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Breathe In, Breathe Out

Have you been kind to your mind throughout this pandemic, these protests, and your personal affairs? The world is going through a tough time, so it is important to maintain a good mindset. Everyone has undergone difficult situations, but this year is likely something you've never dealt with. Let's take a look at stress and how we can cope with it in times like these to ensure a healthy lifestyle.

stress

/stres/

noun. a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.


What are the effects of stress?

  • Stress, if not addressed, can lead to anxiety.

  • Stress, causing your heart rate to speed up, can increase blood pressure.

  • Stress, causing rapid and heavy breathing, can strain the lungs.

  • Stress can put your digestive system out of balance.

  • Stress can make your more prone breakouts of rashes and acne.

  • Stress can cause you to gain weight, leading to other cardiovascular problems.


How to Cope with Stress

  • Having a healthy diet

  • Getting enough sleep (7-9 hours/night)

  • Making time for hobbies

  • Seeking help

  • Practicing yoga and/or meditation

  • Doing exercise regularly

  • Learning breathing techniques

  • Massaging tense areas






There are events and situations that are far out of our control. Pause when you are overwhelmed and acknowledge those feelings. Take a break from tuning into the news all the time. Though it may help you stay informed, news can be toxic and cause all your worries.


Breathe in, Breathe out


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