How To Release and Manage Stress

liveout loudStress is a physical and mental response to your body being overworked. Through this response the mind and the body start to irrationally request demands from you that can threat your wellbeing. In the physical sense it can increase your heart rate and create tension within the body. Mentally, it can make you very anxious,  highly emotional and question everything you do. This is the point where you need to take a step back and take time out for yourself and breathe. However, before you get to this stage, you need to recognise the things that trigger you inside. Is it taking too much on? or is it that everything is stored in your head and you need to find a way to get it on paper.

Earlier this month, I took on a lot of work and found myself reaching the peak point of where I became severely stressed. It was honestly the worst week of my life, I knew this wasn’t me and I felt like I was spiralling into a deep dark hole.  Despite this all being within me, I needed to find a release and my release was talking it out with someone who I trust. This was a crucial point as they made me aware I was taking on too much; in that moment I realised the unhealthy amount of work I have put myself through was damaging myself. After the talk, I felt a lot calmer and my thoughts were more rational and I knew what I needed to do. It was to take one task at a time and learn to say no.  I started to do things that would release the feelings of being stress for example, writing 2/3 things I needed to do that day and continue it through the week. I baked lovely cupcakes and binged on them 🙂

When we are caught up we tend to forget how to tackle the stress. Below I have a few suggestions that can help when recognising the feeling of stress and ways to combat it.

 

  • Talking to friends or a mentor 
  • Doing something you enjoy e.g.. baking a cake
  • Writing down your thoughts( getting it on paper takes it from it being all in your head to logically seeing the things you need to complete on paper)
  • Going sleep ( although it is going to be there when you wake up, sometimes just not thinking about it for an hour can help)
  • Start small- get two things done started with the biggest task and then work your way down over a span of X amount of days
  • Say no( learn to say no)
  • Breathe
  • Meditation ( there are great apps and videos on youtube on meditation)
  • Keep hydrated
  • Eat
  • Gratitude 

What are your own ways of managing stress, I would love to know!

 

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How To Prioritise Your Wellbeing

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Wakes up in the early hours of the morning. Stuff our face with breakfast and fly out the house before we are late for work/university .

Sounds like your morning?

24 hours is a lot of time during the day and each minute is consumed with doing various things. The only time we get to rest is when we are having lunch and even then, our mind is racing with millions of thoughts.  Don’t even get me started on the evening routine of returning from university/work ; having to cook,clean and do extra work.

We tend to prioritise work over are self care but, we never prioritise having time for ourselves. Checking in with ourselves and seeing how we feel at that particular moment. Sometimes we need time to see how we are and how we are feeling, you might find some unconscious emotions arising.

This has been very crucial in my routine as it allows me to understand why I feel a particular emotion in the moment. Doing a self check throughout the day also breaks up your mind from focusing on events happening around you.

A little ritual I do at night  is doing a self check-in just before I go to sleep, I find it very cathartic. The release of all my thoughts, emotions and events that have happen throughout the day, just lay to rest and I’m ready to start a clean, neutral emotion in the morning.

If you are more of a writer why not journal your feelings down at a time where no-one can disturb you or perhaps creatively draw your check ins?

It’s time for you to check in with yourself!-How are you feeling?

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My Breakthrough With Mental Health

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In honour of mental health awareness day yesterday, I felt compelled to write a blog post about this topic.

I want to speak on my own personal experience with dealing with mental health. I’ve always wanted to speak on this topic but I felt scared ( ironic right), to share that part of me that many family and close friends knew but not the world.

I used to suffer with anxiety and depression. Every sensation within my body froze up and the most simple things would be the most difficult, resulting to me having a panic attack. It was horrible as I never knew what anxiety/depression was or how I even ‘caught’ it. As an extrovert, I was always out there socialising and being the centre of everything around me. However, thats what appeared on the outside, on the inside I was breaking slowly & no-one could see.

I always had this idea in my head that crying/asking for help was a sign of weakness so I never would share what was in my head or I would do the opposite,I would share and then say I’m joking ( that was a regular thing for me) just to cover up the truth.

Until, one day it was too late. I shattered. I shattered into a million pieces. I had such a break down that I thought there was no way out of this.

It was very hard to express to my parents at first what was going on, however, they supported me through the ups and down and I am so thankful for their love and support.

Now I don’t want this to be a sad story because it really is not.

That day was the day I finally broke free!! 

I did not let this powerful mind ( often silly mind) consume me, I was not letting it get the best out of me. Through the help & support of everyone & meditation, I can now say today, that I have transformed so much I don’t suffer with depression anymore and my anxiety has gotten to a point where doesn’t send me to melting point and I can actively change a thought before it engulfs me. Yes it took a long while but just remember

It is ok to speak out when you are feeling down. Its not a sign of weakness, infact its a sign of courage and strength. You are so much stronger than you even think. You have so much support that you cant even imagine & know that you are not alone.

 

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