Hello, how’s your week been? I wish I could say mine’s been great, but that would be a lie. See, I’ve been dealing with this thing called stress. I’m sure you’ve come across it
a time or two every week, so you know that it’s not the most fun. Whether it’s work-stress, relationship-stress, school-stress, health-stress (oxymoron?), we all face it every now and then.
At the moment, my every hour has been preoccupied with school and work obligations and it’s taken a toll on my body. When I start falling asleep in my favorite class, I know something is wrong.
Now I’m not going to preach “how to get rid of stress,” because frankly, I have no clue. If you do, hit me up. But dealing with stress is something I do often and I’ve boiled it down to a routine so I can turn to it in times of need.
How I Deal With Stress:
1) I focus on my health. My health, sleep and nutrition become my main concern because I know that if I don’t sleep well or eat well, nothing else will get done.
It means going to sleep at a decent hour regardless of how many pages of Media Law I still need to read.
It means eating nutrient rich foods like fruits, vegetables, avocados, peanut butter, and whole grains. During times of stress some people tend to overeat while others tend to under eat. Both have negative consequences and can even affect our studying and resulting exam grades. I try to treat stressful times, like exam work, like a normal week.
It means exercising. Nothing alleviates stress for me more so than running. But realistically, some days exercise just doesn’t fit into the schedule. So I take it day by day, assess my to-do list and take note of how I’m feeling mentally and physically. Some days I need a relaxing yoga class, some days I want to run the stress out and other days I just rest.
2) I take one day at a time. This is something I always try to do, but I really focus on it during stressful times. Why worry about tomorrow’s events when I’m not there yet? It’s hard to keep focused on the present, especially when you’re studying for an upcoming exam. By reminding myself that tomorrow will come when it comes I release control of the situation and come to terms with the present. There’s nothing I can do except prepare to the best of my abilities and worrying won’t do me any good. In simple terms: relax.
3) I accept help. Admitting to being wrong or messing up is not something I love doing, however, there’s only so much I can do at once. For example, I missed a phone call with my boss yesterday because I misread an email and thought it was today. Normally I would have triple checked the email and put an alert in my calendar, but that was not the case this week. My mom reminded me to not waste my energy beating myself up for these types of things.
Everybody has rough weeks and when things fall through the cracks, it doesn’t mean you’re a mess or doomed for failure. Keep doing the best you can right now and have confidence in your abilities. Don’t worry, I see a well-deserved break in your future. It’s called summer.