Manage your Stress. Stay Positive.

The semester is half way over and many of us are being swamped with midterms, papers, and projects. It is during this time where the feelings of stress and being overwhelmed overcomes us. For some, controlling stress levels isn’t difficult and you have mastered keeping your cool. But for others, managing that stress is so difficult that you’d rather ball up in a corner and hope the work that has to get finished will magically complete itself.
It is important to remember that it is okay to feel overwhelmed, it is normal. But you have to make sure you handle that stress properly. How do you control your stress levels? Maybe you like to nap, take jogs, or dance crazy in your dorm room to get all the jitters out. If it works for you then great! If you haven’t found a stress reliever that works for you, here are some tips on how manage that stress you feel building up inside:
1. Meditate: “Research suggests that daily meditation may alter the brain’s neural pathways, making you more resilient to stress,” says psychologist Robbie Maller Hartman, PhD, a Chicago health and wellness coach. The process can be simple. Sit up straight with both feet on the floor. Close your eyes. Focus your attention on reciting — out loud or silently — a positive mantra such as “I feel at peace” or “I love myself.”
2. Just Breathe: It is okay to give yourself a five-minute break. Take this time to focus on your breathing. Sit up straight, inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. This will help you accept positive energy and release the anxiety you may be feeling.
3. Laugh out Loud: A good laugh doesn’t just lighten the mood, it helps produce endorphins, which make you happy!
4. Crank up the Tunes: Create a playlist of your favorite feel good tunes and jam out. According to Cathy Benninger, a nurse at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, listening to music can help lower blood pressure, your heart rate, and anxiety.
5. Stay active: Any exercise is good for relieving stress and anxiety. Whether you like to do yoga or run around your campus, staying active can help your body and your mind deal with the stress in a healthy way.

For more tips on how to relieve stress visit: http://www.m.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/blissing-out-10-relaxation-techniques-reduce-stress-spot?page=1

Also, don’t forget to keep a positive attitude! You are more than capable of getting an A on that midterm or writing the perfect paper. Believe in yourself and surround yourself with friends who will encourage you too!