Handling Stress

Whether it is due to school, work, or just life in general, being stressed can be exhausting and well…stressful.  At times, it can feel impossible to balance so many things at one time and it’s hard to know where to even start.  Since I am currently in the midst of my finals week, I thought there was not a more appropriate time to write address this issue!  Here are five things I do when I am stressed out in order to navigate my way through:

  1. Figure out what it is that is making you stressed and address it.  Is it long-term, short-term?  Who does it involve?  What needs to happen in order to alleviate this stressor?  It’s hard to move past something that is stressful if you don’t even know what it is to begin with!
  2. Create a to-do list and prioritize all of your tasks.  Try to start with the easiest task just to cross something off of your list, followed by the hardest tasks, and then another easy task at the end.  By finishing up the easiest task first, I seem to have more motivation to tackle the tougher ones!  Note: creating a long list may be overwhelming at first, but figuring out exactly what needs to get done allows you to pinpoint where you’re at and where you need to go.
  3. Exercise. I really struggle with this one; if I am stressed out and/or tired, the last thing I want to do is head to the gym.  However, whenever I get myself to the gym, or go for a walk or run, I instantly feel so much better as this allows me to clear my head and focus on something else than whatever it is that is stressing me out.  Plus, by the time I get home and freshen up, I feel way more prepared to tackle whatever task is at hand.
  4. Call a friend. Talking things out with a close friend or family member can be the quickest way to destress!  Personally, I know I wouldn’t be able to manage school, work, and life without venting to my boyfriend every so often!  Just make sure not to drag down whoever you are talking to… negativity can be contagious!
  5. Count your blessings.  While it can be hard to think about the things that are going right during a stressful time, it is so important to remember what you have while you are struggling.  Sitting down and writing/typing out a list of things you are thankful for is a super simple way to feel better, even if it is just momentarily!
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