Stress: The Side Effects and the Solutions Reply

Frustrated student

Jennifer Ly

Stress is something most people deal with, especially students. Some stress is good, as it helps people prepare for the future. However, adverse and excessive stress can destroy a person’s well-being, mentally and physically.

According to Mayo Clinic, side effects of stress include headaches, muscle tension, fatigue, and sleep problems. Stress also causes anxiety, lack of motivation or focus, frustration, and depression, while also causing people to overeat/undereat, grow isolated, and exercise less.

Sometimes, people need to relax and take a breather, or else they might become overwhelmed with pressure. Here are a few tips to alleviate stress.

The first tip is simply to breathe.  It doesn’t sound like much, but it can actually help. HeartMath suggests taking five minutes several times a day to follow steps modified from their HeartMath’s Attitude Breathing® tool. First, listen to the heart beating while breathing in. Then, focus on a positive feeling while continuing to breathe.

Another tip to ease stress is to talk to someone. Talking about the causes of the stress can lessen the burden and may help find a solution to the problem.

Most importantly, when under stress, make sure to get plenty of sleep and eat a nutritious diet.

Stress may be unavoidable, but there are ways to lessen its negative effects.


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