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Take time to de-stress your senses

As the New Year progresses, many are overcome by all that it brings — new people, places, jobs, and more. Even before the new year begins, there is the stress over Christmas, gifts, and traditions. The Holiday season is extremely fun but ever so stressful. Stress is no way to go through the holidays; they’re supposed to be enjoyable! It sometimes seems that the stress flows through the body. It’s time to de-stress those senses both for the holidays and the entire year. 

Visual To reduce stress on your eyes, dropping technology will help. The brightness of a small or large screen can strain eyes. Particularly with having to use laptops for educational purposes, reducing time on technology can be difficult.  Take a break and designate periods free of technology, even if it is just half an hour or so.

Auditory According to an article on MED Network for Health, studies have shown that music can enhance cognitive functioning and reduce stress. Not only does it increase brain activity and increase productivity, but it is enjoyable.

Taste As for stress, people usually rely on the extremely unhealthy, comfort food that does more harm than good. It is possible to get the same great tasting food, while also relieving  stress. A major comfort food is chocolate. Chocolate itself usually makes everyone feel better, but sometimes a little guilty. Luckily, chocolate isn’t all bad. Dark chocolate particularly is known to lower blood pressure and to add a feeling of calm.

Oatmeal causes the brain to produce serotonin, a feel-good chemical.  Serotonin has antioxidant properties as well as it also creates a soothing feeling that helps overcome stress.  Milk is another stress-reducer. The protein lactium in milk has a calming effect for the body because it lowers blood pressure. The potassium in milk can also help relieve muscle spasms triggered by feeling tense , according to Men’s Fitness,

Smell For the nose, the best way to combat stress is aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is the use of aromatic plants, with a strong smell and essential oils used in massages, baths, and lotions. The aromatic plants include peppermint, rosemary, sandalwood, sweet orange, tea tree, and lavender. The ones that mainly treat stress and anxiety are sandalwood, sweet orange, and lavender. Lavender, in particular, has been studied for the ability to reduce stress, as well as anxiety.

Touch The sense of touch itself releases oxytocin, which improves the mood of people, as well as makes them feel better. Cuddling, snuggling and hugging can reduce stress, whether it be with a significant other, family member, or just an animal. Getting a massage or taking a warm bath can help too. Just by taking a warm bath, one can increase the oxytocin flow in the body.

About Jordan Lau

Junior Jordan Lau is an Journalism I student and staff reporter. She is involved with Service Club and is an Ambassador at McNicholas. She enjoys spending her free time listening to music and spending time with her family, friends and cats.

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U.S. Representative and U.S. Army Reserves Colonel Brad Wenstrup presents WWII veteran Frank "Bud" Buschmeier with the French Legion of Honor Medal on Nov. 10 during McNicholas's Veterans Day assembly. Following the assembly, McNick hosted its annual Veterans Day Breakfast to thank veterans and active service-members for their service to the United States.

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