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10 Everyday Tricks To Manage Stress

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Whether it’s stress from finals, family, or simply stress from being stressed all the time, there are small things you can do throughout the day to keep the storm in your brain under control. We all get stressed out at some point but dealing with it is what’s important here.

Here are 10 easy tricks to manage stress.

  1. Avoid Caffeine, Alcohol and nicotine: Avoid, or at least reduce, your consumption of nicotine and any drinks containing caffeine and alcohol. Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants and so will increase your level of stress rather than reduce it. Swap caffeinated and alcoholic drinks for water, herbal teas, or diluted natural fruit juices and aim to keep yourself hydrated as this will enable your body to cope better with stress.
  2. Start a physical activity: Physical exercise can be used as a surrogate to metabolize the excessive stress hormones and restore your body and mind to a calmer, more relaxed state. When you feel stressed and tense, go for a brisk walk in fresh air.  Try to incorporate some physical activity into your daily routine on a regular basis, either before or after work, or at lunchtime.  Regular physical activity will also improve the quality of your sleep.
  3. Get more sleep: This one may seem obvious, but due to the busy schedule most people in general tend to balance these days, sometimes getting enough sleep isn’t a viable option. While most doctors would recommend that adults get around 8-9 hours of sleep on a daily basis, I know plenty of people that are surviving on about 45 minutes. Unfortunately, not getting enough sleep, as many studies show, can lead to increased anxiety and stress. If you find that you don’t have much time to sleep in the first place or there are factors that disrupt your sleep, one way of taking advantage of the time you do have is to turn off all electronics about half an hour before going to bed, since this can help you fall asleep easier. A lack of sleep is a significant cause of stress. Furthermore, stress also interrupts our sleep as thoughts keep whirling through our heads, stopping us from relaxing enough to fall asleep. Rather than relying on medication, your aim should be to maximise your relaxation before going to sleep.  Make sure that your bedroom is a tranquil oasis with no reminders of the things that cause you stress. Avoid caffeine during the evening, as well as excessive alcohol if you know that this leads to disturbed sleep. Stop doing any mentally demanding work several hours before going to bed so that you give your brain time to calm down. Try taking a warm bath or reading a calming, undemanding book for a few minutes to relax your body, tire your eyes and help you forget about the things that worry you. You should also aim to go to bed at roughly the same time each day so that your mind and body get used to a predictable bedtime routine.
  4. Take 20 minutes to relax each day: Relaxing here doesn’t necessarily mean watching TV or being on your phone, but doing an activity that will engage the mind. Even if it’s something simple like colouring or journaling or doing yoga. Ideally, everyone should have 20 minutes to a half hour each day just to themselves.
  5. Have a better diet: As hard as this one may be (especially for anyone that has a sweet tooth like me), cutting down on sugar and processed food in your diet can also have an impact on helping your mood. If you realize you need 8 cups of coffee to function in your daily life, it may not be easy to quit cold turkey, but slowly reducing the amount of caffeine and sugar you put in your body on a regular basis will also be a factor in helping you feel better.
  6. Spend time with friends and family: Social support from friends and family can help you get through stressful times. Being part of a friend network gives you a sense of belonging and self-worth, which can help you in tough times.
  7. Laugh: It’s hard to feel anxious when you’re laughing. It’s good for your health, and there are a few ways it may help relieve stress; it brings more oxygen into your body and organs, stimulates and relieves your stress response and lastly, relieves tension by relaxing your muscles. In the long term, laughter can also help improve your immune system and mood. Watch a funny TV show, hang out with friends who make you laugh and even find humor in your troubles.
  8. Avoid procrastination: Another way to take control of your stress is to stay on top of your priorities and stop procrastinating. Procrastination can lead you to act reactively, meaning you’re scrambling to catch up. This can cause stress, which negatively affects your health and sleep quality. Get in the habit of making a to-do list that’s organized by priority. Give yourself realistic deadlines and work your way down the list. Work on the things that need to get done today and give yourself chunks of uninterrupted time, as switching between tasks (multi-tasking) can be stressful itself.
  9. Take a yoga class: Yoga has become a popular method of stress relief and exercise among all age groups. While yoga styles differ, most share a common goal — to join your body and mind. Yoga primarily does this by increasing body and breath awareness. The the benefit of yoga for stress and anxiety seems to be related to its effect on the nervous system and stress response.
  10. Positive thinking and mindfulness: Mindfulness describes practices that anchor you to the present moment. It can help combat the anxiety-inducing effects of negative thinking. There are several methods for increasing mindfulness, including mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction, yoga and meditation. A recent study in college students suggested that mindfulness may help increase self-esteem, which in turn decreases symptoms of anxiety and depression.

If you’re in sahel and want to practice yoga, ex-BeFit coach and yogi Farah Nofal started her own yoga practice @edenwellnesseg (this is their instagram account) you can find them at Telal next to Lemon Tree & Co. Schedule is on both @farahnofal ‘s page and @edenwellnesseg ‘s.

Nadia Haitham, who is a sixteen year old teenager, fantasizes and creates images in people’s minds using written words. She has always admired the idea of writing ever since she was a little girl with piggy tails and somehow, she’s chasing her dream! Nadia is currently an IGCSE student in The Continental School Of Cairo and she’s in the eleventh grade. They say Nadia is too young but she asks repeatedly, “if I don’t start now, then when?!” She blows her candles on the fifteenth of July, her zodiac sign is Cancer and she’s Egyptian. In 2015, she has written her first completed book that’s called, “Love Of A Teenage Girl” which is published on a writing website called, Wattpad. She has won several awards for the book which she’s planning to publish in the future. Nadia has also written a few other books and created quotes of her own but she hasn’t completed them yet but she’s planning to. She’s into music and learning something new every single day using the help of the social media world. She believes that writing is an underestimated art, it’s exactly like painting colorful images in people’s minds by using words of black and white.

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You Can Now Tweet Your Questions to the Ministry of Health

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You can now have all of your questions regarding the novel coronavirus answered via Twitter, as Egypt’s Ministry of Health & Population has announced a partnership with Twitter to launch an awareness campaign that provides accurate information on the pandemic.

The campaign, called 19اسئلة_كوفيد#0020, will allow us to tweet our questions to the ministry’s official account (@MOHPEgypt) using the hashtag 19اسئلة_كوفيد#.

 

Questions will be answered every Tuesday by the ministry, spokesman Khaled Megahed said.

“The ministry joined Twitter in January to maintain an open channel of communication with citizens on the ministry’s latest health services,” Megahed said.

“Twitter’s expanded rules require people to remove tweets that include denial of health authority recommendations to decrease someone’s likelihood of exposure to COVID-19 with the intent to influence people into acting against recommended guidance,” he said.

Moreover, Twitter will be responsible of deleting any false or misleading information as not to spread fear or any misguidance to citizens.

“Protective measures which are known to be ineffective and are not applicable to the COVID-19 context, and denial of established scientific facts about transmission during the incubation period or transmission guidance from health authorities, among others,” Megahed explained.

Again, we’re very proud of all the strict measures taken by the government to ensure limiting and eventually ending the spread of the virus.

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4 Ways You Can Benefit From Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s Online Services

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We are quite impressed with how entities are doing their very best to go digital amidst this coronavirus scare, in order to keep their audience both entertained and informed with something to do during the quarantine.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina is one of the many entities doing their own share of good to help us stay productive during the quarantine and wisely use our free time.

The library is offering a number of online services, suitable for all knowledge seekers. Here are some of the ways you can benefit from these services!

You can Browse through 200,000 Books Online

The library has uploaded 200,000 books online and is currently uploading their non-literary works on their YouTube channel for a more comprehensive experience.

Online Documentaries

For those who aren’t really into reading, the library is providing a number of documentaries on their YouTube channel. Besides books and documentaries, the channel also offers online conferences and concerts!

‘ScienSee Club for Science & Science Fiction’

The library will organize an online activity of “ScienSee Club for Science and Science Fiction.” This online activity is part of the library’s keenness in delivering cultural services.

The event will start on Wednesday at 8:00 PM via “Zoom” video conference.

Concerts

The library is making sure to inform as well as entertain! Also provided on their YouTube channel is a number of concerts, some of them have already been hosted but can still be found on the channel.

The library also has programs for masters degree students. We are telling you if you’re looking to benefit from your free time, then check our their official Facebook page and YouTube channel for more events.

 

 

 

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The Not So Small Things to Appreciate During and After this Quarantine

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We understand how this quarantine must be affecting your mental health, it is hard after all not being able to embrace the ones you love. Social distancing has surely taken its toll on all of us, but one thing this quarantine has blessed us with is the power of gratitude.

Gratitude and appreciation to what we have at the moment and to what we once had but had taken for granted! This quarantine has given us the time to reflect on ourselves and many things in our lives, it has made us discover hidden talents and allowed us to see the beauty of the not so small things.

We have narrowed down some of the things you should appreciate more during and after this quarantine, with the hope that it gives you hope…

During the quarantine, appreciate:

That You Have A Shelter and A Home

Appreciate the fact that you have a house and a family that makes it home, appreciate that you can afford to stay at home without any worries. We all need a safe haven and we’re all lucky to have one.

Your Family

Appreciate the quality time that you finally get to spend with your family! We have all become so busy with our lives and it isn’t slowing down for us to enjoy some quality time with the family. But this quarantine has blessed us with the opportunity to strengthen the family bond and appreciate their existence even more.

Yourself

Yes, take this time to appreciate yourself and work on your goals. Only if you feel like it! If you don’t have the will and power in you, that’s okay too. But try to take advantage of this time to reflect on all of your choices and make sure that you’re on the right track. If you have doubts, don’t be scared to take a reroute.

Your Hidden Talents

We have all certainly discovered new things about ourselves and dug up some hidden talents, what did you discover? That you’re a talented chef? Or maybe that you can dance or sing? It might be as simple as discovering that you’re good with Tiktoks!

Your Mental Health Capabilities

Yes! Appreciate your mental health capabilities and that it’s helping you stay sane during this tough and stressful times. Others are drowning in overthinking and anxiety, so be thankful for having the power over your mind.

Now, time for the not so small things that you should start appreciating more after this quarantine is hopefully over… 

Social Gatherings

Remember that outing you didn’t feel like going to? Or that family gathering you ditched to stay at home? After the quarantine is over, take the time to see all those you care about, feel the bless of being able to hang out, hug them and just enjoy the feeling of safety and security.

Human Touch

Now, when you see someone you haven’t seen in a while, you run towards them, you open your arms and then you suddenly pause, stop and remember that you can’t even handshake them! We’re currently denied from expressing life’s simplest signs of affection, so when this is over, we should appreciate the human touch even more.

Your Job or School

Having something to wake up to every morning is a bless, having a purpose in life is worth waking up to even if some days, you feel like staying in, remember that feeling you have now and appreciate the beauty of having something to attend to everyday.

Every Single Profession

From the incredible doctors who are currently risking their lives for our own, to the delivery men, the customer service, the cashiers! Every profession matters and from now on, you should appreciate them more and never think less of anyone’s else profession…

Your Favorite Hangout Spot

We often go out and we never realize how precious are our usual hangout spots, we think that it’s boring having to go to the same place, when all that actually mattered is having a place to gather in with our loved ones. So don’t think routine is boring, routine can be comforting at times.

To cut it short, appreciate every handshake, every hug, every kiss, every meal out, every cinema night and every time you step out of the house feeling safe and not paranoid.

After all, we truly are blessed in so many ways ‘and it shouldn’t have taken us a pandemic to realize that…’

 

 

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