How Do You Handle Stress?
Unfortunately, the draft was not saved. Only 2 lines. Ouch. There goes 15 minutes of my time, wasted. Or was it? Hey I learned a lesson; write in a Word Doc and cut/paste later. My fault of course.
A few things went through my mind, a few stressful thought:
- Damn I just wasted 15 minutes!
- Why did I make such a stupid mistake?
- Now I need to rewrite the darn post…..OK to heck with that, a NEW post
- Ok things are not so bad
Handle and Overcome Stress
I decided to go with the last thought. It makes me feel good. It makes me feel better which is the first step.
I’m a chronic stress-er. I have so much anxiety about things so I stress out when something could enhance my anxious tendencies. Stress is a normal part of life, and we have a lot to stress about! From school to socializing to extra-curriculars to family and friends, there’s a ton of stuff going on in life.
And none of that stuff stops, which means stress doesn’t stop. Ugh! If you don’t know how to handle stress and calm yourself down, it can actually be really harmful to your health.
Too much stress can cause inability to sleep, high blood pressure, rapid breathing, anxiety and depression and more! There have been several times that I’ve gotten a cold right after a big test because I was so stressed my immune system freaked out.
Fortunately I know how to handle my stress now, and I’m going to pass some of that wisdom along to you.
Stress can be magnified when you have way too much on your plate. If you say “Yes” to doing too many things whether it’s meeting up with a lot of friends in one day, helping someone study or agreeing to an after-school activity, you’re going to burn yourself out.
You have to remember that you and your responsibilities are your priority so you don’t have to say yes to everything that comes your way. If you pile up too much, you’ll be super stressed and have a breakdown. If a friend asks you to hang out and you have a ton of homework, it’s okay to say no!
I’m a serious coffee addict, but when I’m stressed the caffeine makes me feel worse. One day during finals week in college, I drank so much coffee that my body flipped out and my heart was beating really fast. Don’t do that.
I’ve never really been a hot tea girl, but it’s been one of my anti-stress staples since that day. Now, I reach for calming teas with chamomile and lavender that have soothing properties before bed to help me unwind.
This is science! As Elle Woods once said, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.”
You might think you’re too stressed to fit in time to exercise, but seriously take like 15 minutes to do some crunches, push-ups and jumping jacks. Go for a quick jog. Just do something!
Yoga falls into the exercise category, but it deserves it’s own space. Practicing yoga is wonderful for dealing with stress management. Yoga not only works your body, but your mind as well.
Practicing yoga helps you get out of your stressed head-space while stretching. Every time I do yoga, I come away feeling a million times better and way more relaxed.
If you’re doing eighty things at once, you’re going to crack. While you’re studying, take small breaks to not think about that test. Grab a snack and just do nothing for 10 minutes.
It’s easy to just want to power through tasks when you’re stressed, but you need to take time to stop what you’re doing and chill out for a few minutes.
I’ve found that being organized is the easiest way for me to prevent stress. If I map out everything I need to do in lists or write down things in my calendar, I don’t get as stressed. If you have all of these things jumbled in your head, it can be very overwhelming.
Get a day planner and write down everything you have to do. Seeing it written out is much less scary than trying to sort it out in your brain!
These are just a few ways to deal with stress. It really helps to do all of these things as preventative measures so you don’t end up seriously stressed out and feeling awful.