Posts for the Topic Stress

Take time for yourself this winter break

Words in cursive: Take care of yourself

You’ve no doubt been busy for the last couple of weeks with exams to study for and end of term projects. The break is just around the corner which will bring with it some much needed time for rest.

Strategies to minimize exam stress

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It can be easy to feel stressed during exam season. It can manifest in many different ways including muscle tension, headaches, upset stomach, trouble sleeping, and just generally feeling overwhelmed. Different people feel stress around exam season for a variety of reasons including worrying about possible failure, not feeling prepared, feeling pressure from family, feeling like you have to compete with your peers, or having other life-events or difficulties happening at the same time as exams. Whatever the symptoms or reasons there are some simple strategies you can do to help minimize some of the stress.

How to identify the symptoms of stress and strategies to manage it

Tea

Stress is the wear and tear our bodies experience as we adjust to our changing environment. In life, we can’t avoid all stress, so our goal is not to eliminate stress but learn how to manage it. Ideally, you’ll find your optimal level of stress that will motivate you instead of overwhelming you.

What are the sources of stress?

How to use simple strategies to reduce anxiety

students walking through campus

Think about a time in your life that something good happened. It could be a birthday or a vacation, a fun time out with friends or family, or maybe just a time you felt truly relaxed and at ease. Focus your mind on that experience for a moment. Try to relive that moment using all of your senses:

Healthy eating during stressful times

Healthy meal

Our need for nutrients actually increases during periods of stress. Ironically, this is the time when many people choose less nutritious foods. If you skip meals or rely on processed or fast foods instead of a balanced diet, your nutrient needs will not be met. Research links diets low in nutrients to an increased risk of depression and anxiety. Choosing nutritious foods and eating regular meals can improve your mood, enhance your energy and immune system and make it easier to manage stress.

Seven relaxation techniques

Knitting and Knitting Needles

With all the competing priorities in your life, it can be difficult to set aside time for yourself. But getting small pockets of relaxation as often as possible can help you in the long run, increasing focus and reducing the risk of burnout. The key is to practice your relaxation in ways that fit into your busy schedule and don’t interfere with your ability to get things done. So, what are some productive relaxation strategies you can use? See our ideas below:

Guided relaxation or meditation

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