Can you believe that it’s already that time of year? You’ve made it past midterms and it’s time to head home for a few days of R&R. You should enjoy this break and valuable time with friends and family – you deserve it! Make sure that you’re making decisions that benefit you. Consider these tips when heading home for your turkey dinner:
The days preceding Thanksgiving are some of the most popular days to travel out of the entire year. Will you be on the road? Make sure that you use all of the safe strategies that you know. That means wearing your seatbelt, staying within the speed limit (or below if the roads are wet or slippery), and NOT TEXTING WHILE DRIVING!
Reunited & its feels so good.
What comes to mind when you think of the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving in your hometown? For many, high school friends reunite and celebrate a few days of no class, good food, and fun company. However, just as you need to be safe when you’re at school, you need to be safe when you’re home too. If you choose to drink, limit your intake. If you are out with friends, make sure that you have a SAFE and dependable ride home.
Stuffing, cakes, and pies… oh my! There is nothing wrong with splurging on a few of Grandma’s famous cookies, but be conscious of what – and how much – you’re putting into your body. Remember, the foods that you eat directly affect your daily performance. Think about the consequences of overeating on Thanksgiving. Will the sugar crash from that second piece of pie make you too groggy to spend time with your family? Will the excess carbohydrates in all that stuffing make you feel badly about yourself? If you have all of that eggnog, are you still going to be up for catching up on homework?
You know what you need to do – or to avoid doing – in order to have a terrific Thanksgiving break. By being mindful of the choices that you make, you are much more likely to enjoy your time off!
Peer Educator Alert: The Stress Free Zone is coming! Stop by Weygand 1047 and 1048 on December 2nd -5th and 8th -9th to participate in fun and relaxing DISNEY themed activities! Check out Outreach Education’s Facebook page for more details.
“AHHHHHHH, I am going to go insane! Why do professors have to give 2 projects, 4 exams and a 15 page paper all due within a few days of each other? It’s like they think we aren’t taking other classes or aren’t involved in anything on campus! Ugh… good bye, social life. Hello, all-nighters.”
Sound familiar? Stress seems to be an overwhelming presence that can be pushed to the side or ignored, but is constantly there. The question is… is this daily stress normal?
Stress comes from our “fight or flight” basic survival instinct, which is designed to help us manage a threatening situation. However, the daily stress we experience here in 2014 actually acts as a source of wear and tear on both the body and mind. Experiencing low-grade ongoing stress causes the chemicals in our bodies to become out of whack and can lead to increased risk of anxiety, depression, dementia and Alzheimer. So, I bet your feeling completely and totally relaxed now, huh?
Well, no worries! There is good news ahead! Research has shown that it is possible to reduce stress and improve brain health with JUST 20 minutes of relaxation a day. Now 20 minutes is not a lot of time to give up in order to improve your overall health and combat some of the negative effects of stress. So why don’t you take the leap and try to bring some relaxation into your life?
7 Tips and Tricks to reducing stress quickly:
- Deep Breathing: this tip is easy to do no matter where you are. All you need is a few minutes to just close your eyes, breathe deeply, and count down slowly.
- Be physically active: Finding time to go to the gym can be tough. So if that doesn’t work for you, then there are other ways of being physically active. Try taking a nature walk, doing a 10 minute workout in your room as you watch TV, or start taking the stairs instead of the elevators whenever you’re in a building.
- Mediation, Yoga and Ti Chi
- Eat a healthy well balanced diet: this may seem hard to do if you’re living at school, but try the simple trick of switching out a dessert item or soda for water and a fruit or veggie every few meals.
- SLEEP (6-8 hours): Have you ever just had a bad day, gone to bed and noticed everything seemed better when you woke up? Sleep is important to brain health and function. If you’re not getting enough sleep, things tend to seem more overwhelming and stressful. If you just can’t seem to find the time to get enough sleep at night, try to nap during the day.
- Limit Alcohol Consumption: Alcohol is a depressant and stops normal sleeping patterns from occurring. So when you’re stressed, try not to drink alcohol. It really won’t make anything better.
- Do something that makes you happy: Try to take 20 minutes a day to just participate in an activity, hobby, or experience that makes you smile. Pursuing something you love is a great way to reduce stress. Especially if it’s on the imaginative or creative side, like music or art.
You got this, BSU! I believe in you! You can beat this stress and have fun doing it! Remember, it only takes 20 minutes to make your life a little bit better and healthier! I think that’s time we can all give up.