It's midterm week. For me that means relaxing in the classroom, sipping my coffee, and watching my students take a test. For them it means sheer panic. Tests can be stressful, and I have learned over the years that most people are ill-prepared to cope with stress.
So what is this ugly little S word? Basically stress is anything that puts a demand on us. We then react in various ways including an increased heart rate, shallow breathing, increased blood pressure, tense muscles, and anxious or panicked thoughts. Some people are under stress so much that they get used to it and forget how to relax. They also tend to develop chronic cardiovascular problems or other health issues. Not good!
Learning how to effectively cope with your stress will go a long way in keeping you healthy. Stress is a subjective thing; what stresses you out may not even bother another person. How we cope with stress is also very subjective. Below is a list of potential methods you can try:
As you can see, coping with stress involves either letting the tension out or escaping for awhile. I do want to caution you that the escape techniques can become a problem if you use them too much. Like most things in life, moderation is the key.
So how do you cope with stress? I would love to hear other methods so please feel free to comment.
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