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Are You Stressed? How to Cope



Breathing exercises are an excellent way to release the tension and give self a sense of calmness. Short and long term physical and emotional health can be improved with breathing techniques. In addition to relaxation, breathing exercise can help prevent fatigue and improve overall health.

In an article on Onlymyhealth.com, there are simple breathing techniques that you can follow. Read the entire article here

Here are a few other stress relieving techniques that may help busy medical students:

1) Visualization: Picture yourself getting an 'A' on the exam or finishing that paper. These techniques help you calm down and prepare for success. 
In one notable study that appeared in the North American Journal of Psychology in 2007, athletes who mentally practiced a hip-flexor exercise had strength gains that were almost as significant as those in people who actually did the exercise (five times a week for 15 minutes) on a weight machine.

2) Exercise: You've heard this a thousand times but it's true. Exercise helps boost the production of your brain's feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. So take a walk, go to a yoga class, grab a friend and play tennis!

3) Take a nap: Or at least make sure you get enough sleep at night. 

4) Go to a comedy club or listen to a joke: According to the Mayo Clinic, a good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn't just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body. Long term, negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. In contrast, positive thoughts actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.

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