Reducing Stress – Improving Wellness

stress-management

Stress can have many negative effects of your overall wellness. Luckily, there are many effective ways to reduce stress:

  • Deep Breathing 
    • How it works: stress is a physical reaction in your body. Taking a few deep breaths can calm your body and deal with the stressful situation more effectively.
  • Exercise
    • How it works: exercise can help you burn off some energy generated by your stress response and produce endorphins to improve your mood.
  • Establish a sleep routine
    • How it works: as students, many of us are not getting enough sleep. Sleep deprivation itself can be a source of stress. Getting to bed at the same time each week can help your body maintain its internal clock, making falling asleep easier.
  • Make a schedule
    • How it works: setting priorities and scheduling in tasks can help you feel a greater sense of control and manage your time effectively.
  • Socialize
    • How it works: research shows that spending time with increases levels of a hormone called oxytocin. Oxytocin activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps us relax. And, its fun!

Everyone is different, so try some of these techniques out to find what works for you. It can seem overwhelming to add another thing to your already busy schedule, especially as we approach midterms. However, trying even one of these strategies may actually help you reduce your stress and improve your wellness!

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