Students share ways to combat stress


photo or infographic by Emily Meachen

Exercise, yoga, breathing exercising and running can help with stress. Many students are looking to these activities during the pandemic.

by Charnell Haywood, VOW co-editor

Sit back, take a moment, and breathe. Stress is a staggering, uneasy emotional feeling that both the young and old endure at some points in time. The reality is how a person deals with it to defeat its present from taking over. 

Stress can be dealt in a lot of ways, but it all depends on each person and how they react with certain things. 

“It depends on the person, but in my experience, first decide if the thing that’s causing you to stress is in fact stress worthy,” junior Brianna Manuel said. “Things like yoga, breathing exercises, talking through the problem out loud and prayer can help.”

Staying around family can put a person in a better mood. Isolating isn’t safe or will help a person come out of stress. 

“I’d say just opening up to a friend or family member can lighten up the mood,” senior Ryan Springs. “Isolating physically from everyone is hard enough as it is, but at least we can still connect emotionally to the people we care about.”

Distracting oneself can ease the tension of stress because a person is no longer thinking about what was stressing them out. When the mind is distracted it no longer thinks about what was happening before the distraction. 

“The best way to deal with stress is to distract yourself by doing something you like,” senior Abby Rios said. “Whether that is singing, baking or dancing. It is important to take it a day at a time.”

Focusing on faith will put a person at ease during hard times. It is always good to have hope during desperate moments.

“As Christian I turn to God for everything, senior Naidiya Knight. “Then I focus on the bright side and try to find the good in every situation I get involved in because stress to me is getting stuck inside a black deep cold hole with nowhere to turn, but one little thing always peeks at me called hope. It’s the light in the darkness, and I hang on to that light.” 

Physical fitness can help relax the body of tensions and can allow the body to rest. 

“Stress isn’t something that just damages your train if thought, but also you physically being as well so when it comes to handling stress the best approach is to kill two birds with one stone with a method that helps relieve both body and mind,” senior Alyssa Dijkshoorn said. “Exercise comes full circle in helping your overall being and perfect for handling stress which regulates mood and improves your ability to sleep.”