Get Enough Sleep -
Students, with their packed schedules, are notorious for missing sleep. Unfortunately, operating in a sleep-deprived state puts you at a distinct disadvantage.
Use Guided Imagery -
Visualizations can help you calm down, detach from what’s stressing you, and reduce your body’s stress response.
Exercise Regularly -
One of the healthiest ways to blow off steam is to get regular exercise. Research has found that students who participate in the regular physical activity report lower levels of perceived stress.
Take Calming Breaths -
When your body is experiencing a stress response, you’re often not thinking as clearly as you could be. You are also likely not breathing properly.
Practice Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) -
Another great stress reliever that can be used during tests, before bed, or at other times when stress has you physically wound up is progressive muscle relaxation (PMR).
Listen to Music -
A convenient stress reliever that has also shown many cognitive benefits, music can help relieve stress and calm yourself down or stimulate your mind depending on what you need at the moment.
Build Your Support Network -
Having emotional support can help create a protective buffer against stress. Unfortunately, interpersonal relationships can also sometimes be a source of anxiety for students.
Eat a Healthy Diet -
A healthy diet can help combat stress in several ways. Improving your diet can keep you from experiencing diet-related mood swings, lightheadedness, and more.
Find Ways to Minimize Stress -
One way to improve your ability to manage student stress is to look for ways you cut stress out of your life altogether. Evaluate the things that are bringing stress or anxiety into your life.
Try Mindfulness -
When you find yourself dealing with stress—whether it's due to academics, relationships, financial pressures, or social challenges—becoming more aware of how you feel in the moment may help you respond more effectively.
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