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How to Control Stress
Nowadays, it seems like stress factors are everywhere. School projects, sports obligations, and annoying younger siblings can all contribute to how your body reacts to the world around you. But, even though this may be true, it’s important to realize that stress is a part of life. Imagine how Charlie Brown must have felt whenever Lucy would pull the football away from under him before he kicked it. Though stress is simply inevitable, the way it is handled can affect our bodies in negative or positive ways. Handling stress in dangerous and irresponsible ways can have negative repercussions. These repercussions can involve a poor immune system, failing grades, and even risky behavior. So, in order to avoid these negative outcomes, here is what you can do to dominate all the stress factors in your life.
1.) Make a list of what is stressing you out. Write everything down on a sheet of paper. By writing down all the things that are making you uneasy and tense, you are taking a step towards recognizing what is causing you tension. Recognizing what is causing you all this stress is important when taking the necessary steps possible to create valuable solutions.
2.) Learn how to use your time wisely and effectively. Learning the basics of time management can be an essential skill to any student. Whether you’re in middle school, high school, or even college, time management is crucial to academic success. By prioritizing all the things on your to-do list by order of importance, you can organize your thoughts. This process of metaphorically “organizing the stuff in your mind” will allow you to realize just how important it is to learn the basics of time management.
3.) Eat Healthy and Exercise. Believe it or not, getting enough exercise and eating the right things are essential to managing stress. Exercising is an excellent outlet for frustration. It takes you away from the distractions that life may bring you. Exercising and eating healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables instead of junk food is not only good for your body, but it is good for your brain as well. Go for a jog in the park, around your yard, or even join a sports team at your school. Staying active and making sure your body is taking in the right things can alleviate stress and make you feel more relieved.
4.) Take a brief moment to do something you enjoy. Partaking in something you really love doing for five minutes like a hobby, socializing with family and friends, or even doing a crossword are great ways to get your mind off the day’s hectic pressures. By indulging in something you deeply enjoy, you are making the statement that you enjoy time for yourself. This is yet another effective way to alleviate stress.
5.) Get enough sleep. Sleep is just as important as healthy eating and exercise. With all the distractions of social media, texting, and video games, it’s no surprise that most teens aren’t getting enough sleep. Getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night is fundamentally crucial to managing stress.
6.) Take a deep breath and count to ten. Believe it or not, this tip from your parents actually works. Taking slow and steady breaths for a brief period of time will allow you to take the time to slow down. Breathing in and out is a great method for gathering your thoughts and truly assessing any situation at hand.
In the end, you can’t let life’s pressures get the best of you. You’re going to be dealing with stress every day. Though stress is an inevitable part of life, you can take the crucial steps mentioned above to make a better life for yourself every day of the week.
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