STUDENT LIFE / AUG. 24, 2014
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8 Ways to Remain Stress-free at School This Year

Did you know that it’s back to school?

That has been the message for the last little while now as advertisements and constant reminders are plastered on the Internet, radio and television, at the movie theatre and on buses, trams and subways. It’s a little notification that many children, teenagers and college-age students, many of which still yearn for the days of July.

Well, it’s time to sharpen your pencils, grab your backpack, listen to your teachers and spend your weeknights cramming for tests and exams. Not only is this definitely time-consuming, but it also causes a great amount of stress for students, which can then lead to problems at school and health issues.

“The human body is designed to experience stress and react to it. Stress can be positive, keeping us alert and ready to avoid danger,” WebMD stated in its report on stress and its effect on health. “Stress becomes negative when a person faces continuous challenges without relief or relaxation between challenges. As a result, the person becomes overworked and stress-related tension builds.”

Although grades are important, your health is far more imperative. This is why you should incorporate these stress-free tips into your lifestyle between now and at the end of the school year. Your body will certainly thank you for the consideration.

Here are eight ways to remain stress-free at school this year:

Schedule

Establishing a schedule is one of the best routes to take to completely avoid stress. Without a proper schedule, we become inundated with workloads, overloaded with assignments and lose track of time. A schedule can allow students to spend time with friends, spend time to study and spend time to perhaps work at a part-time job.

Downtime

When school becomes too much to handle, it’s important to have some downtime for yourself so you can relax your mind and body. This means that you should have a day where you can get some rest, get organized for the upcoming week and just have you time. Of course, this should be created on a day where there isn’t much to do (I.E. no assignments, no exams, no school activities).

Nap

If the day has metastasized then lock yourself in your room and take a quick nap. A catnip should be anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes, any longer than that will hinder you for the rest of the day and perhaps diminish the quality of your night sleep. A fast nap can rejuvenate and energize you to get stuff done.

Be clean

Waking up in the morning can be just as difficult as defeating Garry Kasparov at chess. However, one of the best methods to start your morning is to take a shower. Being clean can make you feel better about yourself and give you that much needed enthusiasm in the morning. Also, wear clean clothes, wash your hands throughout the day and tidy your room, backpack or locker.

Stretch (or yoga)

Too much stress can cause our back to be hunched, our head to ache and our bones to hurt. One way to alleviate this pain is to spend a few minutes stretching or partaking in some yoga poses. This not only remedies the stress but can also improve your overall health. For some good stretching exercises check this infographic out.

Snacks and water

No, this doesn’t mean to sit down and start binging on chips, soda and cookies. Power snacks can assist in revitalizing your day and even enhancing your diet. Take a moment out of your busy afternoon and drink a bottle of cold water and consume some smart snacks, such as nuts, vegetables, fruit, yogurt and hummus.

Take a deep breath...

We breathe all day, but we never take deep breaths. Studies have found that regularly taking deep breaths can perk up your respiratory, circulation, immune and nervous systems while also calming your anxiety and stress levels. You don’t have to spend an hour in a reclusive state. Instead, just stand up, find a space to be alone and take a couple of deep breaths.

Affirmation

School can be hard, but it isn’t all that bad. Just think how other people have it worse – remember, some kids in parts of Africa and Asia can’t even attend elementary, secondary or post-secondary institutions. When your day is stressed just think to yourself that it could be a lot worse. Smile, stand straight and be happy that you’re investing in yourself for a brighter future.

Stress isn’t a foreign concept. Everyone experiences stress on a monthly basis, but if you can cope then you can overcome any type of hurdle in life. Don’t take life or yourself too seriously, have fun at school and be prepared. These years will go by in a flash.

How do you free yourself from stress at school? Let us know in the comment section.

Photo by English106 via Flickr.

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