I am a bit of a stress-head at times. I stressed over a lot of things - big or small, relevant or irrelevant. I.e: Boys. Assessments. What I should wear tomorrow? Work. My future. If I can afford that Zac Posen gown? The list goes on and on. Bottom-line is, we all deal with some levels of stress in our lives. A little bit of stress is good to help us get our shiz done but too much stress is not very good for us. I thought that I would share some of my tips on reducing stress and hopefully some of these methods will help you out.
If not? Maybe you should take a chill pill...
1. Give yourself some TLC
Whatever it is that is stressing you out, it can wait. Give yourself a little break and have some 'You' time. Do something that makes you happy. For me, I like to listen to music and draw my little heart out or I like to watch some YouTube videos. I particularly love watching the SacconeJolys' vlogs. They ALWAYS put a smile on my face afterwards. Allow yourself to do something you love, so then you can tackle the problem fresh minded and less stressed.
2. Make lists
There is something about making a list and crossing each point off as you go that's so satisfying. When you feel overwhelmed with everything that need to be done, it's a good idea to write down a list. Even writing down your thoughts and worries can help make your brain less cluttered and you can go back and solve the problem accordingly. Writing a list will help you feel that you've done something.
Going to that 18th birthday party can wait. Organise your schedule well and not let work pile up will reduce stress. Doing assignments last minute can really stress you out and make you go bananas. Don't worry, I've been there. Do the bigger tasks first and get it out of the way, then you can easily get all the smaller tasks done without any trouble.
4. Drink green tea
Yes, I'm looking at you. Is that your fourth cup of coffee today? Tsk tsk.. Try to limit your caffeine intake. Too much caffeine from coffee or energy drinks can increase your blood pressure and definitely doesn't help with stress. Instead, try to drink green tea. Green tea is very beneficial for your health and it contains theanine, an amino acid that has a calming and soothing effect on the nervous system. Yay to green tea!
5. Stop the 'P' word
Yup. Procrastination. Don't lie, we all do it. I'm definitely very guilty of that. Work first, play later. Leave all of your electronic devices in another room or switch them off. What I like to do is, every time I get a task done. I'll allow myself to go on my social medias for 10 mins, then back to work. Little incentives like that will help you get your work done.
Little things like laughter, can bring us the most joy. Laughing releases endorphins that improve our mood and decreases stress levels. Find the funny side of the situation or again, look up funny videos on YouTube. I personally love the Taylor Swift and the turtle cameo video. Crack me up every time. So, laugh it out!
7. Don't be afraid to say 'NO'!
Say no now, so you can say yes more later. Don't feel guilty for saying 'no' to something. You can only have so much on your plate, and adding more will just overwhelm you. Know your limits and priorities and stick to them.
8. Listen to Elsa, literally let it GO!
"Let it gooo, let it gooo!" Forgive but never forget. Don't hold onto grudges. Find what's important and let go of the rest, because they don't matter. Negative people? Let them go! If you can't change something, accept it and let it go. You'll feel better. Promise. ☺
9. Read motivational quotes
My personal favourite method of all. Reading motivational quotes or even watching motivational videos really kick my butt into gear and make me snap out of my daydream. Reading motivational quotes really inspires me to WANT to get things done.
10. Positive affirmations
When we are stressed, we tend to automatically think of the worst and we tend to talk negatively. Talk yourself through it in a positive way. Ask yourself why you're stressed and what you can do about it. Tell yourself that everything is going to be alright and you got this. No negative self talk allowed!