15 July 2015

HOW I DEAL WITH STRESS

Dealing with stress

This year has been a rocky rollercoaster for me. What with starting a full-time job, dealing with uni coursework, and all the little hiccups that have followed me along the way, just brings me with constant stress... and let me tell you, it's not great!

So here are a few things that keep me positive to deal with stress at home and at work...

1) DO MORE OF WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY


Whatever makes you happy, do it! Watching a film, going for a walk, eating Ben and Jerry's ice cream, you name it... do it!

As the majority of my friends are away at university or work full-time like myself, I don't get to see them as often as I would like. So when we do get to meet, it always makes me happy and I look forward to it the most.

2) TAKE TIME OUT FOR YOURSELF


It's all well and good to think of others, but what about yourself? When was the last time you had a bit of 'me' time?

I am one of those people who always puts others before themselves, not like it's a bad thing, but sometimes I just need to take time out for myself, be alone, read a book, and just enjoy my own space. 

3) HAVE THEM LITTLE GUILTY PLEASURES


By them guilty pleasures I mean have that comfort food like chocolate or takeaways (mmm Indian!), watch that film only you like, have your music blasting out loud, sing in the shower etc. These little guilty pleasures all add up to our happiness, and when your happy our stress melts away to the back of our mind!

My guilty pleasure would definitely be eating takeaways and having a nice long relaxing bath. Sure my dad moans with how long I am spending in the bathroom, but when it equates to thinking you are a mermaid, who cares?

4) TRY AND STAY ORGANISED


I am pretty good at being organised because I am an OCD freak... but when I am particularly stressed I notice that things fall off the radar and just makes the stress build up more.

Try to plan your schedule for the day using a calendar to keep on track with meetings and social events. Prioritise tasks to do the most important ones first to get them out of the way, so you won't be stressing about these for long. Remember to take breaks! Short breaks throughout the day relax your mind so you are ready to tackle the next adventure!

5) WHEN IN DOUBT, SEEK HELP!


I find this the hardest tip to abide by (only because I have anxiety and struggle with asking for help), but trust me it helps so much to just talk to someone about your problems. Whether it's a friend, colleague, family member or a doctor; remember you are not alone facing these problems, and someone out there can give you the advice to deal with them.

Recently I was struggling so bad with stress at work that it made me really ill and I had a bad outbreak with acne. By seeing a doctor, I was able to talk about my stress, get advice on how to stay calm and was prescribed medication to help treat my acne which only made me feel more down and self-conscious. I recognised that I needed to seek help and not take the world on by myself, and I think that's the most important message here... we all try and be independent and be the best of who we are, but just sometimes when we need help, we shouldn't be afraid to ask for it.

So that's it, my top 5 tips on dealing with stress. Hopefully, these tips will enlighten you to 'try' and deal with stress also, as they have really helped me out this year.

Do you have any tips on how deal with stress? Then leave them in the comments below.

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