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  • Ohoh! It's all so overwhelming and stressful!

  • But who has time to relieve stress when it's constantly building and building?

  • Well, we hope you do because studies have shown that too much stress leads to headaches, higher blood pressure, an upset stomach, memory loss, disrupted sleep, and increase risk for heart attacks.

  • Stress does a number on your mind and body.

  • Training your immune system, and messing with your ability to concentrate.

  • Having 10 sore muscles, shallow breaths, increased heart rate.

  • these are all signs that you might be too stressed out.

  • Hey, we all know that you can't take fewer classes.

  • You can't quit the track team, or resign from student government, we get it.

  • But here are a few tips that will help you feel calmer inside when your outside life gets too hectic.

  • One: Stay in and recuperate.

  • When stressed, you might feel the need to tackle everything on your to-do-list all at once.

  • But that sets you up for burnout and failure.

  • Instead, find a simple routine tasks to complete at home like doing the dishes or vacuuming.

  • Studies show that completing a repetitive task allows your brain to pare down and focus.

  • The perfect cure free worries scattered mind.

  • After you finish cleaning your house, clean yourself!

  • Yes, we wrote that clean yourself!

  • Because a warm bath or hot shower will boost your mood!

  • Studies have shown that the sensation of warm water triggers responses in the body and brain similar to those triggered by emotional warmth.

  • So think of your next shower like a soothing liquid hug.

  • If you find stress keeping you up all night, try progressive muscle relaxation just before bed.

  • That is a fancy way to describe clenching up every muscles in your body for a few seconds, and then letting go.

  • Lie on your back and start with your forehead continuing through your tummy down through your thighs and finally your little toes.

  • Repeat as needed until every muscle is complete relaxed.

  • Then, sleep like a baby.

  • Two: Get out for good vibes!

  • Ommm

  • Downward doggy paddle your way through stress.

  • The spiritual mantra used in yoga and meditation help focus the mind and stave off feelings of anxiety.

  • Yoga not for you?

  • That's okay!

  • Go outside for a good dose of natural light and a little jog.

  • Exercise lessens anxiety and helps maintain feelings of calm, even in the face of distressing events.

  • Hey, leave the headphones behind.

  • All the distracting chatter from those texts and emails and tweets can wait.

  • And hey, instead of texting, emailing, or tweeting your best friend, why don't you guys just meet up and get in a good laugh.

  • Because laughter injects a surge of endorphins into the body, which creates feelings of happiness and euphoria, which is why you like them so much.

  • Three: here's the best one, treat yourself to something yummy.

  • Hmmm, chocolate.

  • Alright, look! We're not condoning emotional eating, because that's a whole other thing.

  • but there are treats that you can keep handy, that will improve your mood, like dark chocolate.

  • Certain chemicals in chocolate help relax the blood vessels, which reduces blood pressure.

  • You can also appeal to your sense of smell for relaxation.

  • The aromas of spearmint and lavender have proven destressing effects.

  • So go buy a lavender scented candle or pick up some spearmint tea.

  • Take a moment to yourself and breathe in the goodness.

  • There you have it WellCasters.

  • Our quick tips for stress relief.

  • You're gonna have to anticipate that life will be filled with ups and downs.

  • So when the challenges do come, you can take comfort now and knowing that there's a warm shower just on the other side of your bathroom, or a delicious piece of chocolate stashed in your bag so youll eat.

  • Be sure to incorporate stress relief strategies into your daily routine.

  • Make them as essential as breathing in through your nose and now through your mouth.

  • Well, that’s all from me today WellCasters.

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