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8 Simple Solutions to Ease Your Stress

February 5, 2014

Stressed studentThe assignments are piling high, money is tight, and the deadlines just keep coming. When things get overwhelming, there are small things you can do to counteract the stress in your life. Below are eight simple suggestions taken from Deborah Davis’s book, Adult learner’s companion (pages 28, 29), which can be borrowed from Red River College Library by presenting a valid RRC ID card.



1. Take deep breaths

Deep breathing calms you and helps you think more clearly.

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6 Breathing Exercises to Relax in 10 Minutes or Less

2. Think before you speak

Listening and thinking before speaking allows you to respond to others calmly and appropriately, which results in better feelings all around.

3. Find some physical activity

Any form of exercise is a stress-reliever. Even a ten-minute walk during break is beneficial. Exercise also tires you and helps you sleep better.

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Exercise and stress: Get moving to manage stress

4. Make a date

Connect with others, get out of yourself and have a few laughs.

5. Eat slowly

It is better for digestion, you will enjoy your food more, and it may help you lose weight.

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Eating slower may help trim your waistline, study suggests

6. Turn off the TV

Some people use TV to zone out, as a way to avoid dealing with their stress. This may make you feel better temporarily, but in the long run it actually adds to your stress.

7. Eat stress-reducing foods

The right foods have the power to calm you, lower stress hormones, build up the immune system, and lower blood pressure. Sunflower seeds and oatmeal are among foods that can help fight stress.

Look further:

Foods That Help Relieve Stress

8. Change your perception

Changing how you look at something can completely change your experience of it. Taking control of your thoughts is a powerful stress reliever.

Look further:

Reframing and Stress Management

For more information…

For more information on stress management and other resources at RRC Library, stop by the Library desk or contact our reference staff at:

Also check out Red River College’s Student Success Website for various student supports and additional info on managing stress.