Hello there. 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 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. Oh how I love routine P.S. sorry for the lack of pictures…
When Stress Strikes…
1) My priorities shift and immediately my health/sleep/nourishment becomes my main concern. I know that if I don’t sleep well or eat well, nothing else will get done. Enter a grocery run at 9 p.m. because I knew I wouldn’t have enough food for the next day. Being hangry is not my thing. In addition, I usually run to relieve stress but I know too well that running adds extra stress to my body. So I take it day by day and assess how I’m feeling mentally and physically.
2) I take one day at a time. This is something I pretty much always try to do, but I prioritize it more in times of stress. Why worry about tomorrow’s events when I’m not there yet?
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. (<– I often refer to myself or my life as a “mess” until my mom sets me straight and reminds me that’s not the case.) So just 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.
How do you handle stress?