Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Stress Less

Hi there!

If you happen to know me, you know that I stress out very easily. It's said that it's okay to stress a little bit but my stress is sometimes way over the top. Now that I know it I can easier try to recognize it and keep it under control. Here are some tips and/or examples what I do.

1. Good self-esteem
If you feel good about yourself and you know your strenghts, it helps to increase self-esteem. This may take some time and building a self-esteem can be a challenge. But remember, everyone worries somedays and doubts their abilities, that doesn't equal low self-esteem.  If it becomes a habit then it's time to start do really pay attention to oneself.

2.  Find something else to think about
Find a nice hobby or read a good book. Anything that distracts you from your stress is really helpful. But remember that you eventually have to face your reality and escaping it forever is not an option. So if you are have an exam to study for or a deadline, you should do that too. So that's why...

3.  Plan your time and get things done on time
Let's say you have to do a project and you know it takes a while. Plan your work. I know that if I do something at the last minute I will stress and it won't get me anywhere. If just possible I plan when and how much I'm gonna work on that project so that I have enough time to do it as well as possible. I always have a calender with me in school. Also, stick to your plans and do your stuff on time. 

4. Remember to talk/write about your stress
Don't suffer alone. Talking to your friend and hearing encouraging words from them really helps. I think everyone has someone they can get serious with and talk about stress and negative feelings. If you rather keep things to yourself, try keeping a diary. Writing your problems down can also help you sort out your thoughts and see more clearly. 

5. Relax/Pamper yourself
Try to take it easy too. I myself like to do pamper evenings. The internet is full of nice pamper evening ideas but I usually just create my own. I try to have at least one evening a week as a pamper evening. I take a long nice shower, exfoliate my skin from head to toe, moisturize, drink tea, maybe eat something sweet if I want, paint my nails and just really pamper myself. Just showing some love to myself. I've earned it and so have you :)

6. Balance your work and leisure time
Don't write your calendar full of work. There should be some free time every day so you can relax and load your batteries for the next day. And I'm not just talking about sleep even though it's also very important. 

7. Know your limits and have realistic goals

And adjust them to your life situation. It's clear to me that I can't pile up all of my homework for one day so I try to think of a better way to do them. I know I can't get and A in maths so my goal grade differs in every course I have.

8. Healthy lifestyle
Yes, yes, yes, you've heard it a million times but it's actually true. Eating well, sleeping enough and being active helps to lower stress. Everyone had their own idea of a healthy lifestyle. However, this is something a lot of people stress about too. Are they healthy enough? If they do things differently, is it healthier? Should they be more healthier? ect. No. Don't do that. Too much unnecessary stress. 

9. "I did a good job"
Say after me: "I did a good job!" Did you say it outloud? If yes, I like you already. Praise yourself sometimes. It's good for you :) Because you did a good job.

10. Try to find an encouraging enviroment
An encouraging enviroment can be quite difficult to achieve because it isn't always up to you. Surround yourself with encouraging people or study in a clean room. Whatever helps you to lower your stress. One thing for me is cleaning. While I clean up I lower my stress because I'm active and then after that my room is spotless which makes me happy. So then I can concentrate better. 
So guys, stress less!
Until next time! Take care!

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