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Tips and tricks for managing stress

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Following the implementation of online classes, many students find themselves overwhelmed and struggling to adapt to the new learning environment. For some, the chaos of this year’s events, such as the pandemic, social justice movements, and the recent election, have been sources of stress and anxiety. Here are some methods on how to manage stress instantaneously. However, keep in mind that not all of them work for everyone. 

  • Listening to music: For many, music is a destressor that allows one to take their mind off whatever is bothering them. If stressed, try listening to calming music, such as classical music, jazz, soft rock, or anything you might find soothing.
  • Meditation/mindfulness: Meditating or practicing mindfulness can produce a state of calmness and peacefulness, allowing thoughts and worries to fly away. For those new to meditation, begin with guided meditation videos and apps like Headspace.
  • Taking a break: Breaks can do wonders. Sometimes, temporarily walking away from the source of your stress can allow for regrouping. Grab a snack or take a nap before returning to whatever needs to be done.
  • Submitting to guilty pleasures: Maybe what you need is to indulge yourself. If time allows, feel free to binge watch favorite movies or TV shows that will, hopefully, get your mind off whatever is bothering you and lift your mood.
  • Exercising: Getting adrenaline going can increase endorphins, which are feel-good chemicals that relieve stress. But if you are not in the mood for heavy exercise, any physical activity, such as walking or stretching, will suffice.
  • Talking it out: Ranting can serve as a huge relief. Identify the source of stress before talking it out with someone. If no one is available, journaling about your  feelings is a great method recommended by mental health professionals.
  • Using creative outlets: Artistic expression serves as necessary escapism. Pick up a fun, creative hobby that you will enjoy, such as drawing, painting, writing, knitting, baking, or craft-making, to name a few.

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