We want to know how you deal with stress. Do you go for a long run? Talk to your best friend? Let us know!
Then, take the quiz to understand the science of stress and to learn how you can relax.
Sources: “BAM! Body and Mind,” by the Centers for Disease Control, with thanks to the Federal Resources for Educational Excellence by the Dept. of Education.
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Skipping meals will:
If you’re constantly skipping breakfast, it could be a hidden sources of stress. Hunger elevates your stress levels. Try to get 25 percent of your calories from breakfast.
A stress-busting PB&J should probably have more:
Sugary stuff like jelly, candy and soda will only make you crash and shoot your stress levels skyward. Protein– like peanut butter, chicken or tuna– helps give you sustained energy and less stress.
Which is most true?
Stress hormones help you remember the gritty details of a stressful situation (so you can avoid ones like it in the future), and make it difficult to remember non-stressful things happening at the same time. This can leave you forgetful, confused and short-tempered.
Endorphins _____ your stress levels.
Endorphins are natural “feel-good” chemicals your body releases. In addition to helping you not freak out over stressful situations, they help you to think more clearly, too.
To boost your endorphin levels (and lower your stress), you should:
Your body releases endorphins when you exercise. You don’t have to join a sports team or hit the gym (but it couldn’t hurt). Just going for walks on a regular basis will help bring your overall stress level down.
There’s no truth to the old saying, “laughter is the best medicine.”
You should probably opt for antibiotics over Adam Sandler if you’ve got a drippy cold, but yes, laughter is a scientifically-proven stress buster.
Consciously breathing slower can lower your stress.
Here’s a quick fix for those moments when you’re about to boil over: Shut your eyes, breathe in through your mouth for five counts and out through your nose for five counts. Repeat until you calm down.
Fatigue leads to stress.
When you’re over-tired, it’s much more difficult to think clearly and problems often seem bigger than they are.
Stress leads to fatigue.
Yup, it works this way, too. Stress hormones override a neurochemical called serotonin and keep you up at night.
Increased serotonin levels:
Serotonin is a chemical in your brain that helps you sleep and keeps you from getting depressed. You can boost your serotonin levels by getting regular exercise.
I find that the helps me. Also just lying down.
I find it very hard to get rid of my stress. I’m constantly under pressure with school, sports, family, etc. Kids definitely have too much on their plates these days
when im stressed i hangout w friends play with my dog or listen to music
When I’m stressed I normally keep to myself. Try to be myself to myself actually. Thinking always do. But hey, everyone’s different. (:
When i am stressed i will exercise listen to music or hang out with my friends.
I usually take deep breaths , calm down and think good things
i usually just listen to music or go outside
I usually lie down and take deep breaths. I listen to music and drink plenty of water.