Managing Stress

Stress is among us everyday. It's something we can't avoid and it's pretty much normal for us. In this moment can you think of one thing you are stressed out about? I'm sure you can. Probably multiple things in fact. We deal with one thing and then there seems to always be something else right around the corner. Even though we can't fully get rid of all the stress we have, there are effective ways we can manage it so we are not hurting our well being. 

One thing you can do is keep a stress journal. Yes, this may seem silly and you are probably thinking I don't have time for this but if it could help why not give it a shot. Whenever you feel as if you are stressed write down the reason for it. After awhile, you will notice patterns and figure out what the main issue is. Now if you don't want to write in a journal, you can just make quick notes in your phone and anywhere else so you can refer back to it later on.

When you are stressed what do you do? Smoke, drink, withdrawal from society, sleep too much, or procrastinate? I know I usually procrastinate because I want to avoid facing the problem. Most everyone takes on these unhealthy habits. Instead, find activities that will keep you calm and increase your emotional and physical health. One huge stress reliever is getting exercise. It will make you feel better and could even act as a distraction. 

Also, when you are stressed one of the best things you can do is connect with others. I know when I am feeling stressed I enjoy spending time with friends. It's a way to get your mind off things and laugh with people around you. You can also talk to friends about what's going on and they can be there to listen or give you advice. 

With everything going on in your life make sure to take time for yourself and have some fun!



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