The first bit of advice that I always give someone is to take deep breaths. Yes-- it is proven to lower stress/anxiety levels. The other day, Jess texted me about how she was freaking out because she was not prepared for a test she had that day. The first thing I texted her back was "breathe baby". My favorite remedy is to take 4 deep breaths and hold each for 5 seconds with your eyes closed. Repeat until calm.
2. Go to your happy place
Go where you heart is happy. For me that is either at the gym (or somewhere in an exercise state of mind) or at my Grandma's grave. Both of those calves bring me to a calming state. I feel comfortable and free for the time being, like all weight has been lifted off my shoulders. Wherever you can feel this, go there and just exist for a few minutes.
3.Send someone some love
Nothing like putting effort into making someone else smile to help get your mind off things.
4. Use the feedback system
It is there for a reason, because it works. The three parts of the feedback system are the receptor, the control center, and the effector. The receptor senses the problem and sends the information to the control center. The control center is the brain, and here they figure out how to handle the problem at hand. The effector carries out the response to the problem, following the instructions from the control center. Create your own little feedback system and take control of your life.
5. Time takes time
Not all problems are able to be resolved, at least not right away. I can't stress enough that time takes time. Time try;y does heal all wounds. You cannot do everything, take a seat and let life take it's course... just roll with it!
6. Try to stop the snowball effect
Something that always happens to me when I get stressed is that I let every little thing get to me. Just because one thing is going wrong, does not mean that everything is. And in the off case that everything is going wrong, take one situation at a time. You are just one person, you can only do so much. Do what you can to fix a situation then move on to the next. You don't have to fight everything at once.
7. Make a list of ways to overcome it
Kind of like this ;)
8. Get your mind off it
During every semester, I always use the excuse that I don't have time. Which is a lie. How do I not have 30 minutes a day to spare on something to make me happy? Sometimes taking 30 minutes or even an hour to clear your mind is necessary. Try something like doodling, going on a long drive, calling a friend, coloring, downloading a new app, watching tv, taking a nap, going for a walk, baking something, or hug a dog. There are so many things you can do that can help get your mind off stress, try one!
9. Take it out, cry it out, laugh it out
Do what it takes to get it out.