Managing Stress

Stress is very real and too much of it can be detrimental.  It used to be difficult for me to manage stress and a busy life but recently I have been able to deal with it in a way that I still manage to get everything done without letting life get too overwhelming.  Here are some of the tricks I have learned that will hopefully be applicable to any stressful situation you come across!

1. Make Lists


Sometimes just putting things down on paper can reduce some of the stress.  Making lists can make the tasks at hand appear a lot more manageable.  Plus you have the added bonus of getting that sweet feeling of satisfaction after checking off something on the list.

2. Go for a Walk


The exercise and outdoors can do wonders for the mind and body.  Take your pet or some good music and go for a stroll around the block.  I can assure you, you will come back feeling refreshed and ready to tackle that to-do list.

3. Take a Creative Break


Everyone needs an outlet and sometimes it is in times of immense stress that a creative outlet comes in the most handy.  I love to play guitar or piano but if instruments aren’t your forte, there are plenty of other activities to rest the brain while engaging it in other activities such as baking, hand-lettering, drawing, painting, etc!

4. Get Things Done Early

This tip is more useful for avoiding stress than dealing with it but I think it’s still worthwhile to mention.  Procrastination can be so easy, especially with social media and Netflix to keep you entertained for hours at a time.  However, there are too many benefits to just getting the work done early giving you plenty of time to binge watch without the guilt of unfinished tasks hanging over your head.

5. Sleep


Yes, it can be so easy to stay up ridiculously late to finish everything you have to get done.  However, the effects of that sleep loss can be worse than not getting everything done.  Sometimes the best thing to do is to put the work down and go to bed.  Then you will be able to wake up and feel refreshed and ready to tackle anything the day throws at you!

No, I am not an expert on stress-management and yes, sometimes I don’t take my own advice.  But I am working to manage the stress that is in my life and these five things have helped me get to be a second semester high school senior with minimal stress and a happy attitude.  Comment some of your own stress-management techniques!

xo Carolyn


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