My thought process increases and my anxiety levels increase when I become stressed. The triggers of this experience are primarily from University work load and my poor time management skills (which I am working on with a newly learned time management technique) only enhances my stress and anxiety levels.
In week one of this journey I have used a 2 different techniques that are known to help reduce stress. Music and exercise.
The affects I have gotten from exercise has been extremely positive for me. I found my stress levels (from a scale of 1 to 10) from a typical 7 or 8 out of 10 reduced to about 4 or 5 out 10. The added benefit of this stress relief activity is I'm recognising the health benefit as a result from physical exercise. I exercised for 3 days in week 1 (Sunday 30/4/2017 to Wednesday 3/4/2017). I enjoyed the exercise a lot to the point where I have decided to do some kind of physical exercise a few times a week from now on.
My experience with music has been a hit and miss as part of my experiment (from Thursday 4/5/2017 to Saturday 6/7/2017). The primary genre of music I have been listening to is pop music. However, I have also been listening to some cultural songs. My stress levels prior to listening to music has been about 8 out of 10, reduced to 6 out of 10 after listening to some music. Although my stress levels reduced just not as much as the results I have gotten from exercising.