A Stressful End to Summer?

September 14, 2010

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I’m sure I’m not the only one who is reluctantly bidding farewell to summer, but why does it always seem that as summer nears its end, the endless “to do” list begins to grow and what should have been a care-free, relaxing end starts slipping away. A stressful end to summer, that doesn’t sound right. Summer should be about spending time on the beach, catching up with friends, and eat ice cream on a hot afternoon, not running around getting your back-to-school essentials. Feeling under enough stress already with classes and work beginning, we could all use a little help trying to unwind.

Living a stress-free life, as if anyone even knows what that feels like, is all part of living a life of health and well-being. So, in an effort to make it through the fall season pleasantly unstressed, here are some tips the American Institute of Stress (AIS) offers to help you reach relaxation. AIS states that “the key to reducing stress is to prevent it”. This means, eating right, getting at least 8 hours of sleep, and exercising regularly. I feel organization is the key to avoiding stress. If you are able to complete your work effectively, this leaves time for fun and time to unwind. There are plenty of resources here at UNH that can help you to get organized with your work, offer help with studying, revise your resume if you are looking for jobs, a nutritionist to help you refocus poor eating habits and even personal trainers to help you boost endorphins and help you get back in shape. Combining these aspects of health and well being will make a happier you and make the end of summer and start of school not stressful, but stress-free!


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