By Nicole Eno
With school, jobs, friends, sports and whatever else may be going on it sometimes feels like we’re running in circles with no end in sight. For any girl who’s ever felt a bit overwhelmed, these simple tips will help you settle down and stay cool, calm, and collected.
1. Get Moving!
Countless studies have shown that exercise can help reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety. Exercise releases “feel-good chemicals” (endorphins and neurotransmitters) which create feelings of happiness and exhilaration. Physical activity can also help moderate the brain’s reaction to stress. So next time you’re feeling a little on edge, lace up those running shoes and work up a sweat!
How to Get Started: Here some fun, easy workouts that you can do right from home!
2. Breathe Easy
It seems crazy that something as automatic as breathing can be such a powerful stress reliever. Deep breathing has been shown to influence the heart, brain, and immune system. Whether you choose to meditate, do yoga, or just do a quick exercise breathing is one of the most simple ways to relax. If you’re not sure where to start, try out this quick breathing technique:
- Exhale completely through your mouth
- Close your mouth and inhale through your nose
- Hold your breath for a count of seven, then exhale completely through your mouth to a count of eight.
- Repeat this cycle three more times
How to Get Started: Here are a few more deep breathing exercises to try!
3. Eat Better
When you’re having a tough day, try to avoid reaching for all things sugary, salty, or fizzy. One of the keys to feeling your best lies in eating foods that can give your body the vitamins and nutrients it needs to stay strong and healthy. Try to eat lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and drink plenty of water. Instead of grabbing a Snickers, try an apple instead and you’ll be thanking yourself later.
How to Get Started: Check out these tips on how to eat healthier and stay fit!
4. Catch Some Zs
Getting adequate sleep is extremely important in maintaining optimal brain and body functions. Health professionals recommend getting at least eight hours of sleep each night, and developing positive sleep habits to ensure that you are getting sufficient rest. This means minimizing distractions (like homework or television) at bedtime, and creating a relaxing sleep environment. Taking time to form a healthy nighttime routine may seem like a pain, but these good habits will all be worth it when you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to go the next morning.
How to Get Started: Check out these tips on how to get a better night’s sleep!
Although there are many parts of life that can’t be controlled, you have the power to determine how you respond to everyday stressors. With a little perseverance and dedication to living a healthier lifestyle, you’ll be feeling on top of the world in no time!