on the treadmill, or meeting up with a friend who you can vent to while you go for a walk around campus. Find options that work for you, and then have the list ready for those moments when you need it.
Another thing on your list can always be Stressbusters! If you're feeling stressed, be sure to stop by Q level in the MSE for a FREE backrub from Stressbusters from 8-10pm tonight.