Due to my finals, travelling, and working at an airport I have really been feeling the stress lately. At first I did not handle it very well, but after a while I think I managed to deal with it pretty good, in my opinion. Therefore, I want to share with you some of my tips and tricks that I learned to use during my stressful period.
When you feel the stress sneaking up on you, try to focus on your breath. Many people, including myself start to breathe uncontrollably when their nerves kick in. What’s easy to overlook is that your uneven breath fuels your stress, and make you even more anxious. If you focus on breathing evenly and deep down your lungs, you will get the sence of being more calm and in control.
2. Think through.
This may seem difficult but take the time you need to sit down, breath and think through whatever stresses you. Changes are, it does not take as much time as it would to run around with many errands on your mind, not knowing what to take care of first.
3. Write it down.
Now that you have your breath and mind under fairly control, write that shit down! Make a plan over what needs to be done and when it needs to be done. Decide your first priority, thereupon, your second priority, and so on. In that way, you get all factors on your mind out of your head and down on something physical that you can look at, which also have a calming effect.
4. Positive mindset.
You will go through what ever you are going through, a lot more uncomplicated if you choose to have a positive mindset. Choose to believe that everything will work out in your favour, as long as you are doing your best. If it does not, you will figure it out later. For now, focus on what needs to be done and deal with the outcome later. There is nothing you can do about it at this moment, except to work hard and take one step at a time. Admittedly, you can be your own worst enemy, or your own best helper. Breathe.
5. Be present.
If you live in the moment and take one task at a time, you will most likely find yourself achieving a much better result than if you did not. Indeedly, this is not easily done when you have a hundred things to do, a flight to catch and plenty of schoolwork, but trust yourself and your capabilities. As long as you arrive the right place at the right time, you are good to go. You have not spent half of your life on a schoolbench without a reason, you deep down know the answere to any task on your upcoming tests. As I said, trust yourself.
6. Get a grip.
Now go! Take charge and embark the point that stands on top of your list. Put on some hardcore music, make yourself a cup of coffee and check out the points as you complete them. It will give you more motivation as you go.
Good luck on what ever stresses you!
Much love. ❤