Relieve that awful stress

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

organized desk
Getting rid of clutter is a good place to ease stress. Doesn’t it look nice to work here? I don’t know about having 3 keyboards and 2 computers though!

School has been in session for a while now, and you’re probably buried in piles of homework. In fact, it’s getting close to winter break and teachers are already preparing those tricky mega exams. So, if you’re feeling super stressed, just take a step back and follow these quick tips to ease the worrisome weight on your shoulders.

First of all, get organized! According to Dr. Manny Alvarez, Senior Managing Editor for Health News on FOX, getting organized provides a sense of control in your life. If you’re the type of person that’s always running around like a wild goose, it’s important to first make a list of everything that needs to be done. Or, if you’re like me and have trouble working in a messy environment, take some time to tidy up!

Once everything’s in its rightful place, take advantage of the extra room and do a bit of meditation – focusing 100% of your attention on one thing and one thing only, like a candle flame. The point of this exercise is to stop your thoughts from jumping around frantically. One of the easiest activities to do while meditating, is focusing on your breath. Just pay attention to how the fresh air gently goes in… then out of your lungs. You’ll be surprised at how calming it feels.

In fact, it’s so relaxing, you just might feel the urge to sleep. That’s okay, because it’s the last (and probably the best) tip for reducing stress. Not getting enough shuteye leaves us cranky, unfocused, and sluggish throughout the day. Also, eating the right foods like bananas, peanuts, figs, and dairy can promote sleep, which leaves us feeling fresh and relaxed! Just be sure to go to bed at the same time every night.

Wow, just reading these tips makes feel a little better already. Time to go put them into practice!

Featured image courtesy of Mitchell Joyce on Flickr. Image of desk courtesy of monkeyc.net on Flickr.