When getting older, we slowly start to take on more responsibilities, and sometimes it can get to be a lot. Whether it’s worrying about grades, extracurricular programs, or, for some of us, trying to choose and then get into the best college possible, we all are susceptible to getting stressed or becoming apprehensive about the future.
Our generation stresses taking care of our mental health and making it something that we talk about rather than something we sweep under the rug and ignore. It’s vital that we to take care of ourselves mentally and emotionally before it develops into something that can’t be easily handled. Whatever you might be going through, there are always step you can take to help slowly take the stress away and calm your mind, body, and soul for a moment or two.
The most basic thing you can do is just to breathe. This piece of advice can sound incredibly cliché. We breathe every second of our lives, so how does this work? When we take slow deep breaths, it can help us to take a much-needed pause and also take some of the anxiety away.
Another way breathing can help take away stress and anxiety is through meditation. Personally, I use a meditation app called Breathe. It takes you through different meditation sessions that can directly help in times of stress and anxiety through breathing and focusing on specific thoughts to help regroup our emotions.
Relaxing physically can also help relax our minds. An excellent way to do this is by simply taking a hot bath to help relax every muscle in your body. Bath salts or even a good bath bomb can work well in relaxing the body even more, while also giving off good scents to help boost your mood. Never underestimate the power of a good bath and good bath products.
My favorite stress reliever, that is probably the most effective, is exercising. Though some of us lack the willpower to go to the gym consistently, it is proven to be one of the best ways to get rid of stress, anxiety, or any bad energy that we may be carrying around. Working out releases a chemical in our brains called serotonin, which is the chemical that makes us feel happy.
You don’t have to run on the treadmill for an hour or bike for ten miles. Instead, you can do things like yoga, dancing, or swimming. Whatever your preference may be, when you go into a workout feeling bad, you will inevitably feel better, physically and mentally, by the end (if you don’t over-do it).
Life gets harder as we go through it, and we face different obstacles that we may not always know how to handle. It’s good to learn how to cope with hard situations early on in life, so at the end of the day, we don’t let our emotions swallow us whole.