7 WAYS TO RELIEVE STRESS

Stress. It’s an emotion we all feel. And one that I especially know too well.

Being in my last term of high school, I’ve had my fair share of stress. Exams, uni applications and the constant uncertainty of the future all add up and contribute to what seems like a never-ending period of stress and anxiety. Through trial and error, dealing with the ever ending ‘pressure’ has became an area in which I have become well-educated in. As I am coming to the end of my high school years, I want to share and pass on my seven top tips for relieving the unfortunate feeling of stress.

TURN OFF ALL ELECTRONICS

First things first. Turn off your phone, laptop, television etc. When feeling overwhelmed, browsing your phone really won’t make you feel any better and if anything the lost time will make you panic more. Turning off your electronics will help you concentrate more on what you’ve got to do and less on constantly checking twitter and instagram.

DECLUTTER YOUR SPACE

One of my biggest pet peeves is having a messy work space. If anything it adds to my rising stress levels. Having all sorts scattered over my desk consumes my mind and becomes a constant distraction. Having a clean, organised space relaxes me and puts me in the right state of mind to work hard and get stuff done.

WRITE LISTS

When I’ve got a million things to do each individual task swarms my mind. When I’m on one task, I’m still thinking and trying to remember the 9 other things I have to do that day. So what do I do? I write a list at the start of the day, scheduling all the things I have to do . Setting an allocated time for each task de-stresses me and reassures me that I will get everything done on time.

EXERCISE 

Sitting down for hours on end can lead to serious cabin fever. The best place to soothe our messy minds is outdoors. Going for a run is a great way to reduce restlessness and even let our anger out. Even simply going for a quick walk can make us feel instantly refreshed and rejuvenated.

TALK IT OUT

When in distress, talking to your mum, you’re granny or your BFF can be a huge reassurance. Simply having a conversation about how you are feeling can instantly improve your outlook and let you see things in a different perspective. No matter what there will always be someone you can talk to and someone who wants to listen.

DO SOMETHING YOU LOVE

As unusual as it sounds, when I’m feeling stressed one thing that always relaxes me is baking. So strange right? But it’s something I love so to me it is an instant mood booster. Whether its playing monopoly, having a nice bath or enjoying a cup of tea you need to always make time for what you love especially when in distress.

REASSURE YOURSELF

Now for the most important point. And one that I often forget. Whatever the situation may be IT IS NOT THE END OF THE WORLD. No matter what. Stress is a daily part of our lives but it will NOT last forever and things will ALWAYS get better.

I hope you enjoyed this slightly different post and please remember that absolutely nothing is worth damaging your mental health. One thing my mum has always said to me is “As long as you’ve tried your best nothing else can be asked from you.” So try stay calm (if it was only that easy) and let what will be, be.

Do you guys have any tips on reliving stress? I would love to hear from you in the comments below.

Katie

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