School is actually here. Students are now faced with reality. Homework, social life, and the imminent threat of college all weigh heavy on one’s peace of mind. These three burdens are commonly grouped into one category known as stress. Stress is usually a bad thing. According to The Mayo Clinic, stress can have effects on your physical well-being and your mental well-being. It can cause headaches and fatigue as well as anxiety and even depression. While weighed down with projects and the threat of finals, it’s easy to allow stress to get to you. Enrolling in a demanding academic course before high school prepared me for this stress. Here are 5 methods of dealing with stress that I use.
1. Think Positively
Just changing the way you think can drastically affect your mood. When dealing with a tough project, don’t say “I’m going to have to study all night” or “This sucks.” The organization Power of Positivity explains: “The thalamus is responsible to sending sensory and motor signals to the rest of the body but it does not understand that negative thoughts aren’t the same as real danger. When you think negative thoughts, the thalamus assumes that it needs to prepare the body to flee. As a result, our bodies experience real stress symptoms of rapid heartbeat, elevated blood pressure, and a state of heightened arousal.” This is also known as the “Fight or flight” response. Telling yourself “You can do this!” or “This will be over soon” makes all the difference. A method I sometimes use is trickery. I convince myself to believe that everything will be alright. Mind you I don’t lie about the amount of work I have (Procrastination). I simply trick myself into believing that the work will get done efficiently. When in doubt, think positive thoughts.
2. Sleep Early
This is the biggest challenge. Teenagers are wired to stay up late and wake up late. However, High Schools are designed to start unreasonably early and end early. Teenagers and High Schools don’t often get along. Sleep is important. According to NZ Law Society, “Stress and sleep have a two-way relationship. High stress levels can make sleeping more difficult. They can even lead to sleep disorders. At the same time, getting a good night’s sleep can help reduce the effects of stress.” Try not to pull late night study sessions. Pace your work beforehand and sleep early. The extra sleep is worth it.
3. Drink Herbal Tea
This is purely a home remedy. Herbal tea is the best beverage anyone can drink. It’s hot and tastes good. That’s all you need to know. Unlike caffeine, herbal tea soothes your body rather than violently shaking it awake. Drinking herbal tea will help you focus and will refresh your body. I would recommend non-caffeinated herbal tea but caffeinated herbal tea is still fine. Boil a big pot of water to continuously refill your teacup. My favorite tea brands are TAZO™ and Traditional Medicinals™. Embrace your inner peace and finish your math homework.
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