Stress Less

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Due to a number of things going on at the moment I have found myself feeling very stressed and overwhelmed. Sometimes things are out of our control so we can't take away the stressful factor. In these cases the only thing we can do is push through and try to stay as calm as possible. These are a few things I have found have helped me and just things to remember in general...

1. Look After Yourself
Self-care can take the back burner when things are hectic or overwhelming. I am someone who forgets to eat when they are busy, which is not good. I also sacrifice sleep, be it through working late or not being able to sleep due to overthinking. Eating and sleeping are two vital parts of our health and should be put before anything. I am still someone who skips lunch when they are doing a lot, but I really am working on it.

2. Take A Moment
When you are on the edge of panic, you need to learn drop what you're doing and take a moment to calm down. You are not going to do anything productive in this time and you are doing more harm than good, so it is crucial to just lay down or do something relaxing for a few minutes. If I'm at my desk I will often open a YouTube video and after the ten minutes have passed I will often feel more level headed and ready to continue with the task at hand. Any activity you enjoy where there is no room to think will help in the very same way.

3. Write It Down
There is nothing that soothes my overwhelmed soul like a list. Breaking big tasks down into bite-sized portions is a tip I have always stuck by and truly believe in. Not only does the task seem more manageable this way, but you have more things to cross off your list, giving you a motivational boost. A big ten page long to-do list can also induce panic, so breaking your lists up on a day-by-day basis so you delegate X tasks to this day and Y tasks to this day makes everything seem so much more manageable. I really love the app "Todoist" as you can do just that and even plan to-dos months in advanced and set notifications if necessary. It's a great way to feel on top of your week and you can access it at any given time through apps and their web version!

4. Say No
There are some instances where saying no comes easily and others where it doesn't seem like an option at all. This is highly subjective, but if you are feeling overwhelmed do not volunteer to do something because you feel guilty. Sometimes you have to put yourself and your tasks first, and while it can be hard, it is necessary.

5. Reward Yourself
During exam periods I tend to not leave enough room to wind down and have me-time as I see it as time not spent studying. It is so important to set aside time in every day just to do something for you, even if it's just taking a bath. These are the times where we relax and let go off what it building up anxiety wise, so it is crucial and should be prioritised.

What do you do when you seem to be reaching the point of panic and how do you wind yourself down?

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48 comments:

  1. I can relate to this in SO many ways. I work in Visual and this time of year is just crazy! Baths always make me feel great and also just doing something I really love for a bit, like taking some photos or drawing. Makes me feel loads calmer :)

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  2. I can relate to this and this has helped me so much thank you :)
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  3. Really enjoyed reading this post! I always watch YouTube when I'm stressed about something, and when I've finished watching a video, I've usually forgotten what I was stressed about in the first place! xx


    Abi | abistreetx.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. Lists are my actual life saver for stress, they are ridiculously helpful!

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  5. Lovely post, the photos are beautiful but I love the message behind the writing even more. I think number 5 is so important, we need to reward ourselves and treat ourselves now and then, if I've had to focus all of my energy on something stressful, I always treat myself afterwards even if it's something a small as buying a nice cake from the bakery! I hope you are having a stress free week :)

    Hayley-Eszti

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  6. What an open and honest idea for a post! I'm so sorry that you've found yourself in a place where you feel stressed and overwhelmed. I am in a similar spot and I hate it, I'd never want someone else to go through it! I've been using mostly all of these tips you've listed, you're spot on with the advice you give! I hope better times lie ahead for you..!!


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    -Stephanie Eva
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  7. Excellent post! Sometimes we need a little reminder, and this just reminded me of the fact that I can say no to thing - lately I've been saying yes to practically everything and it was just wearing me out. Thanks!

    Melane | Pure Perspective

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  8. Totally needed reminding of this right now. So important to treat yourself too! Some people just get caught up in their busy lives and never really slow down. Everyone has to have down time :)

    Bf Gf Does Blogging

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  9. It's always a good reminder to try to pace yourself in order to not crash & burn. Especially with the busy holiday season coming around, this is a great thing to have in the front of my mind!


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  10. Some great tips! I've been overwhelmed with stress lately, I definitely have to look after myself more! x

    Angela | The Sunday Chapter

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  11. It is so, so important yet so easy to forget. x

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  12. Definitely! It is such a simple thing to lose sight of, as well.

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  13. Things will definitely head in a more positive direction, it just might take an adjustment period! I hope that you find yourself in calmer times as well! x

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  14. This week has actually been a lot better! School is starting up for me soon so I hope things simmer down. I love treating myself with food, it is quick, simple and definitely gets the job done.

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  15. I would be so lost without them!

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  16. This is one of the reasons I love YouTube so much! Any video that draws you in or that you can focus on mindlessly is so therapeutic.

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  17. No problem! Thank you for stopping by. x

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  18. Drawing used to be such a big hobby of mine and always relaxed me! I definitely need to try and get into it again. x

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  19. My life has been crazy over past several months and I could see I was getting very stressed and frustrated over small things. (I usually let go of things, for a day or two, to give myself a break when I feel very stressed.) To know when to say 'no' is very important however like you said, it is one of the hardest things to say..

    Grace | N°.21

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  20. Excellent tips and advice its always refreshing to read these posts when your going through a rough patch so thank you! <3

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  21. heyy, I've tagged you on the Liebster award tag because I love your blog :)

    here's the post on what to do, can't wait to read it xx

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  22. That was a great post. I find myself doing ToDo lists alot, when I'm stressed out or when I'm not, it's a great way to use time more usefuly. But, I do however, really like writing list on the actual paper, not in apps (even if I try, I doesn't work with me). The joy of crossing something from the list is higher when I use actual paper and I find myself sticking to it more. The second thing that calms me down is certainly dancing. I find myself more relaxed and ready to go make things happen.

    Nice post! xx

    Baloon's Life

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  23. Fantastic post! Some really great and useful tips here :) thanks for sharing :D

    VioletDaffodilsxx

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  24. Good advices)

    Maria

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  25. This post couldn't come on a better time! I feel like my daily companion is stress and my health is starting to feel it too.

    Glad I found your blog!


    Have a lovely day,
    Francisca


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  26. Love this. Taking time out is so important.



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  27. Such a nice post ! Thanks

    XO CHAMA FASHION

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  28. These are wonderful tips, I need to bear them in mind! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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  29. Wonderful tips and so thoughtful! BeautiiBerry.blogspot.com Please check it out, and maybe a follow for a follow! :)

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  30. Thank you! I'll definitely check your blog out. x

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  31. They're all so easy to forget!

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  32. No problem! Thank you for stopping by. x

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  33. Definitely, and it's so easy to not prioritise it. x

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  34. It can be so hard but so necessary! Hopefully it gets easier to do over time. x

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  35. You are so welcome! I hope things get easier soon. x

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  36. I like to keep a running list alongside my apps for that exact reason! The app is more for accessibility because I will always have my phone on me, but I have a little notebook full of checklists as well. x

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  37. My health was starting to feel it and it's really what got me thinking about it. I hope things get better soon. x

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  38. Also, remind yourself that schooling will be over one day and your life will have so much less stress. Trust me :)
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    Jenny
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  40. WOW beautiful flowers. And I complete agree with your points.

    - Sarah :)

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  41. And one of the most easy to forget, unfortunately! x

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  42. Definitely! As I'm about half way through my degree I'm getting to the "light at the end of the tunnel" kind of zone.

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  43. lovely post :) I find writing stuff down really helps when you have a million things going on in your head. & a nice relaxing bath & tea!

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