Good morning, and happy Tuesday! I didn’t have a Monday post prepared for yesterday, so it’s been a while since we chatted. After a few days off from blogging, I’m happy to be back. While I wish I could say I’ve simply been on a fabulous vacation, the opposite is unfortunately true. As I’ve referenced periodically over the last few weeks, my hardest-ever course load combined with the pressure of looking for jobs and balancing other activities has my head spinning.
I have always loved to write. Blogging, for me, is an incredible stress relief, so I’m setting the craziness aside and channeling my stress towards something positive: writing a post to help you reduce unhealthy stress in your own life. With that, I’m checking in this morning to share some of the stress relief techniques I’ve learned about recently.
1. Keep a journal– when you feel stressed, write about it! Talking about why you’re feeling stressed can help you to identify some of its common causes over time.
2. Know when it’s ok to say “no”– sometimes, we’re stressed simply because we take on too much. Chances are, that person asking you for something has no idea about everything else going on in your life. I’ve lately realized that I don’t need to be everything to everyone– it’s ok to take a step back sometimes and devote quality effort to a few meaningful things.
3. Take a walk– walking provides an incredible mental and physical release without the injury risks of running! Spending some quality time alone in the great outdoors helps me to clear my head. Seeing the world around me puts everything in perspective.
4. Focus on simple distractions– when I’m stressed, I’ll often set aside 20 minutes to focus on something mindless, like painting my nails or baking. Taking my mind off of a difficult paper or assignment to focus on something slightly less challenging is often therapeutic for me.
5. Look at the big picture– whenever something is bothering me, I’m learning to ask myself: “Will this matter in five years? One year?” Chances are, I often find that I give stressors much more attention than they deserve; in fact they truly mean nothing in the scheme of things!
Let’s face it. We’re human, and we all face stressful situations, most of which are entirely out of our control. Never forget: “Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it.”
Hope you have a fun, fantastic, stress-free Tuesday!
What are some of your favorite ways to handle stress?