There’s no doubt that you either see, hear or feel the word “stress” on a daily basis. So many magazines, books, tv shows and websites hound people for stressing “too” much, when really, it’s just absolutely impossible to avoid.
Stress in moderation is completely normal and actually necessary for the body to cope and deal with situations. Without stress we’d simply get nothing done and have no sense of reality and time. Think about it. On the other hand, stress can be damaging to some, both mentally and physically, if the individual deals with it in an irrational way. In the past and today I still deal with stress, we all do, but I’ve found balance in coping and accepting it as a normal part of my life. Sure, I definitely have days where I feel like ejecting myself out of a window or punching inappropriate objects, but when I slow down and rationalize my thoughts, I come to terms with the fact that those two examples of dealing with stress are not beneficial to my health at all…and breaking things just isn’t cute in my rulebook.
Here are a few quick and simple ways that I live with stress:
1) Set up a routine or schedule. Sounds absolutely obsessive, I know, but it works for me – I am such a list person, and I have a to-do list in Microsoft Word AND a whiteboard that I update every single night before I go to bed. It not only includes work, but workouts as well – which I usually fit in early in the morning, or in between classes…as long as I have time for a shower, cause I’m not trying to be that raunchy ho in class, you know…that girl. Fitness is important to me, and if it’s not in my schedule a few days a week, chances are I’ll have some serious ants in my pants because movement is necessary for your body. As for work – I set out “blocks” of time for. Each block doesn’t last more than 2 hours, because I’d honestly start pulling my hair out if I work on something/study something for more than that amount of time, and I’m really not trying to rock the Britney hair (or lackthereof) quite yet. I’ll keep ya’ll updated if that changes. Make sure you have time for munching too – I don’t know about you, but if I go more than about 3-4 hours without food I turn into a monster and my stomach gets pissed.
2) Find something to do alone that makes you happy. Yes, it’s obviously super important to surround yourself with friends and family when you’re stressed, but there are going to be those moments at 3 or 4 in the morning that you just cannot seem sane and rational calling a friend and asking him or her to bake cookies with you. Find a hobby, like painting, baking, reading, etc – that you can do on your own that you honestly enjoy. For me, baking and painting does the trick – especially when I can share my baked goods with others. Knowing I can make others happy makes me happy 🙂 I think you’d all agree.
3) Brew a cup of green tea, mix some hot chocolate or grab a cup of coffee and take a bath. It would be totally pointless to go into depth about taking a bath, because ya’ll know that they’re absolutely amazing – and guys may not wanna admit it, but they love them too. Tip: head over to Target/CVS/where ever and grab some Disney Princess Bubbles 😉 it’ll make the bath 10x better, I swear. Basically, any “me-time” you find in your day, make sure it involves self love – something ignored so much in today’s society.
What are a few things you do to deal with stress?
Have you accepted stress as a part of your life, or do you struggle with it?
Peace and love!
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