Monday, January 13, 2014

monday musing: stress

I don't really know what to say about stress other than it feels like being trapped. I've been under a lot of stress lately, and it is no fun. As the stress gets piled on, it almost feels like I'm digging a hole (against my will), that is harder and harder to climb up and out of. It's as if the rate of things being added to my to-do list is twice as fast the rate I'm actually getting them done. All in all, it's no fun, and if you're struggling with stress right now, I know exactly how you feel. The excitement of the new year is fizzling out, and we all being forced to turn back to face reality. On the other hand, don't let your stress weigh you down. You will get over this hump, get yourself out of this hole, and rise above it all once again. Patience really is a virtue when it comes to things like this. I don't know if I have a real tried and true solution to dealing with stress, but I have a few suggestions:

1. take a break (anywhere from 30 seconds to 30 minutes) at least once every hour you spend doing whatever it is that stresses you out- it's proven that these short diversions will actually help you focus better as a whole!

2. make lists of things you have to do and when you want to do them- set limits! not only is it gratifying to check things off the list, but I notice that lists help me stick to a schedule/ get things done more efficiently.

3. if it won't distract you, listen to music. I find this always soothes me/ keeps my mind from practically exploding!

4. spend as much time as you can (without feeling like you're wasting time) doing something you genuinely enjoy (i.e.: doodling, writing, exercising) to keep yourself from going insane.

Remember that whatever it is you're dealing with right now, you will be successful and make it out on the other side eventually! If you're feeling like giving up, don't because completing a task and seeing your hard work pay off is super satisfying.
Good luck to each and every one of you.

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