10 Ways to Reduce Stress
by Noor Khalil
You have a term paper due, issues with family and friends, and several tasks to juggle at work. Everyone goes through stressful times; however, knowing how to manage stress is important.
Take a look at these ten tips to reduce stress:
1) Mediate for 5+ minutes every day
Adjust your posture to sit with your back (or spine) straight up. You may sit on the floor or on a chair. Try to clear your mind of all problems. Try to overcome any emotions by relaxing your body, muscles, and mind. Count to up to five slowly and then count down to five slowly. Take deep breaths throughout your mediation session. Make sure you mediate in a quite environment. Click here to listen to a ten minute guided meditation.
2) Eat Healthy
Nutritious food fuels your body and mind! Load up on fruits, veggies, and whole grains. (Want to learn how to cook healthy meals? Join me for a free cooking class at the Corner every Monday from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.)
3) Shake it Off
Get your heart pumping! Go for a walk, play basketball, dance! (Come to the Corner every Wednesday from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. for a free hip hop dance class.)
4) Take a Warm Shower or Bath
You can add essential oils to your bath to relax even more.
5) Drink Herbal Tea
A hot cup of herbal tea is a great way to start or end your day. Try chamomile or mint. Sweeten with honey.
6) Get a Massage
Can’t afford a professional massage therapist? Ask a friend or family member to rub your shoulders and neck for a couple of minutes to release tension.
Get at least 8 hours of sleep a night. Take short naps (no longer than 30 minutes) to reenergize yourself during the day.
A good laugh can actually cool down your stress response. Find a funny friend or watch your favorite comedy to get the laughter going!
9) Talk to a Friend or Family Member.
Just talking with someone else about your worries or struggles can help to relieve stress. Find someone you trust and set up a time to chat.talk to a professional.
10) Talk to a professional.
At the Corner we have therapists who will listen to what you are going through and help you practice strategies to cope with stress. Click here to make an appointment at the Corner.
n addition to these techniques, you can take a free meditation course. The Corner Health Center is offers a free meditation class on the first Tuesday of every month from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
If you want to set up a stress management plan, I can help! Feel free to contact me, Noor Khalil, at firstname.lastname@example.org.