Stress is a mental and emotional state of mind that often has adverse reactions in response to high demands and tense circumstances. We don’t need to tell you that college is a stressful venture. What we can tell you is that there are ways to manage and reduce the stress that surrounds you.
Before your brain explodes because of the pressure to perform, and perform well, take a few minutes to harness some of these lifestyle techniques. Remember, stress is a reaction produced by your brain and You Are Smarter Than You Think teaches us how to train your brain.
While the majority of adults don’t seem to obtain healthy sleeping regimes, that doesn’t mean you have to be one of them. Stop hitting the snooze button, stop staying up until the early hours of the morning, and stop denying your right to rest. Insufficient sleep is the first step to illness, depression, and a plethora of other mental and physical risks. Adults typically need at least seven hours of sleep a night for optimal brain function, healing, and overall health, but aim for eight or nine hours of rest whenever possible.
Would you put dirt into your car’s gas tank and expect to drive it to school? No, so don’t treat your body the same way. We’re not your mother, but we will endorse that she has been right all these years. Put down the chips and energy drinks and show your body some TLC. Stock up on easy to eat fruits and vegetables and incorporate large quantities of protein into your diet for healthy fuel.
Sometime when you are stressed, crawling away into the safety of a blanket cocoon and tuning out reality with a Netflix marathon is the only thing that sounds pleasant. While moving around is the last thing you want to do, even 20 minutes of brief exercise can be enough to take the edge off your tension levels. Whether that’s having a private yoga session on your living or dorm room floor before turning on your show or going for a long walk around campus, make an effort to work out your worries.
Stress is something you can control with the right attitude and knowledge. More insights on this are included in You Are Smarter Than You Think. Please do not hesitate to bring us your questions or concerns.