© 2016 by Jana Kyriakou, photos by Adela Jezkova and Anna Mogilnicka

Stress management

  • first of all stress is a normal and useful part of our life, it's an evolutionary programmed response of our organism that can save our life

  • stress response of our nervous system can prevent us from running under a car or burning our hand on a stove

  • stressing over school or our social life means we care....

  • .... so let's acknowledge that! Instead of automatically giving stress a negative label

  • the fact that we often catastrophize and think of the worst possible scenarios is also a normal results of our complicated mind

  •  but we can learn not to get overwhelmed by our catastrophizing mind and the unhealthy effects of chronic worrying and chronic stress

  • tools like mindfulness or yoga have been proved by science and millions of teens and adults as effective to calm and befriend our mind

Try this:

1. Breathing exercise: science proved that extended exhalation switches our nervous system from stressing out mode to calming down mode. It's like a remote control to our brain:

  • breathe in through the nose, breath out through the mouth 

  • breathe in through the nose count 1, 2 - breathe out through the nose count 1,2,3,4

2. Movement: researchers also agree on the fact that mental stress is being stored in the physical body as tension or blocks. By movement  we can release the stress from our body and mind:

  • play your favourite song and dance;  shake your arms, legs, the whole body

  • go outside for a run 

  • try yoga or gentle stretching exercises

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