Hey my loves!
I hope you’re all doing well!
As part of the social media campaign – this post is about mental health and feeling good from within – so this time I’m going to talk about S T R E S S !
Anyone that knows me will literally describe me as a stress-head. If it is able to be stressed about, i’ll stress about it, even if it’s not, I will still stress about it. But I am aware it’s not healthy.
It’s not good for the body, or mind, and doesn’t help you with whatever it is you’re trying to get done, neither does it help your outlook on everything else around you.
Here’s what I find my body does when I am stressed:
- Bloat – this one e s p e c i a l l y! Jeeeeeez, I can feel myself bloat instantly the moment I’m stressed. I think I’m like a puffer-fish – instant bloat! Anything I can do to stop me from being bloated, I will take. Also, being bloated MAKES me stressed, so it ends up being a vicious cycle. This is one of the main reasons I knew I needed to have a de-stress plan.
- Spots – self explanatory – you get stressed, you get spots, you have spots, you get stressed, another cycle.
- Sleep – A) I cannot sleep at night. B) I cannot get enough sleep. Having less sleep makes me spotty and stressed and bloated, of course. All three are basically an interlocking cycle, that is pretty difficult to break, but definitely necessary.
- DRAINED! – I feel constantly drained when I am stressed out, unable to think about anything else than what is stressing me out. Or, I reach a level of stress where I am just completely peaceful, but so drained that I am unable to think or comprehend anything. THAT is when I know, I definitely need to chill out!
So, as of recent I have made the conscious decision to be much less stressed, and I have to say, it has been pretty successful.
Here are my tips on how to do it:
- Surround yourself with positivity. Negative people make you feel negative, there is no two ways about it. We all have our bad days, and I am not saying not to be there for people who need you on their bad days, because some days, we all need someone. What I am saying, is to be conscious of people who will continuously drain you and who constantly take without giving back. These people really set you back in your mentality, and to be honest, in your life! Surround yourself with the energy you want to have.
- This goes hand in hand with point one: force a positive mindset, positivity will happen. This is pretty self explanatory, but take a deep breath, see things from a positive perspective, see everything is going to be okay. Force yourself to see the positive in everything, and eventually, it becomes second nature. I know this sounds like the typical “oh don’t be stressed!” comment, but it really does help.
- Go to the gym. Easily the biggest stress release; exercise. Go for a run, pick up some weights, do something that makes you sweat and releases endorphins. Whatever you would have been stressing about beforehand, will be a lot more manageable after you’ve blown off some steam with a work-out.
- Quite the opposite of the above, but make sure you do make time to relax. Make time for you. Learn to say no for yourself. Have a day where you do something that makes you happy and makes you smile! Even if you can only squeeze an hour in a day, know when to do this – when to take a break. Chill out, deep breaths, rationalise and ground yourself to reality. We all need break sometimes.
- Make a plan. Whatever is stressing you, jot it down, make a plan, and GET.IT.DONE. Think of the relief after it’s done… what could be better? In the ever famous words of Nike, JUST DO IT!
- Breathe. Focus on the big picture – the world around you, as point 4 says, rationalise yourself and ground yourself with reality. What’s going on right now? Look at anything around you and focus on the reality of the situation.
- Sleep early. Rise early. At the ripe old age of 22, I have decided that I much prefer going to bed early and getting up early and getting stuff done. It means you can use as many hours of the day as you need, and you don’t lose half of them asleep. It doesn’t always happen, of course, sometimes the odd Pinot Grigio and strawberry daiquiri get in the way, but when I can, I try and schedule in some early nights. Also, as much as you can, stick to a routine: bed at 10pm, up at 6:30am, each day, every day. This routine helps you get a better night’s sleep, get to sleep quicker, and be able to wake up straight away without feeling groggy. And we all know what a good night’s sleep does… kill bloat!
Thank you for reading, and see you soon!
Lots of love,