Mental Health Awareness Week - Staying Chill

Posted on Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Written by Kat Nyman

As students, entrepreneurs, or working professionals, we can easily lose track of our ability to chill out during stressful times. This is especially true if we have a lot going on and start to feel overwhelmed. Deadlines, assignments, contracts, midterms, regardless of our lifestyle, things can get overwhelming.

Even if you’re able to handle 45 things at once with little to no sweat, your mind and body need to relax. Make a conscious effort to breathe, stay present, and treat your brain and body with respect. What are some of the ways we can do this?

Tip#1: Deep Breathing for 1-3 minutes in the morning before you start your day
According to Harvard Health, deep breathing helps us to disengage from thoughts that are distracting us, or sensations that are inhibiting our focus. Distracting thoughts are a common by-product of people who have a lot on the go, and deep breathing can be highly beneficial.

Tip#2: SWEAT
It is no surprise that one of the many benefits of exercise, is that it can help us relax during busy or stressful times. Exercise decreases the levels of stress hormones in our body, according to Harvard Health, such as adrenaline and cortisol. It is no surprise that exercise also increases the production of endorphin chemicals in the brain, which is the body’s natural painkiller and mood elevator, which also aids in relaxation.

Tip #3: Do not take life so seriously!
Our tasks, homework, and work can at times takeover our entire world. Well guess what, it’s not that serious. Remember that life is not meant to be serious 24/7. So take time to laugh, smile, hang out with friends, have a Netflix marathon in your bed with your favorite pajamas, or make a cup of tea and curl up with that book you bought but haven’t made time for yet.

It’s all about balance, and it is important to know that our goals are meant to empower us and not immobilize us.

Until next time,
Breathe and step forward,

Gena is a member of the inaugural CBaSE Peer Helper Team. A second year undergrad students who is anticipating law school, Gena is inspired by entrepreneurism and by interesting minds coming together to share their experiences of growth. Aside from being a driven student she is passionate about art, design, social media and personal development.

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place every November on the University of Guelph campus. The annual 1-in-5 Mental Health Awareness Week aims to promote mental wellbeing through a variety of fun and interactive programs. Throughout the week free events are hosted to appeal to a variety of student interests such as fitness classes, t-shirt give aways, workshops, art project and a panel discussion.

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