Thursday Thoughts: DEALING WITH STRESS

February 8, 2018 12:18 pm

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By: Amber Garcia

We all have different levels of stress. Whether you’re looking for an internship,
balancing a college class, looking for a job, or all of the above, managing stress can
become overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be.

One thing I do when I’m dealing with stress is to put away my phone for 30
minutes to an hour. Although social media is mostly used for entertainment, it can do
more harm than good. Disconnecting from your phone can increase awareness of your
surroundings, and you can spend better quality time with family or friends. Or, if you
prefer to be alone, you really get a chance to have a mental break.

Another tip for stress relief is breathing exercises or meditation. Being able to
take a moment to breathe is crucial when your mind feels clogged with everything that is
going on. The exercise I do the most is called the 4-7-8 breath, and it’s exactly as it
sounds: inhale for 4 seconds through your nose, hold your breath for 7 seconds and
exhale through your mouth for 8 seconds. When we are stressed, we tend to take
shallow breaths, leading to inflammation and acidification in our bodies; however,
breathing exercises “cleanse” your mind and body from these negative effects.

Lastly, it’s important to focus on a single task or several small tasks at a time,
rather than trying to do everything at once. A lot of people tend to make the mistake of
procrastinating (myself included,) whether it is school-related or not. Everyone knows
what it’s like to say “I’ll do it tomorrow”
everything in your head. It may sound cliché, but when you reflect at the end of the
week or after a big assignment, you’ll be so grateful that you didn’t wait and put it off.