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Helpful tips on preventing stress

Circle Contributor

Published: Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 21:10


   We all have exams coming up this week, and the fact that they’re all crammed together doesn’t help any of us motivate ourselves to study, and may be a bit overwhelming.
 Nevertheless, there are a few things that you can do in order to help reduce the amount of stress that you’re currently experiencing. 
   Let’s face it, stress can help us get things done, but no one wants to deal with the amounts we’re all currently dealing with.
  First off, exercise. Sweating releases chemicals in your body and balances out the hormones in your body that cause your mood to shift too rapidly. It also gives you a chance to get away from those books for a little bit, which is definitely a perk. 
   Also, some people are prone to eating while they’re stressed. Going to the gym not only helps you with everything that was stated above, but also helps shed off some of those unwanted calories from the extra food that you mindlessly eat while frantically studying for that exam that you’re afraid of failing. 
   For those of you that have never even considered stepping foot into a gym, consider it. 
   Additionally, apart from being common knowledge, countless studies have shown that eating the right types of food can make a person feel better physically and emotionally.
    Instead of grabbing a bag of Fritos or some other fried potato chip, try to look for Sun Chips, or even some form of vegetable chip. 
    Many brands of chips use vegetables as opposed to the traditional white potato, which will do wonders for your health over time. 
   Also, look for cereals such as Special K and Kashi, which are both healthier alternatives to some of the mainstream cereals that people love, such as Frosted Flakes, Captain Crunch, and Fruit Loops.
    These alternative cereals claim to be filled with various vitamins and minerals, and some of them are. 
   However, these cereals also have many different kinds of preservatives and colorings in them that make them detrimental to your health.
   Lastly, it is extremely important to catch up on your sleep. Students in college usually need about eight hours of sleep, according to several studies. 
   These studies have also discovered that most people in the college age group do not get as much sleep as they should in order to improve the functionality and productivity in their everyday lives.
   Following these steps will not only enhance your mood, but will sharpen your senses in a way that will undoubtedly help you do well.         

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