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Stress Relief

As part of your college experience, with papers quickly coming due and tests lurking around every corner, you can pretty much count on stress playing a major role.   There are ways to try to both prevent and reduce stress and we’ve gathered some tips for you.   First, a major way to combat stress is to take care of your physical self.  That means eating right, exercising, and getting enough sleep.

Nutrition

Healthy Eating PyramidYou want to make sure you are eating plenty of fruits, veggies, whole grains, and protein.  Eating too much junk food can decrease energy levels in your body, lowering your threshold for stress. Also don’t forget to drink plenty of water “In general, you should try to drink between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, every day.” For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, that would be 75 to 150 ounces of water a day. (Webmd)

 

Here are some resources to help you make good food choices:

Exercise

Next, you want to get some exercise.  Getting some exercise doesn’t have to mean going to the gym for a 2 hour exhausting workout, a relaxing 20 minute walk can really do the trick when it comes to stress. If you’re not up for a walk try doing something else you enjoy whether it’s swimming, yoga, or a game of ping-pong. UMA Hiking Trails

Here are some resources to help you get some exercise:

 

Sleep

Finally, when it comes to physical health you want to make sure you are getting enough sleep.  Adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night for best health and it is also recommended that you go to bed before midnight as it aligns more closely with our natural internal clock. Naps are also a healthy way to combat stress.

Can’t sleep? Here are some resources to help you get to bed:

Check back for more tips on how to reduce and prevent stress

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