When I get stressed, I stop eating. I just get so wrapped up in whatever is stressing me out (99% of the time it’s school) and just totally forget about food. So pair the stress of studying for finals with a serious lack of food, you betcha I get sick! I get really bad migraines and even sometimes will actually catch a virus.
You don’t have the food issue, so I won’t focus on that, but to cope with my stress I do a couple things. Lavender works wonders for me. I burn a lavender candle any time I need to study. I also have a bottle of lavender essential oil that I rub on my wrists, temples, and dab on the inside of my bra (near where my heart is). It’s so calming. If you get a headache, mix lavender essential oil with a little bit of peppermint essential oil and massage into your temples. If it’s a bad headache, I’ll also put a little of both on a rag and smell it or lay it over my face.
Also, minimize caffeine and drink a lot of water! Water is so good for your body in so many ways. If you don’t like water or think you’ll get sick of water, try slicing up fruit and letting it sit in your water. Apples, strawberries, oranges, lemons, cucumbers, mint leaves are all really yummy! Strawberries and apples together are my favorite.
Before you go to bed every night, take 30 minutes to “unplug” yourself. Put away your phone, computer, and tv and just get in bed and relax. Read a book, flip through magazines, or just lay down and relax. I like to make a cup of hot herbal tea and enjoy it in bed while reading a book.
One more thing, which sounds TOTALLY crazy but really helps me. When you’re stressed, your muscles get tense and tight. I’ve found that one of the best ways to help me is to lay on my back on the ground (yes, the floor), and reach my arms up over my head, still flat on the ground. I stay there for about 10 minutes and repeat whenever I feel tense. It really helps me.
I hope you find something that helps! Good luck!