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  • Writer's pictureRashidi Kabamba

Stress Management: Poetry

"Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words" - Edgar Allan Poe

Writing a poem, creating my rhymes, relieving my stress, enduring the times!

Stress is inevitable, it comes in different shapes, forms, and sizes, whether it's at work, school, relationships, family, etc. Stress will always be present in your life and that's why I have been doing my best to figure out ways to combat this issue. According to a report by Deloitte Wellness reports, mental health's economic spending for the Canadian government in the next thirty years will be $2.5 trillion dollars. Therefore, it's important to create products and services in order to aid this predicament and help the Canadian populace with various coping mechanisms so that this amount of spending can decrease and Canadians can live a more healthier life which will result into a more efficient workforce.

Now one coping strategy that I have always used for my own mental health is poetry. Creating my own jingles, poems, and affirmations and say them out loud to reassure myself that I can continue and keep going on. Music secretes a hormone in your brain called oxytocin which is called the love hormone, which is a counter to the stress hormone cortisol so your stress is relieved instantaneously. One practical example of this is when I created a poem for mental well-being and through that was able to share that to Fanshawe's Interrobang last February for Black History Month.


Kelsey Currie my entrepreneurial mentor at Leap Junction heard about this opportunity to get into Interrobang in order to contribute to Black History Month and I immediately jumped on it because being a positive example for the Black community is imperative and well needed. Therefore, I created a poem called Serenity. Serenity is an important concept because it is a state of mind. Being serene, means you have self-control, and are calm, cool, and collective. When it comes to stress, your sympathetic nervous system is affected so as a result, you have massive amounts of adrenaline rushing through you so it makes you liable for diseases. Therefore poetry enables you to trigger your parasympathetic nervous system which allows you to breathe and regulate your breath so you can have ease, feel calm, and think accordingly.

When you have your wits with you, you can create positive solutions in order to solve problems right in front of your face, that's why I love poetry because it has so many psychological as well as physiological benefits. Each and everyday I go through stressors, I write my rhymes, feel the vibes, and endure the times. I hope you enjoyed my blog, and stay tuned for the next one! Peace! :)

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