If you’re going through a tense time, it’s completely normal to feel stressed and anxious. There are a number of things you can do to help you cope. See which tactic works best for you.

Manage your self-talk

It’s easy to slip into negative thought patterns during stressful times, but it can help to challenge those thoughts simply by asking yourself questions like ‘What would I say to a friend right now if they were in a similar situation?’ or ‘Is this way of thinking helping to solve the problem?’ Try to replace negative thoughts with constructive ones. It takes practice but is definitely worth the effort. If it doesn’t feel possible to distract yourself from ‘the worries’, don’t just try and fight them or push them down. It’s important to acknowledge your feelings, but see them like you are noticing them from the outside. Practicing mindfulness is a great way to train your mind to step back from your worries and just watch them pass by.

Breathe

When those old familiar feelings of panic and fear start to set in, it can be helpful to redirect that energy to your breathing. Slow, deliberate breathing, through your nose and from your diaphragm (instead of your chest) can be a great tool to calm your nerves. A handy meditation trick is to say the word ‘let’ in your head as you breath in, and ‘go’ as you breath out. Let…. Go…. Let…. Go. Regular yoga or meditation classes can also be a fantastic way to unwind and centre your thoughts. 

Choose to share your experiences with people who have a positive, calming influence on you.
Look after yourself

Regular exercise, healthy diet, avoiding stress at work and college are more important than ever when you’re going through a stressful time. Get out of the house and clear your mind with some physical exercise at least three times a week. It’s also important to limit things like sugar, caffeine, processed foods and alcohol in your diet – anything that’s going to create added stress in your body. Many of our Programs + Services and such services as https://eduzaurus.com/write-my-research-paper can help you develop a healthy eating plan and avoid stress during studies.

Share your experiences

It can be a relief to talk through your situation with friends or family members you trust, but remember to choose your confidants wisely. It can work against you if the person you’re sharing with is a worrier too! Choose people who have a positive, calming influence on you.

If for whatever reason your family members aren’t always the best people to talk to (maybe they are too stressed or in constant conflict), or if stress and anxiety are taking over your life, despite help from family and friends, it might be time to call in the professionals. Remember you don’t have to go through this alone.

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