• Chelsea Shi

How to Cope with Stress



Dealing with Stress


Stress is our body’s reaction to pressure from a situation or event in our lives. How we perceive our stress is subjective as we all handle it differently. The experience of attending high school or university exposes us to even more stress than the typical person may feel, which is why it’s important to find and access proper strategies and resources to help you deal with such stress.


Exercise


Exercise is hugely beneficial for both the mind and the body. Exercising regularly is proven to increase neurotransmitters; endorphins, which are hormones that help reduce tension and allow us to focus better. There are many ways to get physically active, and it doesn’t have to be difficult.


What’s important is finding an activity that you enjoy so that it doesn’t have to feel like a punishment. Such activities can include walking, taking your pet for a walk, finding a sport you enjoy - anything that involves getting physically active and that will motivate you is worth giving it a try. 


Sleep Habits


Maintaining a good sleep schedule can be hard, especially as a high school or university student. We sometimes forget how important sleep is, so try your best to get a proper amount of sleep every night at a set routine. Quality of your sleep matters too, so try eliminating anything that may disrupt your sleep, such as light and sound. Limit your phone activity before bed and keep your room at a good temperature as being too hot or too cold can ruin your quality of sleep as well. Taking care of your sleep routine is difficult, but it’s important to prioritize it as our bodies need it to keep healthy and strong. 


Talking to Someone


Isolation can heavily impact our happiness. It’s important to have someone to talk to in times of stress to help relieve it. Whenever you feel as if your stress is overloading, try spending some time with your family and friends and confide in them - they care about you the most. Other resources can be found through your doctor or your school as they offer mental health professionals that are there to support you. Whatever may be worrying you, they will listen and offer the proper counseling you need in order to overcome it. 


It’s important to know your resources as stress is a hard thing to overcome. Next time you feel extra stressed, try one of these coping strategies and see what happens! 



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