Sleep, a nutritious diet, train assist cut back stress, says the nurse – Campus Present

Audrey Wais

Students who experience more stress as the semester progresses should get adequate sleep, eat nutritious meals, and meditate, says a nurse on campus.

One of the best ways to deal with stress as Finals week approaches is to get enough sleep, an AACC nurse said last week.

Seven to nine hours of sleep a night is ideal, Stephanie Jenkins said during a virtual workshop on stress management and strategies.

“Create a sleep routine,” suggested Jenkins. “Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time each night,” Jenkins said. “It really helps you fall asleep, fall asleep, and get up a little refreshed.”

Limit caffeine and alcohol consumption before bed, according to Jenkinscanlead to bettersleep.

This is how you can eat healthy meals, she said.

“Try to eat a balanced, nutritious meal,” said Jenkins. “It’s not only good for stress relief, it’s also good for our overall health.”

There are three sources of foodtheVitamins and minerals in green vegetables, omega-3 fatty acids in fish, and fiber in fruits and nuts, she said.

“If you arethose who are stressed try to engage in any type of physical activity… Whatever you like to do, ”said Jenkins.She suggestedWalking, cycling, running, jumping ropeandTo dance.

OtJenkins advised how to deal with stress.Journaling, practicing mindfulness by being in the moment,meditate and focus on breathing.

Jenkins recommendedthe “Calm” app, which offers video and audioMessages, along with breathing exercises.

“Stress is normal and necessary”Jenkinssaid. “It’s our flight-or-Combat Response. Stress is a normal part of our whole life and it is actually something we need. Only when this stress becomes overwhelming and stays at this consistently high level can you achieve unhealthy results. “

J.Enkinslisted three types of stress: acute, which is most common;; episodic, which is acute stress that occurs frequently;and extended, Whichcanaffect physical and mental health because of itoccurswhena stressful oneSituation feels hopeless.

Acute stress “is quick but goes away quickly and can be a positive and exciting experience,” said Jenkins. “It doesn’t always have to be a negative experience.”

T.where examplesare of acute stresstake an examandget on a roller coaster.

With episodicStress,“You tend to worry all the timeandYou feel overwhelmed by that stress, ”said Jenkins.

The negative effects of prolonged stress are digestive problems, anxiety, headaches, insomnia, weight gain, high blood pressure, premature aging, and strokeand heart disease, said Jenkins.

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