By Summun Jafri We all face stress inducing challenges in our lives, for example writing exams or going for job interviews. It’s important to acknowledge the affects that stress and anxiety can have on our well being. Here’s a list of techniques to help you overcome nerves, stress, and anxiety before, during, and after stressful events. stress_management1
  1. Prepare yourself – This can include doing your research or studying before hand. You can never be too prepared. When you’re more prepared you can feel more in control of the situation.
  2. Treat yourself – It’s important to allow your mind to escape from the stresses, even if it’s for a short while. Do something that can act as a distraction and put you in a good mood.
  3. Exercise – Exercising is a great way to relieve tension as it boosts certain chemicals (endorphins) in the brain and can therefore create more positive thoughts and clarity.
  4. Sleep – I’m sure you’ve heard this one before. Never underestimate the power of sleep.
  5. Eat breakfast – There are so many great breakfast foods that are also great brain foods. Bananas have natural beta blockers which help with nerves. Oats help relieve anxiety, stress.
  6. Be aware of your caffeine and sugar intake – Although these foods can wake up the brain, they can also increase anxiety levels.
  7. Drink tea – Black tea is still caffeinated, but not as potent. Chamomile and peppermint are great at calming.
  8. Keep hydrated – Drinking your 8 daily cups is beneficial to your body in too many ways to list.
  9. Breathe – Breathing is a way of simply meditating, it can regulate your heart rate and create mental clarity.
  10. Fresh Air – Fresh air can be refreshing and relaxing and the temperature change can create alertness.
  11. Stay positive – Stay optimistic and avoid negative thoughts. Visualize success.
  12. Pressure points – The middle of your hand is a pressure point, by pressing on it you can relax your mind and ease anxiety.