4 Healthy Ways to Fight Stress in 2016

Healthy Ways to Fight Stress

When you’re working hard to gain your health care degree, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, especially as the new year approaches. Coping with shorter days to accomplish the same amount while recovering from the holiday season often leaves students stressed.

At Concorde, we realize how difficult it can be to balance your education and the rest of your life.

Unfortunately, it’s too easy to start dealing with all the stress in unhealthy ways. Chronic stress has the ability to result in serious health issues, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.

We want to make sure our students stay healthy, making self-care an important part of their life. As you continue to pursue your health care degree, here are four healthy ways you can fight stress.

1. GET PLENTY OF SLEEP

Both your mind and body get to reset themselves when you sleep, ensuring you have the energy you need to take on the next day. Sleeping also gives your body a chance to repair itself, lowering stress levels by allowing your body to recharge while giving your mind a break.

Poor sleep has the ability to increase stress levels, so if you want a quick way to fight stress, heading to bed and getting enough sleep is a great way to reduce stress and improve your health.

2. SIMPLY TAKE MORE BREAKS

When you’re short on time, you probably think you don’t have enough time for a break. However, taking a short 15-20 minutes break from time to time offers some great benefits.

Taking breaks gives your mind the ability to focus on something other than school or work, and when you get back to work, you’ll have a refreshed mind and attitude.

3. START WORKING OUT

Exercise does a lot more than just keep your body in shape – it’s good for your mind too. Working out gives you a chance to have some alone time with your own thoughts, and it results in the release of endorphins, which make you feel happier and more relaxed.

Not only does exercise provide you with immediate stress release, you’ll begin enjoying the long-term benefits of working out if you stick with a regular exercise routine.

4. LEARN TO MEDITATE

Mindfulness meditation has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. All you need to do to get started is to take some time to increase your focus on your thoughts or spend some time sitting quietly.

Even just a few minutes of meditation can be helpful, giving your mind the time to focus on itself and relax. This helps to combat stress long-term, giving people the ability to release emotions that may be causing physical stress.

As you pursue your health care degree, you don’t need to be sidelined by the effects of chronic stress. Spend some time taking care of your mind and body to improve your overall wellbeing.

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