Active Minds 7th Annual Stress Out Day: LAUGH!
In honor of the 7th Annual National Stress Out Day, I wanted to share the stress busters they’ve posted on their site at stressoutday.org. We all handle stress in different ways, but it can be really helpful to share some new ideas with each other for alleviating stress.
We’d LOVE to hear from you in the comments section with your favorite stress-busting strategies.
- Exercise. Physical activity helps your body and mind. Go to the gym. Take a jog. Go for a walk. Do yoga. Play Frisbee. Just get moving!
- Eat a balanced diet. Don’t skip meals. Try to eat from all of the food groups and try to stay away from caffeine (minimize soda or coffee). Caffeine can trigger anxiety and panic attacks.
- Limit alcohol and stay away from illegal drugs. Alcohol and drugs aggravate anxiety and can also cause panic attacks.
- Get involved. Being active in the community creates a support network and gives you a break from your everyday stress. (Spill can help with that!)
- Do your BEST instead of trying to be PERFECT. We all know perfection isn’t possible, so be proud of however close you get.
- Take a time out. Take a deep breath and count to 10. Stepping back from the problem lets you clear your head. Do yoga. Meditate. Get a massage. Learn relaxation techniques. Listen to music.
- Put things in perspective. Think about your situation. Ask yourself whether it’s really as bad as you think it is or if you could be blowing it out of proportion.
- Talk to someone. Don’t let things bottle up to the verge of explosion. Reach out to your roommate, boyfriend, girlfriend or counselor of you’re feeling low.
- Find out what triggers your anxiety. Take notes or write in a journal when you’re feeling anxious or stressed, an then look for patterns.
This year’s theme is “Laugh More.” The campaign highlights the social and emotional benefits of laughter and how to incorporate more laughter into your daily life. Share your favorite funny sites that cheer you up in the comments. The campaign also promotes the message that sometimes laughter isn’t enough and something more serious is going on.
“Anxiety disorders are no laughing matter – they are real and treatable, and students should not be afraid to seek help.” It’s a great point. It can be hard to tell the difference between everyday stress and an anxiety disorder. Don’t ever be afraid to seek help from a counselor or another campus resource. No problem is too small! Keep on laughing…
Laughing young man photo available from Shutterstock.
Bazirgan, M. (2012). Active Minds 7th Annual Stress Out Day: LAUGH!. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 2, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/college/2012/04/active-minds-7th-annual-stress-out-day-laugh/