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We are all humans. Thus, we are faced with stressful situations day to day. This kind of stress can ruin a whole day if not dealt with properly. Being a college student, I experience times of stress on a regular basis, the kind that makes me want to rip my hair out! But I do try and practice some strategies that help minimize its affects. 

My Stress Remedies

Prior to spring break, I was faced with midterms and papers that seemed I’d never be able to tackle. The amount of stress I was experiencing was normal for a college student balancing school and work, but I had enough. Usually when I experience an overwhelming amount of stress I try and sort through my daily activities and find that they are all small stuff. You know that saying, “don’t sweat the small stuff”? That is a mantra that everybody should live by. We are all faced with feeling like there aren’t enough hours in the day, or that what is demanded from us is unrealistic. But, the key is realizing that you are in control of your life is the foundation of managing stress.

Stress is experienced by just about everybody. Whether your work derives from stress at work, school or the household the key to minimizing it is the same. 

Taking a Breather 

At times when I feel as though there is nothing I can do to rid myself of the loads of homework and bills I have to pay, I take time away from it all. Going to the gym daily helps me not only rid myself of the days stresses and worries, but it allows me to catch my breath and focus on me and my body. Not a gym-goer? Painting, walking, cooking, listening to soft calming music or even grabbing a coffee with a good friend are other ways to manage stress.Yoga is another great alternative to managing stress. There are several levels of yoga ranging from beginner to advanced, as well as a wide variety of types of yoga. I enjoy Bikram yoga myself, as it is calming to the mind and body and the warm temperature it is practiced in also adds a sense of relaxation.  

It is important to sort through your responsibilities in a healthy way so that down the line, the amount of stress is minimized. Remember, some stress is normal to experience, but when it begins to be unbearable and affects your health, problems can occur. 

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