COPING WITH STRESS | ADULTING 101

November 02, 2017

*screams*


Somehow this week managed to fly by without a single blog post. This happened because I forgot to schedule them. And I forgot to schedule them because I forgot to write them. Somehow when I pre-planned my blog posts like the organized, government-considered adult I am, I managed to skip a week. Let me tell you right now, I am tired. This week I've been unable to concentrate, missing personal and professional deadlines, forgetful as all hell, and the worst... emotional. Of course, some of the things I've been stressing over are trivial, but a pile-up of stress can make any and every situation seem much more stressful. I managed to make it up to this point (Thursday) without breaking down and crying (which is something I do when I'm stressed) however, I barely made it to 10am this morning and had already cried 3 separate times. (Or one long cry with commercial breaks to get stressed out about something else.)

I really try to keep it positive on my blog and all my social media, but at the end of the day - this is life. You're going to have bad days (or weeks) and that's just kind of how it is. However, my newfound sense of self-reflection has caused me to become aware of certain habits I have when under stress and especially when trying to cope with it. I believe this is really important when figuring out how to deal with your stress in a healthy way because you can judge whether it is actually helping or just making your situation worse. We're going to talk about a few ways to handle your stress just a little bit better. And hopefully, get your life back on track as smoothly as possible.






TAKE BREAKS.

When I get stressed, it's usually because I have accumulated a pile-up of tasks that should've been done like, yesterday. I then freak out and try to cram entirely too much into my schedule, leaving barely enough time for me to take a dump. Don't do this. Come to terms with the fact that you are behind and make a realistic schedule [with breaks!] that will gradually get you back on track. You will not get back on track within a day of nonstop work. And if you do, you'll be burned out for the rest of the week.

During these breaks, clear your mind of all your tasks. This is rest time. Take some time to eat, do some yoga, maybe even sneak in a little power nap. Reply to some text messages and get right back at it. This will also help eliminate those hours of zoning out or getting lost on your phone. When you know you'll get a chance to do all that, you're less likely to do it while you're supposed to be working.

DON'T SACRIFICE SLEEP.

Losing sleep is a big no when you're stressed. This happens either because you're too stressed to sleep or because you're losing sleep to work. It's really tempting to cut hours of sleep when you're stressed, but I promise you, it's doing more harm than good. 

Most of the time you'll end up replacing sleep with caffeine, which will just raise your anxiety levels and make you more stressed, causing you to lose more sleep and it's just an endless cycle.

It's actually better to get a little extra sleep when you're stressed. This will enhance your performance when trying to get your shit done. Make sure you give yourself some relaxation time in between work and sleep. Much like a cool-down after a workout. Do some yoga, listen to some music, read a book... Going straight from "beast mode" into bed will cause you to lose sleep due to all the thoughts running through an overactive brain.

MANAGE YOUR TIME.

Make a list of the tasks you need to tackle in order of importance/urgency. Make a schedule. Set time deadlines for yourself to improve work performance and keep yourself on track. If you decide you're going to do paperwork for an hour, only do it for an hour. Whatever is not finished will be done later. Move on to the next task. Spending too much time on a single task will cause you to fall further behind. Add in a "catch up" time block at the end of each workday/work period to work on things that weren't completed. Remember to always give yourself some wiggle room.





ENGAGE IN DE-STRESSING TECHNIQUES

Meditation, yoga, working out, a hot bubble bath... whatever it is, take some time out of your day to do so. Whether it's in the morning before starting your day, at night before bed or even both. Give your brain some downtime so it can continue to work to its full capacity.


STICK TO YOUR ROUTINE.

Stress is a heavy burden, but don't let it cause your life to collapse. Maintain your lifestyle. Continue to go to the gym, attend workout classes, shower, eat (healthy), etc. Avoid stress eating, stress napping, etc. Keep going.


ASK FOR HELP (AND DON'T BE AFRAID TO SAY NO.)

This is a hard one for me, but it's one of the most important. You don't need to commit to everything that comes your way. If your friend asks you to help them out with something and you have a bunch of past due work, say no. It's okay to put yourself first.

It's also okay to ask for help. Whether it helps with managing your stress or taking a load off your plate. Utilize the tools and people around you to help you get yourself back on track. That's what they are there for!


Hopefully, this month can be happy and stress-free for you all! 
We'll be back on track next week.





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