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

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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

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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

My Bucket List

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I love goals and having something to work towards and while bucket lists can seem a little morbid, I think they are a great way to think about how you want to spend your time and what you want to have done or experienced in life!  I made a bucket list in 2014 and have since been able to check a few things off!!  So here goes my list of things to do before the day I die…

  1. Have my writing published

  2. Visit all 7 continents

  3. Be part of a TV audience

  4. Go to the Kentucky Derby  2015

  5. Visit New York City

  6. Travel first class

  7. Go to a midnight premiere

  8. Go on a road trip with friends

  9. Participate in a flash mob

  10. Run a marathon

  11. Own an apartment

  12. Own a house

  13. Float on the dead sea

  14. Start a blog 2016

I know I’m going to keep adding to this list as well as cross some things off as life happens but for now here are the 14 things that as of 2014 I want to do before I die.

xo Carolyn

Why I Started Blogging

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For this week I want to take a break from my usual posts and take some time to reflect on why I have decided to give blogging a try.  I know I want to continue growing as a writer and blogger but I also want to remember why I started in the first place.  I believe the desire to have some creative outlet appeared my freshman year of high school.

I had just quit ballet and was not sure where my life was going to take me from there.  Ballet had been my way of escape and release of emotions but started to become too intense and wouldn’t work with my tough high school schedule so I needed to find a something new to put effort into.

It wasn’t until my sophomore year in high school that I discovered the world of blogging.  I started to scope out the blog posts that I had pinned on Pinterest and my interest was peaked.  At first I thought I wanted to start a blog with someone else.  I wanted to have someone explore this new world with me but soon realized it would be too hard to find someone with both the same passion and availability as me.  This realization put my plans to start a blog on hold.

The summer before senior year I had figured it out.  I started following some truly successful blogs and I began to learn what made those blogs fun to read and explore.  I picked a name and had a plan and am finally putting that plan into action.

I have always harbored a passion for writing but now I can take it to the next level.  I have found a way to write with a purpose and share my thoughts and ideas with others.  This is only the beginning of my journey and I can’t wait to share my journey with everyone and I hope y’all have patience with me as I take the steps to grow as a writer and blogger.

xo Carolyn