Written by Kashvi Tiwari
I think it’s safe to say most of us are stressed. Whether it be because of the ever present pandemic, the holiday season, friends, or school, we all have a lot to be stressed about. But that doesn't mean we should drown in our worries. That’s where this article comes in! Here, I’ll go through 5 different, flexible coping strategies that you can utilize and adapt to your needs.
Okay, I know you’ve probably heard this one before and might be rolling your eyes, but hear me out. Regular exercise has many psychological and physiological benefits- it stabilizes your nervous system, increases blood circulation, and stops stress at the source by cycling stress hormones out of your bloodstream. And you don’t even need to do too much to reap the benefits- a 10-15 min walk is enough to do wonders. Just remember, the key thing here is to be consistent with your exercise; make sure you make yourself a routine that is manageable for your daily life.
I know, this tip is easier said than done, but a well balanced diet has benefits beyond stress reduction. Breakfast especially is crucial to a healthy/well functioning body, so if you’re someone who skips breakfast, it’s time to curb that habit. Incorporate organic fruits and vegetables into your diet and avoid caffeine, processed food, sugar, and alcohol. While these foods might make you feel relaxed in the short run, in the long run they increase the uptake of stress hormones and don’t properly nourish your body. Remember, if you eat bad food, you’ll feel bad.