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     Do you have a new emergence of white hair? Are you caught up in an irregular sleeping schedule? Have you been feeling sick lately? Have you had recent headaches? Are you lacking energy? These are symptoms people may experience when they are stressed.

     No matter what age, whether you’re a teenager or an elderly person, more likely than not, you have been stressed before. Stress is becoming more apparent in the younger generations, and there are many ways in which stress can be reduced.

     Take care of yourself. Exercise.

     Have a healthy diet, get the proper amount of sleep, and take vitamins. How you treat your physical body plays a role in how you feel mentally.

     Ironically, placing physical stress on your body can help reduce mental stress. Exercising helps lower your body’s amount of stress hormones like cortisol. Additionally, exercise helps release endorphins into your body, reducing physical pain. It also helps improve the quality of your sleep and increases confidence. Exercising, if done consistently, boosts confidence.

     Spend time playing a sport, dancing, or walking everyday to help you get your move on.

     Keep a positive mindset.

     An effective outlet is writing down what may stress you out. You can block out negative thoughts by writing things that you are grateful for. Writing helps express feelings of anguish and happiness, thus being an effective way of diminishing stress.

     Spend time with your loved ones, and become more involved in the community.

     Spending time with friends and family can help you have a sense of belonging and boost your self-esteem. Studies have shown that men and women who lack a circle of friends or a support system are more likely to experience depression compared to those who are not. Surround yourself with the people who are most important to you.

     Being more involved in the community increases self-esteem and diminishes stress. High schools offer several clubs that include community outreach. Clubs like Key Club, the Red Cross Club, and Environmental Club are all community-related clubs. Clubs like these do things like school and beach clean-ups or donate blood to those in need. Other programs that involve feeding the homeless and giving gifts to children are ways to take part in the community, thus helping participants to reduce their stress.

     Stop procrastinating.

     Procrastination can cause people to rush themselves, causing stress, thus negatively affecting their bodies. Stay organized, and make a to-do list, so you can keep track of the things that you have to do. Set reasonable due dates. Abide by a schedule to make use of your time wisely.

     Pursue a new hobby, or do something you love to do. Try listening to music.

     Taking part in activities that you enjoy can help reduce stress. Not only will it diminish stress, but it also helps the brain become stronger.

     For many, music creates a cathartic environment. It helps several feel relaxed and comfortable. Listen to soothing music or your favorite songs. This will help lower your blood pressure, heart rate, and amount of stress hormones.

     Take part in mindfulness. Unplug from the online world, and get in touch with nature.

     For many, meditation and cognitive exercises help reduce their stress levels. These practices help them suppress negative thoughts and clear their minds.

      Several, nowadays, are spending most of their time on social media. Although social media was created to grant people the convenience of communicating with one another despite lacking physical proximity with one another, many people have developed self-esteem issues because of it. Often times, they feel that they have been wasting their time on social media. Take time to distance yourself from your phone and other devices; take time to go outside and explore the grandeur of nature.

     The American Psychological Association has additional information on what causes stress and what could be done to help relieve it. This information can be found on https://www.apa.org/pi/aging/09-33-coping-with-stress-fin.pdf.

     More tips on how to deal with stress can be found on www.healthline.com/nutrition/16-ways-relieve-stress-anxiety.

About the Writer
Audrey Meas, Staff Writer


"A journalist asked me how I was doing. I told him, 'I'm all write.' I asked him how he was. He told me he was fine.....print."

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