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Simple Self Care Tips
Does going to school have you stressed out?!?!?! Is it taking a toll on your body? I know how stressful school can be. Stress can cause all kinds of issues it suppresses your immune system; causes headaches, fatigue, irritability, or anger; leads to overeating or undereating; increases the risk of heart attack and stroke; and speeds up the aging process. These are just some of the issues that stress can cause, and they are horrible, but let’s be real, who wants to look older than they really are….not me!!! I’ve got some self-care tips to help take the stress out of being a student.
Daily Stretching or Exercise Routine
Really exercise or stretching? Yes. Finding just 30 minutes in your day is a great way to reduce stress. There are several different studies out there on why it works, but for me, it gives my brain a break from whatever I have been stressing about. Be sure you pick an exercise you like because deciding you have to run every day and you hate running isn’t going to decrease your stress, it will just add to it.
No, I don’t mean run away from school. I want you to find some time to just escape from the school work. Take a walk. Take a bath. Go sit in the sun and read a book for fun. Play a game of basketball or volleyball with your friends. Get a massage at Texas Massage Academy. Watch that reality tv show you would never admit to your friends you like. Go have a drink or two at the bar with your friends. Your brain needs a little downtime. Find something that you have fun doing and where you can just get away for even a few minutes.
I’m not here to tell you that you need to eat only specific foods and you should never run through the drive-thru or have a glass of wine or beer. Yes, there are specific foods that do reduce stress but truthfully, I don’t care about those. What happens when we are stressed, many times we snack the whole time on chips, cookies, and candy. And when we eat like that, what happens, we gain weight and that just adds to our stress because now we need to lose weight.
So my tip is to just buy some veggies and have them next to you when you are studying or working. If you spend the extra and buy the precut ones it is easier. Personally, the last thing I want to do when I want a snack is to clean and cut up veggies or fruit, that in itself is stressful for me. I will grab the bag of chips instead, but if they are ready to go it is easier and requires no extra work.
Yes, I’m going there! But hear me out. Have you read the book The Secret? It is about manifesting what you want. Do I believe this is the end all be all, no, but what I do believe is what we think is what happens? If you only have negative thoughts only negative things will happen to you, if you have positive thoughts, positive things happen. It is all about what we put out into the world.
So let’s change our mindset to a positive one by just saying positive things to ourselves. Here are a couple great affirmations. “I am capable of being a great student.” “Everything is possible.” “I am not one who gives up.” “I do not worry over things out of my control.” “I can do this.” I suggest you pick one or two and write them on sticky notes and place them in places you will see them everyday, on your bathroom mirror, on the fridge, on the back of your door so you see it when you leave.
Here at Texas Massage Academy, we know how stressful it can be to be a student just by itself and then you add in family and work it can be overwhelming. We are here to help you figure out what the best option is to work with your schedule.
Do you have any other tips to help with stress? Add them below.