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Some tips on how to instantly relieve stress caused by school and internships.
-Working out: Exercise increases blood flow to the brain and can make you mentally sharper. Nearly any physical activity, walking, running, yoga, or pilates can help release built-up energy. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, exercise not only helps reduce stress, it also functions as a stress reliever by releasing chemicals in the brain that improve mood and impart a sense of well-being. Yoga increases flexibility, strengthens core muscles, lowers blood pressure and reduces stress. Take walks or go on a run to escape the pressures of daily life and enjoy nature. These walks or runs will also help familiarize yourself with your new summer city.
-Be Honest: Learn to say no. If you can&t say no, you will take on tasks you cannot complete. Learn to express yourself so you don&t bottle up your feelings. If you have strong feelings, confront the person in a sincere and non-malicious manner. It will help you will feel better. It may be easier to write those feelings down. If you want to use this method to relieve stress, set a daily schedule for journaling. Always be true to yourself. No one else is going to read it anyway.
-Make time: Escape complex and often stressful real-life situations by making time for fun, laughing or alone time. Laughing releases stress hormones, such as cortisol, epinephrine and dopamine, and to increase health-enhancing hormones, such as endorphins and neurotransmitters. Create and listen to music as a creative outlet. Listen to relaxing music, and you may find that you develop a more calm attitude.