Issue #3– November 10, 2006
Focus on Thinking Positive and Reducing Stress
by: Lisa Barzotto
Take a few moments to release stress everyday. There are simple things every student can do to reduce anxiety and tension. Keep the following tips in mind and you will feel better and prevent tension from building up in your body.
Face Anxiety: Acknowledge anxiety rather than hide or avoid it.
Take Breaks: Take short but frequent study breaks, preferably a 5 minute break after 25 minutes of studying for optimal concentration and retention.
Hydrate: Drink plenty of water. Dehydration occurs even before you are aware, and provokes aggressiveness and feelings of anxiety and stress.
Check Posture: Bad posture = muscle tension, pain, and more stress. Hold your head and shoulders upright and mindfully avoid slouching.
Deep Breathe: Practice breathing slowly and deeply as soon as you begin to feel stressed.
Get Support: Talk to friends/family daily, for support and encouragement.
Exercise: Regular, vigorous exercise relieves stress and is a productive study break.
Review Success: Review your accomplishments and positive personal characteristics everyday.
Imagine Positive Events: Consciously imagine positive images of success situations and peaceful, relaxing settings.
Self-Praise: Congratulate and reward yourself for working hard and doing your best.
Reference: Breaking Loose Program, Canadian Mental Health Association
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