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Nursing department chair says yoga could help relieve stress before finals

Staff Reporter

Published: Monday, December 2, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 00:12

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Yoga is an excellent method of stress relief, according to studies on Mayo Clinic’s website. Yoga allows people to control their breathing, which quiets the mind. It not only reduces stress and anxiety, but it also can enhance a person’s mood.

According to Iowa State Daily’s website, after returning from Thanksgiving break, many students are immediately stressed out preparing for final exams.

Dr. Anne Stiles, department chair of Nursing at Sam Houston State University, said finals can be stressful for many college students. Stiles also said that stress affects the whole body.

“It affects every organ,” Stiles said. “Blood pressure goes up, stomach acid and the brain does not function well when under stress.”

Mayo Clinic said that yoga helps in the reduction of blood pressure, anxiety and insomnia.

According to Yoga Journal’s website, yoga is not only for people who are flexible.

Stiles agrees that yoga is a great way to relieve stress and calm the body for finals.

“Yoga is really a wonderful way to relax,” Stiles said. “I fully encourage that. Walking and exercising are also great ways to relieve stress.”

Stiles said that the Nursing Department heeds the same advice.

“Our staff and students do yoga to relieve stress,” Stiles said.

Stiles suggested other ways to reduce the risk of stress during finals week.

“Students need to prepare early, do not cram, eat breakfast with protein and get eight hours of sleep,” Stiles said.

According to Stiles sleep allows the brain to recall all that the students learned during the semester. Taking a walk for 15 minutes, spending time laughing with friends and doing hobbies like crafts helps the mind relax between studying, Stiles advised.

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