Decrease Your Stress in Three Easy Steps

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It’s the beginning of the week and you have two assignments due on Wednesday, a paper due Friday, and a test to study for next week. Amidst the chaos of things to do, it’s easy to feel a little (okay, a lot!) stressed out. But managing your stress levels can be easy. Check out these tips to help you accept and deal with all of life’s stressors:

Accept that you will get distracted.

Working on one thing at a time is important. However, with many other things to get done it is easy to get distracted. You start to question what you’re working on and if there is another project that is more time-sensitive. Before long, you are no longer working on anything and you find yourself staring at a wall contemplating your busy life. Try to plan out everything you need to do and complete it in order of importance. Plus, you’ll want to keep a pen and paper on you to write down thoughts about another task distracting you from the current one–fielding and accepting your distractions is the first step to success.

Listen to music.

Listen to music while working—even if it’s just white noise. If you’re anything like me, part of your brain is always dancing to a different beat than the part that is actually trying to focus. To keep myself working, I’ve found that listening to music keeps me centered and de-stresses me. If music distracts you from your work, take a 5 minute break every hour to stop the work you’re doing and listen to music. Music is proven to relax and soothe your mind and is a great tool to help your brain rest and stay focused.

Take breaks!

While most of us have jobs or assignments that are time-sensitive, stressing about the things you have to do is not going to get them done. The best work can get accomplished by rewarding your focus with breaks. Try working intently for thirty minutes and then take a ten-minute break. Repeat this process until all your work is done. Without breaks, your brain gets tired of focusing and therefore slows down and eventually stops wanting to do work. Taking breaks can help you re-focus and therefore work harder and eliminate stress. Ideas for breaks include: getting up and walking around, talking to a co-worker who is also taking a break, or using the restroom.

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Haley is currently studying English at Eastern New Mexico University. She enjoys reading and writing as well as art, going to church, practicing Tae Kwon-Do, and learning how to play the guitar. Haley hopes to someday become a novelist and a screenwriter.

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