HACKS TO MANAGE STRESS ACCORDING TO SCIENCE


With schools back and college & uni classes starting we prepare ourselves for a heck of a lot of stressful times that lie ahead.

Stress is an inevitable part of our lives, but being constantly stressed out isn’t. When you let stress take over, it throws you off track. The more stressed we are, the more vulnerable we could be. But the good new is, there are ways to cut your stress according to science. And you can’t argue with science right. 
1. Listen to relaxing music.
The key to managing stress? Chilling out while listening to soothing music. And it’s as effective as getting a massage! Research has revealed the benefits of having a massage are no greater than those of listening to soft, soothing music. If you're feeling frazzled, just listen to some tunes to calm yourself down. And incase you are in need, I have a couple playlists that you can try.

     

2. Start mediating.
A short meditation and sparing a moment to mindfulness can bring forth a change in your day. A study has shown that practicing mindfulness and meditation changes your brain chemistry and can increase your well-being and quality of life. So before going through your long list of tasks, take a moment to yourself and meditate. Really, try it. 


3. Cut caffein.
Caffeine triggers cortisol release, the infamous hormone your body releases when you're stressed out. Caffeine is also responsible for increase in anxiety and tension. Sure, a cup or two of coffee a day sounds great - especially if you have day ahead of classes and lectures - but not if it means subjecting your body into overdrive. Switch to decaf, you'll feel much better.

4. Laugh more.
It is true what they say about laughter being the best medicine. A short laugh has many great short-term effects such as soothing tension, activating and relieving your stress response, and stimulating many organs. So c’mone, smile and laugh, soon you'll feel your stress fade away.

5. Quit hitting snooze!
That extra 5 minutes in bed sure is tempting every morning, but newsflash: it doesn't really have any favourable effects to the amount of energy you have for the rest of the day. You will just end up rushing to complete your morning errands and soon enough, you'll regret even pressing the snooze button at the beginning.


6. Stop procrastinating.
Many of us students already start college or uni with a degree. A degree is procrastination. But when you put off doing the tasks you're anxious about, it will only make it harder to do them at a later date. It is best to get those things out the way to enable you to stay calm, collected and in control. 

7. Do some stretching and yoga.
Sitting at a desk for long periods can strain your body, especially your neck, shoulders and back. Relive those areas from the unnecessary tension by doing some light stretches and even some yoga workouts. By doing so loosens muscles and encourages deep breathing, helping to vanish stress.

8. Do a daily affirmation.
Devise an affirmation for yourself. It could be something as simple as “ I am thankful for today” or “I can handle this”. Researches have stated that self-affirmation helps lower baseline cortisol levels. They also contribute to having a positive sense of self that can be a vital resource is managing stress. So the next time you feel worn out, just repeat your mantra. 


6 comments:

  1. This was such an interesting read, great post!
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  2. This was a really great post and I've just downloaded the relax and unwind playlist on spotify! Going to start meditating as I do yoga quite a bit and it might be a nice change! x

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    1. A lecturer at uni has us doing meditation/mindfulness at the start of each class which was what got me into it 😂

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  3. Thanks for this! Really going to need some of these tips for when uni finally starts :) Though I think in general these are very good tips for me to remain calm and not stress out

    Lucy x
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  4. Thanks-a-mundo for the blog article.

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