This is what you should NOT do to reduce stress or it will be worse!

It is impossible to avoid the stress of every day. Homework, responsibilities at home, a busy schedule, expectations from others, disappointments, deadlines, social problems - all of this can be stressful. The stressors of everyday life can add up if we don't keep them under control.

We all feel stress at some point in our life. It is a normal reaction to a change or challenge, but we must pay attention because if the stress continues for more than a couple of weeks it can seriously affect our body. In many situations, we can have the feeling that we are losing control, of being unable to finish everything we have set out to do in a certain amount of time. And even to stop sleeping well at night, waking up exhausted the next day. In principle, you should find out what is causing you stress and try to develop a positive attitude towards challenges. Our thoughts influence how we perceive and act in each situation. Accept what you cannot change without getting upset. If your stress is caused by overwork or activities, learn to set limits and delegate. Ask for help whenever you need it. 

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1. Eating too much, drinking alcohol or smoking, only contributes to worsening your situation, since in addition to constant stress you can suffer from other chronic-degenerative diseases associated with excessive consumption of food, alcoholic beverages, and tobacco.

2. Eating and talking too fast can also make stress worse. 

3. Moving constantly without getting anywhere, does not reduce stress, on the contrary, it makes you tenser. 

4. Getting too full of work does not solve things either, this makes you avoid your problems, it is best to face them and not avoid them.

5. Leaving important things for later will only increase your concern about these things you must do.

6. Sleeping too much or too little only causes you not to focus on what is important. 

7. Trying to do too many things at the same time or fill yourself with commitments will result in you doing the wrong things or looking bad with people. Remember that "he who covers a lot, little squeezes".

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But hey, of course, there are ways to feel much better and more relieved, if you add these five simple behaviors to your routine, they will help you not feel trapped by stress. The keyword is "routine". You need to be sure that you follow these 5 behaviors to enjoy all its advantages.

1. Balance your obligations (like homework) with activities you enjoy (like relaxing or spending time with your friends). It's all about balance: all responsibilities and work and no play and enjoyment are wrong. But if your schedule is so busy that you don't have time to do your homework, that will also stress you out.

2. Organize your obligations. Use a calendar or planning app to record your homework, housework, internship, and other obligations. Of course, planning is useless if you don't do what you plan to do: managing stress also means studying regularly, keeping up with your homework, and overcoming the tendency to leave it all for later. Take the time to reflect a little each day on how things are going for you. What do you need to work on? You do? Do you have time to do it?

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3. Eat healthy foods. What you eat affects your mood and your energy and stress level. Eating healthy does not mean avoiding all delicacies; again, the importance of balance. It's okay to indulge in ice cream once in a while if you eat salad and turkey on whole wheat bread for lunch. But if ice cream and candy are your main source of energy, chances are you are in a bad mood and stressed!

4. Sleep well. This may seem like a piece of cake. After all, who doesn't like to sleep? But getting enough sleep is something to focus on because it's easy to let homework, talking to friends, or too much television get in the way of your time sleeping, no matter how much you like to sleep. 

5. Take time to exercise each day. It's hard to be anxious while taking deep breaths while running, riding your bike down a hill, or playing hide and seek with your friends. Physical exercise not only takes our mind off stress, it also releases chemicals in our brains that help us feel better.

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