Last week was a challenging week for me. I was completely overwhelmed with uni work and everything else had taken a back seat. Like most people, when I feel mentally stressed, I also feel the physical symptoms too: so I was experiencing headaches, backaches, tiredness, as well as a racing chaotic mind. The fact I wasn’t able to keep up with my blog and social media only added an extra layer to my anxiety. This morning I felt myself getting pulled under again with the negative thoughts, so I though, no – this is a brand new week. Let’s make some positive changes. Anxiety doesn’t have to take over your life. So here is what I am doing to reduce stress this week and I thought I would share them on the blog to help others too.
Yoga is quite a powerful tool to change your entire mood and help you feel calm and balanced. I started the day with a 26 minute yoga called Stress Melt on the yoga with Adriene channel and I can honestly say I felt like a different person in less than half hour. Youtube Yoga is fab as you can practice in the comfort of your own home, picking a video to best suit your needs and the time you have available.
Last week, I wrote a post on keeping a bullet journal. By making a plan at the beginning of the week you can visually see all the tasks ahead of you. This way, you can keep on top of your workload whilst scheduling in relaxation time. There is always something calming about ticking off an item on your to-do list as well.
I love Spotify as it has tons and tons of playlists to suit every mood, genre and occasion. I find that listening to chill out mixes really helps to calm my mind whilst I am studying. Music can have an amazing effect on anxiety levels by melting away stress and tension. Whatever your musical taste, I am sure Spotify has a playlist for you.
Plan your meals
When you are stressed, good eating habits go out the window. You either crave a quick sugary fix or you forget to eat anything at all. It can be helpful to plan your meals in advance, to avoid eating the wrong foods for the wrong reasons. Also, drinking plenty of water throughout the day prevents dehydration, enabling you to feel focused and alert.
Do something different
Albert Einstein once famously said: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” This week, instead of spending all my time stressing over uni work, I am going to schedule in some moments where I have to put down my pen and go do something else. I’m talking yoga, fitness classes, playing my guitar, reading a book and so on just to break up my day and focus on something different. Hopefully when I return to the computer I will feel calm, refreshed and energized.
Change your mindset
You have probably all heard the common “fake it, til you make it” motivational statement, and as cheesy as it sounds, I think there is some sense in this. If you constantly think negative thoughts, you will feel drained, tired and unmotivated. But, if you challenge yourself to focus on the positives, it can really change your whole outlook on the tasks ahead. Sometimes just reading a few Pinterest quotes can give you that little inspirational boost to get the day off to a good start.
Remember, you can only do your best, in the time available in any given day. So if you don’t get everything done, tomorrow is always a brand new day with tons of potential and opportunity.
Do you have any tips and tricks when it comes to dealing with stress? I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.