Stress Reduction

by Sara Waldron on May 2, 2017

Why is it important to reduce my stress levels during finals?

reduce stress pic 3Stress levels typically are very high during finals at the end of the semester. You may find it difficult to manage your stress when everything seems due at once. Although, it’s important to reduce everyday stress in your life to maintain your overall health. Reducing stress can improve your mood, increase your productivity, promote longevity, and boost your immune system. When you become too stressed your risk for developing a range of illnesses increases. Stress is a natural response activated in the brain that can seriously impact your well-being.

Why should I learn to manage my stress?

We are all familiar with stress, especially as college students. With our fast paced and demanding lives, it can seem quite difficult sometimes to balance everything. When we are faced with overwhelming demands, our stress response is triggered. The demands we face can be big or small but it’s the value we attach to them that influences the impact on our stress levels. Any prolonged exposure to these stressful reactions can significantly impact our physical, mental, and emotional health. One of the most important coping skills we can learn is to manage stress in our everyday life.

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  1. Meditate. A few minutes of meditation per day can help lower anxiety. Try sitting up straight with both feet on the floor with your eyes closed. Focus on your breathing or repeat a positive saying to yourself. Try to let any distracting thoughts float away.
  2. Breathe Deeply. It can be helpful to take a five minute break and focus on your breathing. Close your eyes and place your hands on your belly. Slowly inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth.
  3. Be Present in the Moment. It’s important to slow down throughout the day to be aware. When you are walking outside focus on how the air or sun feels on your face or relish the taste and texture of each bite of food. You may feel less tense when you focus on your senses.
  4. Reach Out in Your Social Circle. Your social network can be vital to help you handle stress. Talk to someone, preferably face to face to get a fresh perspective on the events in your life. Take time out of your busy day to get a coffee or have a meal with a friend to relax and keep your personal connection strong.
  5. Be Active. Any form of exercise can ease depression and anxiety by increasing the amount of endorphins released. Any physical activity can also lower stress levels while providing more energy throughout the day. Take a break from studying to go for a walk or a run to become more productive during the day.

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Sub heading: Try following some of these tips to help reduce your stress levels during finals. Like the BSU Outreach Education page on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bsuoutreach, and check out our calendar for upcoming events on the Involvement Network.

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