Hello, hello, hello, everyone!! I hope you are feeling good and healthy.
Today I would like to emphasise the importance of maintaining ourselves free from stress. I am the first one who stresses out when lots of things jumble up. But we all need to try our best to eliminate the stress.
Stress Awareness Month started in 1992, with the intention of providing causes and cures of our current stresses. It takes place in April and this year we are living in challenging circumstances but this is not going to stop us from controlling our stress.
I would like to share with you some guidelines that help me release stress. You might already do some of them, and if not, I hope it helps you.
1. Recognise that you are stressed
What makes you stressed? Assignments, money, friends…
2. Make a list of priorities
When I am stressed, I always try to list the things that are the priority to complete. This helps me organise myself and gain control.
3. Listen to music
This helps me a lot to release tension and helps my mind feel calm and focused.
4. Carry out some physical activity
This is one of the best ones. Although I am not a very sporty person, I try to take some time out of my day to do some exercise, dance or even yoga.
5. Have enough rest
What helps me a lot is having a hot shower before going to bed. I feel a lot more relaxed. Also, if I am worried about something and it’s not allowing me to sleep, I write it down.
6. Don’t forget to breathe
This is something I forget. I am so focused on the stress that when I take deep breath I realise that I am not breathing enough. I try to breathe in and hold it for 5 seconds and then breathe out.
7. Have fun
I try to combine something that I don’t like with something I like. When I am productive, I tend to allow myself a treat such as watching Netflix or any other thing that makes me happy.
8. Speak about it
I am a person who likes to keep everything to myself. However, when I talk about my stress, I feel much better and supported.
9. Being realistic
This is a challenge I am working on. I tend to tell myself that I can complete all the tasks in one day and then I feel bad when I don’t complete it. I am working on being more realistic and instead of writing lists and lists, just do it bit by bit.
10. Be positive
I know that in these circumstances it’s hard, and you will have days where you find yourself low, but we can’t allow that to continue for longer than it needs. When I feel low, I try to block those thoughts by watching YouTube videos, texting friends or even watching a film – anything that doesn’t allow my brain to think.
The brain is very powerful and even if one day you are feeling great, another day you might not even remember that you were happy just seconds before. Therefore, we need to be conscious when this happens and instead of finding a thousand reasons for why we feel like this, we can instead block those thoughts.
“Think of the happiest things, it’s the same as having wings.” — Peter Pan, Walt Disney.