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I’ve mentioned before on the blog but I’ve dealt with stress when I was writing my thesis. It had gotten to the point that I was sleeping most of the days because it was sucking the life out of me. Luckily I got the help that I needed and I’ve been handeling stress much better these days.
Though I am in a better place, stress can still get the best of me. And I think I’m not the only one. That’s why I want to shine a light on the subject, maybe helping someone. These are my three stress recovery tips that I use when stress is taking over my life:
#1 FIND THE CAUSE OF YOUR STRESS
The first thing you need to do is find out what is causing your stress. Sometimes you really don’t know but sometimes can also be more about not being honest with yourself. You don’t need to share the list but if you want to relieve yourself of stress, you need to know where it comes from.
One of the causes of stress for me is time management, mainly feeling like I don’t have enough time. Now that I know that I have unrealistic views when it comes to time, I can work on dealing with it.
#2 HOW CAN YOU RELIEVE YOUR STRESS
When you have your list with the things that are causing you stress, you can look for stress releasers. Sometimes it’s a complicated situation. For example, if work is causing you stress but you have bills to pay, it’s not that easy to just go “I’ll quite my job right now”. So think of the things you can do right now. Maybe it’s planning more time with friends or to just relax on the couch. Or dedicate a couple hours a week to find yourself a new job.
Like I mentioned above, one of my stressors is time management. I try to handle my stress by keeping myself accountable on how I spend my time. But also how I can create more time like getting up earlier and having a set routine.
Another releaser of stress is to imagine what the worst is that could happen. Is it really that important to stress about it? Will the stress help you solve the problem — if there is one? Will it be important in five years? For me it’s about thinking differently about time. Just because I got up later than planned doesn’t mean I can’t get the work done that I wanted to get done. And even if I don’t, there is still tomorrow. In other words, it’s definitely not the end of the world.
#3 REACH OUT FOR HELP FOR STRESS RECOVERY
Last tip — and an important one — is to reach out for help.
There is no shame when you can’t handle the stress on your own. You’re not build to handle everything on your own. Ask help from your friends or family. If you do find yourself in a place where the stress is taking over your life and make you feel anxious or down all the time, you need to reach out for professional help. Again, there is no shame in seeing professional help. Honestly, everyone can get something out of talking with a professional.