Stress Busters

Posted by on Nov 5, 2012 in Health

Stress Busters

It’s the day of the test. You studied, you know you are prepared but something keeps nagging at you. You sit at your desk, the test is in front of you. You look at the first question and your mind goes blank. You start to panic. You let this panic overtake you and then you do not do well on the test.

If you fit that description know that you are not alone. Everyone experiences stress at some point in their lives. Studies have shown that when you are stressed you do not learn as well or perform as well as you would if you were not stressed. Since stress is inevitable it is important to learn how to handle it. Here are some tips to keep your stress level down.

1. Study for the test If you study you will feel more confident going into the test and not worry as much.*

2. Bring a bottle of water If you are hydrated your body will function better. Pausing to take a sip of water also gives your mind a tiny break.*

3. Slow, deep breaths If you find yourself getting stressed, slow down your breathing. Take a few slow, deep breaths and relax your mind. This will give you a quick break and calm you down before you can start again.

4. Massage your coratid artery If you find your pulse is increasing you can massage your coratid artery to slow it down. Take your thumb and place it on your neck (right thumb for right side, left thumb for left side), just below your chin but behind your neck bone. You should be able to feel your pulse. Gently apply pressure and move your thumb in a circular motion for 3-5 seconds. Repeat for the other side. Remember to breathe slowly during this exercise. You should feel your pulse slow back down.

5. Reward yourself Plan to treat yourself to something later that day. It will give you something to look forward and aspire to.*

*Some tips were found at 8 Immediate Stress Busters