Life of a college student is as stressful as it is fun filled. Between homework, extra-curriculars, family, relationships, peer pressure and maintaining a social life they experience a lot of stress. But the problem is not that the youngsters today are under great deal of stress but that, that they fail to realize it. Moreover, they go on to brag about the lack of sleep they experience under tremendous pressure, the biggest signs of stress as if, it something to take pride in. Thus, instead of finding effective solutions to their problem of stress they go on to further aggravate it. Stress affects not just your academic performance but also your health. There are many diseases that take root in a student's body just because of unmanageable stress in their lives. Headaches, lack of sleep, lack of focus, stomachaches and many other such problems are the symptoms of rising stress levels in your body. Stress may have become a part and parcel of our daily lives but that doesn't mean that it's un-manageable. Here are some effective stress busters that can be easily adopted by college students to deal with their problem of rising stress levels.
The idea of exercising is some that almost every one runs away from. Well, apart from the select few who happen to be fitness freaks or the ones who are on the sports team. But no matter how much you dislike it, exercising is very good for your health. You need not necessarily join a gym or do yoga if you don't want to. Even a 45 min brisk walk once a day is quite helpful in refreshing both your mind and body. Another option is to join a sports team or a sports club in your area.
Another effective manner of dealing with stress is to listen to your favorite music. Music is well known to have deep effect on your emotions and even your body. Not every music is meant for every situation, there are some kind of songs that you like listening to when you are sad and some when you are happy. Which are not likely to change unless something drastic happens. You relate to different kinds of music in different emotional states. Some songs are very good stress busters but they might differ for different people. Usually fast music makes one feel more attentive, upbeat music more confident while slow tempo music works great to relieve yourself of stress.
Our eating habits also affect out stress levels. An increase in the intake of healthy food can do wonders to reduce the stress levels in your body. Experts have always been stated to have said that stress and nutrition are interlinked in many ways. For example, consider two students facing exactly similar levels of stress but one goes on to take a healthy balanced diet while the other takes to more intake of fast food. They both will experience a difference in their stress levels for one it would reduce remarkably while for the other it will go on to increase. Reducing intake of excess sugar while increasing the intake of fruits and vegetables also helps reduce stress levels in the body.
When burdened with too much work to do in too less an amount of time, sleep is the first to be sacrificed by majority of students. Most are of the belief that won't have any ill effects or serious consequences. Maybe not immediately but in the long run, lack of proper sleep is sure to cause many problems and lead to many diseases in your life. Sleep is essential human requirement. It helps our brain relax and refresh. Prolonged lack of sleep can also lead to high risk problems such as that of heart attacks, high blood pressure, diabetes and etc. Whereas having proper sleep makes you more productive, focused and attentive.
Laughter is one of the best medicines to fight the demon of stress in your life. Laughing makes your body enter into a relaxed zone as it releases into your system the endorphins that make your feel good. Look around your own self a person who is always smiling and enjoys even the smallest of the moments is always relaxed even in the most challenging and stressful of situations. Watch some good comedy movies, attend stand-up comedy shows in your town with friends, better try doing standup comedy yourself on open mic nights. You won't even realize how your mood changes in a positive manner as you share a laugh with a friend.
Harboring stress in your mind for long periods of time can harm both your mental and physical health. Stress can sabotage not just your academics but also your dreams and goals in life. But it can all be avoided if you are just a little more careful and learn to deal with stress related problems early on before they take deep root. Take some time to incorporate these stress busters in your life. You will feel more relaxed and balanced.
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