School is hard. Our workloads our heavy and our stress sometimes becomes too much for us to handle. Did you know that anxiety levels in teens today are similar to those of 1950’s asylum patients? . As the school year kicks off, here are a few things you can do to help relieve some stress.
1. Eat and stay hydrated!
Sometimes we get so busy it’s hard to take a moment to sit down and eat something. Anything is better than nothing, but the healthier you can be the better your mental performance will be.
It’s no use staying up all night working if you’re not able to actually absorb any of the information you’re working on. Side effects of sleep deprivation include blurred vision, lack of focus, and difficulty dealing with stress and anxiety.
I’m well aware that this is starting to sound like one of those cliché articles all over the internet and all I’m doing is parroting ideas that have been around for years. But maybe everyone has the same stress relief methods because they work! Exercise releases mood regulating hormones. It also improves sleep quality and overall mental and physical health.
4. Always take time for yourself
Your mental health should always come first. Nothing matters if you’re on the brink of a breakdown. Make sure you get at least 30 minutes of alone time a day where you can just get away, where you can breathe or cry or or meditate. It’s your time.