Living A Low Stress Life


De Stress by Reading: Love, by Jerry Spinelli. Photo courtesy: Kaleigh Porcu, November 11, 2020.

Kaleigh Porcu and Jocelyn Gonzalez

     Stress can have a big impact on the way people act. There are many people that need to know ways to cope with stress. Living a healthy lifestyle is important.

     Stress is an ongoing problem that happens in everyone’s lives. It is a simple term used by many people; most of the time it is misunderstood or used to describe the condition of a person. This plays a large part of everyone’s daily lives; many people have learned to manage stress or have been placed on some type of medication to control this. In the world today, there are many causes and effects of stress but only a few different ways to help manage and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

     When it comes to school stress, Amanda Grisier, sophomore at Albertus Magnus College, has seen some extremes. She says, “Some of my friends have cried due to getting low scores on assignments.” Grisier states when she gets stressed, “I usually draw, read a book, listen to music, or go to the beach. It makes me calm down. Music is my happy place.” Music has a big impact on the way we act and it can make us feel more positive about ourselves.

     In an article called, The Power Of Music To Reduce Stress, written by Jane Collingwood, it is scientifically proven that music makes us more calm. It states, “The soothing power of music is well-established. It has a unique link to our emotions, so it can be an extremely effective stress management tool.” Listening to music has big benefits. Listen to it while you’re working on a project, just relaxing, or when you’re with friends.

     Amanda Trinidad, a therapist at the Child and Family Guidance Center in Bridgeport has seen some different versions of stress with every patient she has. Trinidad says, “I think stress is induced by environmental factors and perception depending on what’s happening or what the situation is. It can be difficult to manage if you don’t have the right tools and it can cause physical symptoms along with mental health issues.” 

     Trinidad also gave us some tools that could be used. She says, “Could be deep breathing, meditation, talking with friends, getting a therapist, writing in a journal, doing an enjoyable activity that makes you feel happy.” 

     The combination of all these techniques will go a long way in helping people manage and decrease stress levels. Of course, not everyone responds to each sensory experience in the same way. The key to quick self relief is to experiment. Figuring out what works best is going to have a bigger impact than something that doesn’t help.