1. Snuggle, kiss or hug someone you love: A strong support network is a great way to beat stress during a rough time. Social support is a hugely effective stress management mechanism with students learning to cope with stress. Kick-start that support by cuddling up with someone you love. Knowing someone is there is often enough to help you manage your stress more effectively.
2. Get outside and feel the sun on your face: The sun acts as a powerful weapon against stress. This is because sunlight affects the body’s level of serotonin, a feel-good neurotransmitter that helps maintain good mood. If you can, try coupling your outdoor session with some exercise, like walking or biking, to further boost your mood.
3. Dance, Dance!: You probably already know that exercise can boost your mood. But what good is it if you hate the exercise? Get up and dance like nobody’s watching! You’ll get the stress relieving mood boost that comes with exercise while enjoying yourself.
4. Talk it out: Stress can escalate by keeping it all in. Help your mind work through it by talking to a friend, praying, or even talking to yourself. This is a great way to sort out your stressors, come up with solutions, and put things in perspective.
5. Eat a piece of dark chocolate: Dark chocolate is a tasty treat that’s loaded with nutrients with stress relieving properties, helping to lower stress hormones.
6. Skip the junk food: Foods like alcohol, candy, and those high in sodium and fat are very bad for reducing stress. Instead, opt for a healthy diet high in whole foods, and when you have to indulge, indulge in a sweet fruity snack.
7. Take a break from the Cell phone: Media overload–be it television, radio, Internet, or social networking. Staying away from your smartphone for a while gives you time to focus on yourself, clear your mind, and work through your stress without distractions.
8. Take a nap: A common cause of stress islack of sleep. If you’ve only got a few minutes, lay down and set an alarm to allow yourself a few minutes of rest. At night, try to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep to reduce your day-to-day stress.
9. Treat yo'self: You probably feel pretty special on your birthday when you’re treated to presents and cake. It’s a pretty great stress buster, right? Treat yourself like it’s your birthday! Buy yourself a present, or go out for a tasty meal–whatever it is that makes you feel special.
10. Go for a walk: Even a moderate-paced walk can help reduce muscle tension and decrease anxiety. Try meditating as you walk by repeating a mantra. This has been shown to further promote positive mood and reduced stress.
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