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Stress is a part of everyday life, and sometimes it can be easy to get lost in it. Finding ways to cope with stress can sometimes be difficult, so here are a few tips for reducing stress.

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1. Drink Lots of Water 

 Drinking enough water is vital to keeping your body hydrated and stress-free. This simple step can keep you feeling refreshed and your stress level low. 

2. Get Plenty of Rest

Sleep and time to relax is really important when you are dealing with stress. A lack of sleep can cause stress to heighten, and you may become more agitated while tired. Try to take time to rest and make your best effort to get 8 hours of sleep nightly.

3. Take Time for Yourself 

It can be overwhelming when you don’t have time for yourself. Take time to do things you like to do. Pursue your interest and hobbies. This can take your mind off of the things that may be stressing you out and help you to relax.

4. Make a List of Things You Have to do

Having a lot to do can be extremely overwhelming, and making a list of everything you need to get done can help relieve some of the stress. Take time to plan and manage your time wisely.

5. Do Breathing Exercises 

Breathing exercises can be extremely beneficial when it comes to reducing stress. Deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth can allow time for you to slow down a little in stressful situations. 

6. Focus on Your Senses 

Focusing on your senses is also sometimes called grounding. When you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, identifying one thing around you that you can see, smell, touch, and hear can help you calm down. You will focus on this one item for a minute instead of all of the overwhelming stress, which will help you to get back in the game in the long run.  

7. Listen to Your Favorite Music

Music can be an amazing outlet for stress. Choosing a calm, quiet song or listening to your favorite artist can help you relax and loosen up when you are feeling stressed.

8. Do Yoga or Meditate 

Yoga and meditation has been proven in several studies to reduce stress. These activities allow you to calm down and take a break from the stresses of everyday life. 

9. Seek Support from Loved Ones or Friends 

Don’t be afraid to seek support. When you are feeling stressed, battling it alone can be detrimental. Loved ones and friends can offer advice, love, and support though stressful times. 

10. Don’t Take Things too Seriously, Laugh About It

Laughter is the best medicine. Whether it's a meme, a funny story, or your goofy best friend, a good laugh can help take your mind off of the stress you're dealing with.

11. Learn to Accept the Things that are Out of Your Control

Some things in life are unavoidable, and there is no reason to stress about things that are out of your control. Focus on the situations that you can change, and let the rest go.

12. Don't be Afraid to Cancel Plans 

Canceling plans is okay. Don't be afraid to tell your friends that you do not want to go out. Sometimes having plans can cause more stress. It is perfectly fine to back out of a plan and take time focus on yourself. Your friends will understand, I promise.

13. Eat Three Meals a Day

Sometimes it’s hard to remember to eat three meals everyday, especially when you are stressed, but a well-balanced diet is important to keep your mind and body on track so you can be your best self. 

14. Exercise Regularly 

Regular exercise gives your body a way to release stress. Go on a walk in your favorite park, head to the gym, or just stretch in your room. Even small exercises can help you deal with stress throughout your day. 

15. Take a Mental Health Day 

Sometimes all you need is a day to focus on yourself and that’s okay. Take a hot bath, read your favorite book, watch your favorite movie, do your makeup, anything to make you feel good. A day to yourself can help you get back on track and help you to deal with stress and anxiety.

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Keep your head up, try to stay positive, and remember, you got this!

Sarah Burden

Murray State '20

Sarah Burden is a senior at Murray State University. She is a PR major and minoring in Journalism. She is a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha and loves her ladybugs. In her free time she enjoys experimenting with makeup, drinking coffee, posting on social media and spending time with her bird. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter @sarahburden__
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