Quick tips to maintain wellness


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Enjoy Music

One of the easiest ways to feel relaxed amid the stress of the school day is to sit back, put headphones in and listen to music until all of your problems fall to the back of your mind. Beyond just listening, playing music and having an outlet to creatively express oneself allows you to take a break from the real world and do something fun and innovative, boosting your confidence levels. Research has even shown that playing music results in lower levels of the hormone cortisol, meaning that music has scientifically been proven to lower stress.

Drink Hot Tea

Having a cup of tea, the quintessential “self-care” drink, is one of the easiest ways to reduce anxiety. A wonderful hot drink, especially in the winter, tea is a tasty beverage that actually has scientific benefits. Before you buy tea bags, make sure to do research about the types, because the benefits of tea can include anything from relaxing muscles to reducing anxiety, depending on the ingredients.

Self-help Books

Not only can books provide an escape from reality by letting you get lost within a story, there are many self-help books that are useful for maintaining wellness. A few that English teacher Tarn Wilson recommends include “The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook,” which helps readers overcome mental struggles, and “How to Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and rise above Social Anxiety,” which deals with anxiety-specific challenges.