Some easy tips for dealing with stress

Q: What are some ways to deal with stress?

A: Although some stress can be good for you—for example, the excitement you feel when you’re on a rollercoaster ride, stress in the long-term is not healthy for anyone. Here are some ways to handle stress naturally:

Be prepared. The Brownie motto holds true as a way to handle stress. Let’s say you have a presentation to make to your class or a job interview you are nervous about, being well prepared and ready to tackle any questions thrown at you will help alleviate your stress.

Work out. The exercise helps to release endorphins (feel-good hormones) and focusing on a fitness activity you enjoy will take your mind off what you’re stressing about.

Say Om. If you’ve always wanted to try meditation, here’s is the perfect opportunity. Whether you try relaxation training, deep breathing or stretching, this practice of guided thinking will help calm your mind.

Keep a journal. Writing about things that stressed you out and how you reacted will help you pinpoint the stressors in your life and you’ll learn how to better deal with similar situations going forward.