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High school is full of homework, studying, extracurricular activities, and personal issues and, of course, stress. Stress can make everything complicated, but there are many ways to manage it. Here are some tips to help relieve stress:

According to the WebMD website, meditation is a great way to manage stress. It alters the brain’s neural pathway which causes stress to be more flexible. The way you meditate is to sit up straight with both feet on the floor and then start by keeping your eyes closed. The main focus is to say something positive either out loud or silently. For example, “I am perfect in my own way” or “everything will turn out okay.” Distractions should be ignored and all your focus should be on mediating.

One of the simplest things to do to help relieve stress is taking deep breaths. Psychologist Judith Tutin, PhD says, “Deep breathing counters the effects of stress by slowing the heart rate and lowering blood pressure.” Everyone has a busy schedule, but taking five minutes out of your day will help. Start off by sitting up straight and closing your eyes. By simply inhaling through your nose to the point where you feel the breath go through your stomach, and up to your head. Taking deep breaths is a way to slow down your heartbeat and lower blood pressure.

Expressing feelings can be hard sometimes, but it is a great way to manage stress. Keeping your feelings bottled up can be one of the reasons why you’re stressed in the first place. Whether it’s crying, laughing or just talking with your family and friends helps. WebMD states, “Talking with friends, family, a counselor, or a member of the clergy about your feelings is a healthy way to relieve stress.” If communication is something you are not comfortable doing, try writing. Simply writing down how your day was, how you’re feeling or something that’s bothering you helps relieve stress. The goal is to express your feelings one way or the other.

WebMD says, “When stress hits big, take a time-out.” Spending time doing something you love can make your day better. Find a hobby that you really enjoy. Everyone’s schedule is busy, but if you take the time to relax, you can relieve stress. Playing a sport, game or even sleeping can help you manage stress.

There is no way to get rid of stress completely. “Try one or two until you find a few that work for you.” These are just some few tips that can help relieve it. If you find yourself stressing take the time to use some of these techniques that will definitely help.

 

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