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September 25, 2017 | by  | in VUWSA |
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It’s THAT time in the trimester again when your workload starts piling up and you wish you had started those assignments a little earlier. Yep, this is the period when your energy levels are plummeting and blood pressure is rising. But just as an imminent test or assignment can get your stress levels pumping, you have the power to reset almost instantly.

Just as we have a stress response to pressure, we also have a relaxation response, during which your breathing slows and your blood pressure decreases. We don’t really have a choice when our bodies start to feel stressed, but we do have the ability to undo its effects. On that note, here are a few quick ways to deal with stress:


Breathe Deeply

Deep breaths are like little love notes to your body. It helps your body relax and relieves tension through an extra boost of oxygen. Google some simple breathing exercises and that pressure you’re feeling will be relieved in no time.



I’m not the most spiritual person so whenever my dad told me to meditate when feeling anxious I never took it too seriously. However, having since read some articles online about it, I am now a strong advocate. Meditation not only gets your breathing and body relaxed, it also clears the mind. Clearing your mind of all thoughts can be really difficult so this will take practice, but it is such an important skill to learn. Meditation is great for relieving tension and teaches you how to take control of your own thoughts, not to mention it can help with anxiety!


Go for a ten minute walk

Going outside, moving your body, and breathing in the fresh air can work wonders for your stress levels. While any exercise will release endorphins in your body which relieves stress, you can easily fit walking into your busy schedule. Consider walking in a green space like a park, which will put your mind in a state of meditation but also allow for reflection on your day, or even just choosing to walk between campuses or home will be beneficial.

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