Hello everyone. My topic for this semester’s inquiry research is on stress. This round of research would answer how we can prevent stress.
We can handle our stress by:
- Eat and drink to optimize your health
There are people who try and cope stress by eating unhealthy food such as McDonald’s. These foods could satisfy you for a moment, but it can add stress. Eating unhealthy food usually makes one gain weight. Putting on weight stresses most people out. Consuming a healthy and balanced diet is the best way.
- Exercise regularly
Just like how eating healthy helps with having a sustainable weight, exercise also helps with maintaining weight. Non competitive sports are shown to be a stress reliever such as aerobic exercise, strengthening with weights, or movement activities like yoga or Tai Chi. These exercises are proven to help you feel better and maintain a positive attitude. Instead of gaming, consider one of these exercise as an alternative.
- Study and practice relaxation techniques
Working is important, but taking a break is just as big of a priority. Taking time to relax helps manage stress and protect the body from the effects of stress. There are many different techniques to relax such as deep breathing, imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, and mindfulness meditation.
- Reduce triggers of stress
There are too many demands and too little time in life. Most of the time, these demands are ones we have chosen. A common demand we have in life is homework. You can free up time by having good time management skills like asking for help when it’s appropriate, setting priorities, pacing yourself, and reserving time to take care of yourself. We tend to get pressured by the due date of homework and end up procrastinating. This adds to our stress so practicing time management is important.
- Examine your values and live by them
Value your opinions when choosing your activities. When your actions reflect your beliefs, the better you feel.
- Assert yourself
Do not be a pushover, it is okay to say no. You do not have to always have to meet the expectations of others. Set your own boundaries and share your opinions. Often we try and fit in with others by agreeing to everything people say and this can be stressful.
- Set realistic goals and expectations
Setting goals helps with self-improvement. We also cannot be always successful at everything. Be mindful of the things you can control and work on accepting the things that you can’t control.
- Sell yourself to yourself
Prioritize yourself. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, remind yourself of what you do well. Have a healthy sense of self-esteem. (1)
1. Balance responsibilities (like schoolwork) with activities you enjoy (like relaxing or spending time with friends).
It is all about having a balanced life. Work and rest. Balance your activities and do not cram because this will stress you out.
2. Manage responsibilities.
Use a calendar or planner to keep track of responsibilities. This helps keep track of what has to be done. We could forget to do a responsibility and stress us. Managing stress also means having a regular routine. Take time to reflect a bit to think about how things are going and maybe make some changements.
3. Eat healthy foods.
What you eat affects your mood, energy, and stress level. Eating healthy does not mean you must avoid all treats. This goes back to having a balanced diet. It is okay to eat dessert after having a healthy nutrition filled dinner.
4. Get proper sleep.
Homework, talking to friends, or binge watching can get in the way of sleeping. Having the right amount of sleep is something to focus on as sleeping is the way we get energy. In order to have a peaceful sleep, having finished all those tasks earlier on the day is key.
5. Make time to exercise every day.
Exercise is a source to be able to not think about your problems. It is hard to feel anxious when taking deep breaths from exercising. Exercise does not only take our mind off of stress, but it releases chemicals in our brains that make us feel better. Learning to manage stress means building coping skills that allow you to take everyday challenges in stride. It’s about keeping problems in perspective instead of ignoring them, and learning what to work on and what to let go of. (2)
While stress is an automatic response from your nervous system, some stressors arise at predictable times: your commute to work, a meeting with your boss, or family gatherings, for example. When handling such predictable stressors, you can either change the situation or change your reaction. When deciding which option to choose in any given scenario, it’s helpful to think of the four A’s: avoid, alter, adapt, or accept. (3)
When it comes to preventing and treating high blood pressure, one often-overlooked strategy is managing stress. If you often find yourself tense and on-edge, try these seven ways to reduce stress.
1. Get enough sleep.
Poor quality sleep can negatively affect your mood, mental alertness, energy level, and physical health.
2. Learn relaxation techniques.
Meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, deep breathing exercises, and yoga are powerful relaxation techniques.
3. Strengthen your social network.
Connect with others by taking a class, joining an organization, or participating in a support group. Making new friends and having fun with them is a stress reliever.
4. Hone your time-management skills.
The more efficiently you can juggle work and family demands, the lower your stress level. Procrastinating is stressful, having good time-management skills can reduce stress.
5. Try to resolve stressful situations if you can.
Confront your problems. Don’t let stressful situations fester. Hold family problem-solving sessions and use negotiation skills at home and at work.
6. Nurture yourself.
Treat yourself. Go to your favourite restaurant or go to the mall.
7. Ask for help.
When things get our of your control, ask help from your family friends, any anyone else trustable. If stress and anxiety persist, talk to your doctor or get a therapist.(4)
The main tips mentioned from all these sources are to mainly keep an healthy lifestyle. Sleep enough, eat healthy and exercise regularly. These three main tips would help with preventing stress. I hope my research could benefit those who are stressed. Thank you for reading.
Great research! Your post was easy to read and had very informative information. I’ll take the ways to prevent stress that you mentioned into consideration the next time I start feeling stressed!
One interesting topic regarding stress that you could research about is: how to help who is stressed? Sometimes we know someone who is struggling with it but don’t know how to help them, so it would be interesting to learn how to do so. Here are some links that may help you:
I like how you organized your blog post. The bolding and accentuating of the titles make the article much easier to read while providing a lot of important information at the same time. I believe that it is very important to take care of our physical and mental health, and stress seems like a very large factor in the outcome, in my opinion. Great work!
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the way you arranged the information is great. It’s not easy to handle stress, especially if you don’t know how. Sometimes, it is normal to feel stressed. Yet there are long-term physical, emotional, and behavioral consequences of chronic stress. There will always be stress in our lives. However, it is helpful when doing exercises or resting regularly.
I am thrilled that you are discussing these topics since they should be of concern to us.
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I thought this blog post was super well organized and the amount of detail you added was great! So many people need to hear read this to help deal with stress. Being stressed is something no one likes going through so these are great things that we should all do to help ourselves. Taking care of ourselves is super important so great job putting all these together and saying why its important. More people should be doing these things!
Here are some websites that may help you: