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How to manage stress in a *very* stressful world

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No matter where we live or who we are, we've *all* felt stress in some way. We're currently living in a *very* stressful world. The feelings of uncertaintly and no control have made stress levels higher now more than ever. It's natural to experience stress, so we're here to help you manage it.


So, what exactly is stress? Stress is emotional or physical tension that can cause emotions (like anger or sadness). Essentially, stress is our body's reaction to a changing world. You might be experiencing stress rn from schoolwork, changing relationships or the effects of COVID-19. 

Stress is mental, but it's also physical. Some common signs of stress include feeling "out of it," experiencing headaches or feeling fear and worry.

If you're feeling overwhelmed rn, we have the top tips for managing stress in a *very* stressful world. 

Take a break from your screen

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Staring at a phone or computer screen for a long period of time can hurt your eyes. Consuming media 24/7 can also hurt your mood. Put your phone down and close your laptop after a long day of school to give your brain (and eyes) a break. If news is overwhelming, take breaks from reading, listening or watching media; regroup with your fave apps when you're feeling better. 

Treat your body with care

Are you feeling anxious, angry or fearful? Some of the best ways to manage stress is by asking yourself: What does my body need right now? By asking yourself this question, you bring yourself to the present moment and recognize how you're feeling. 

Eat your favorite meal, get a good amount of sleep and move your body in a way that's best for you (dance party!). These small actions can have a big impact on your overall mood.

Talk it out

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Managing stress can feel lonely. Even if we're apart, we can still communicate with those around us. Call a friend or family member that you trust. Connect with your community or a faith-based organization. If stress really gets in the way, there are counselors and hotlines available for conversations and further guidance. Stress is natural — there's no shame in seeking out help from others.

Practice mindfulness

Stress in today's world is often caused by things *totally* out of our control. The one thing we can control is how we react to a changing world. 

Bring yourself into the present moment. Honor how you're feeling through acts of mindfulness: meditation, journaling and breathing. By reflecting on who you are, where you're at and how you're feeling, you can reduce your stress levels and focus on what you can control. 

A popular tool for practicing mindfulness is the HeadSpace. It has a wide variety of meditations for stress relief and how to be more present.

Do something for yourself

Being healthy (mentally and physically) is *very* important for managing stress. If you feel lost in your thoughts, shaky or drained, do something for you. Listen to that new album you bought for your record player, or get out your paints and flow with it. Go for a run to release the tension, read your fave inspirational book or simply sit back and relax. 

Whatever you do, be in the present moment and do what you do for you

Remember, you're not alone in this stressful world. Take every moment one step at a time. You got this, girl!

What's your best tip for managing stress? Let us know on Twitter by tagging @girlslifemag! 

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by Allie Lijewski | 10/30/2020
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