Dealing with stress and frustration.

Health and Wellness., Lifestyle.

From teachers to friends, to work to everything, things can tend to get really stressful and unbearable at times and I’m here to help. Here are a few tips I have:

  • Sleep, you’ll be rested and feel a lot better
  • Rant to someone I promise it’ll help
  • Get a cat, they’re soothing
  • Exercise or at least do yoga every other day because it has a unique capacity to exhilarate and relax, to provide stimulation and calm, to counter depression and dissipate stress
  • GET A PLANNER. I cannot stress that enough. I promise your life will be so much easier.
  • For things not school related, make a list and check it off as you go along. You’ll get a sense of satisfaction and completion and you won’t be so overwhelmed
  • If someone gives you a job and you know you won’t be able to do it don’t agree just to be polite, apologize and tell them you can’t so they get someone who can. If you do say yes you’ll get overwhelmed and frustrated and the job won’t be done right
  • Please, please, please try to get out of the habit of procrastination. Don’t save everything for Sunday night or like some people I know, Monday morning to do things/ last minute. Do small things at a time and you’ll be calmer.
  • Cry. This might sound odd, but crying helps you because they contain a lot of stress hormones which are released when you cry.
  • Smile. Even if it’s a fake smile, your body gives out endorphins and even if you’re not happy, your body will think you are and you’ll slowly become happier.
  • Help others. Seeing the happiness in others creates this feeling in people that makes them calmer and happier.
  • Stay away from other people. If you know you’re stressed, frustrated etc stay away from others because if you’re anything like me you’ll lash out or break down and do something you’ll end up regretting.
  • Find something like an outlet to let all the anger and frustration go to like screaming, breaking things (try pencils or ripping paper), punching a pillow, chewing gum or ice etc. Just find something inanimate so you don’t lash out on someone.
  • Take breaks. Whether it be in between when you are doing homework, studying, or just during the weekend. Go outside, breathe some fresh air, eat, walk around and then come back to whatever you were doing. If you do so your mind will be well rested and you’ll think better.
  • If you’re doing something and you’re really frustrated for example a project etc. just stop. Sleep on it or come back to it in an hour or so, so that you’ll be calmer and have a fresher perspective when you see it the next time. This helps so your work won’t be sloppy and just thrown together.

Remember, if you can’t do something, it’s not the end of the world, you have second chances, extra credit and so much more, it’s not the end of the world and it will be ok.

Good luck guys and I hope this helps 🙂

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Preparing for Tests.

School., Tips.

(Sorry guys I’ve been really busy lately) Since it’s testing season, I decided to post some tips that will help you get ready for any test, especially big ones.

  1. Get your full 8.5 hours of sleep.
    1. Especially the week of. It’s important to have enough energy to be able to have a full functioning brain. Spread it out over an entire weekend and take your time. I know you feel like you have to stay up all night studying, but in reality you don’t, getting more sleep is better than studying all night long.
  2. Eat healthy.
    1. I know this one seems unrelated, but this is just as important. Always eat snacks that are good for your brain.
    2. Here are some foods to help fight stress.
  3. Relax often.
    1. Light some candles, take a bubble bath.
    2. I’ve read that it’s scientifically proven that listening to instrumental music helps with relaxing and staying unstressed during the very stressful week. I love listening to something like this. An important thing to remember is that you should try to not to listen to things with words because they cancel out whatever you’re trying to remember.

STUDYING TIPS

•Use flash cards.
I know everyone says this but trust me, this helps. I have found that vocabulary, foreign language, and math formulas are best to study with flash cards.

•Do not study for more than 30 minutes at a time.
It helps to study on and off. It’s better for your brain, and it helps with stress. You don’t need to sit there for hours on end. You’ll get bored and not remember anything. Take a fifteen minute break every hour or so to give your brain a breather.

•Study more often than the night before.
I usually study about a week or so before my exams. This year, I only take two, so I study both for 1 hour each day.

•Study in a quiet area.
This way you don’t need to be stressed as much. Especially if you go to a nice, calm, clean environment such as a library.

• Do one fourth of your studying with someone else.
If you study the twelve days before your exams, then make sure you study for less than 72 hours with a friend or a family member. I’ve found that I remember more things when I do it with a study group.

•Remember to study with things that align with your study style
For example if you’re a visual learner, look at charts and videos or if you learn better through audio, record yourself reading your notes or whatever.

Good luck,

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Food that helps fight stress.

Health and Wellness., Lifestyle., School., Tips.

We’re all under a lot of pressure lately. Whether it’s school, family or work, a boy, friends etc. these can really drag you down.

The bad news? Things might take a while to get better.

The good news? Your diet, can actually help lift off some of that pressure.

If lately you’ve been noticing that you have been gaining weight, I know I have, stress might be playing a key role in it. Hormones relocate to your stomach when you stress causing belly fat and for you to eat a lot.

Eating the right foods, however, can do wonders. Chinese nutrition views anxiety and stress as the result of kidney and liver imbalances, and there are plenty of foods that nourish these organs, reducing the crazies and enhancing the calm.

Foods to beat anxiety:

Help minimize some of the stress and anxiety in your life by incorporating more of these fruits, veggies and leafy greens into a whole, balanced diet:


Root veggies: yams, radishes, parsnips, beets, carrots and potatoes

Serving Tip: Bake yams, potatoes and beets; juice beets and carrots with greens below, and cook parsnips in a soup with lentils and leeks.


Dark, leafy greens: chard, kale, spinach, arugula and watercress

Serving Tip: You can add any of these greens in a salad or juice.

Sea vegetables: kelp, nori, wakame, hijiki, dulse and kombu

Serving Tip: Sprinkle some in your salad, or add to sushi with brown rice and avocado or to miso broth.

Protein: black beans, black sesame seeds, tofu, mung beans and millet

Serving Tip: Add black beans to chili; sesame seeds on salads or with steamed veggies; sprouted mung beans in curry or in salad; millet instead of rice and tofu with steamed veggies and quinoa.

Berries: blackberries

Serving Tip: Add in fruit salad, smoothie, or mixed with coconut kefir or almond yogurt.

Nutrients You Need

You also want to make sure you’re getting plenty of the following nutrients:

Folic acid

Found in: brown, red and wild rice, beans, oranges and dark greens

Vitamin B12

Found in: sea vegetables, nutritional yeast, miso, fortified and fermented foods. (People with vitamin B deficiencies are more likely to have severe depression.)

Magnesium

Found in: wheat and oat bran, brown rice, nuts and molasses. These magnesium-rich foods support brain function and are helpful for mood disorders, including PMS and bipolar disorder.

Omega-3 fatty acids

Found in: seaweed, walnuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, borage oil and primrose oil. Omega-3 fatty acids help build healthy brain cell membranes and facilitate neuron-to-neuron communication.

Chromium

Found in: broccoli, grapes, oranges and whole grains. Chromium assists with symptoms of depression, particularly for people who also crave sugar. Chromium is a blood sugar stabilizer.

Zinc

Found in: beans, nuts and oatmeal. Zinc helps metabolize omega-3 fatty acids in the brain. Low zinc levels are often found in those suffering from postpartum depression.

Hope these helped.