How to Defuse Stress

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Life is hectic. You get busy with work, school, or both, and start to feel like you can’t breathe. It feels like everything is piling up and there aren’t enough hours in the day to finish what needs to be done. You want to scream at the top of your lungs and pull your hair out, because you just can’t seem to get over this gigantic hill of stress. Every time it seems like you’ve climb a little higher, someone adds something new to the pile and you slip a little further down. Until suddenly, you realize you’ve slipped so far down that you’ve reached rock bottom.

Stress plagues us all at sometime or another. There’s really no way to avoid it completely. But there are a few things you can do to defuse it:

Know that it’s okay to lose it every once in awhile.

First things first, go ahead and have that freak out. Throw some things (I hear plates are fun, but maybe stick with pillows), scream your head off, have a good cry, and shout to the heavens for help and guidance. Maybe don’t pull your hair out though, it’s never worth it. Going crazy may not seem like the right way to go, but if you’re already at that point, sometimes you’ll feel better after you let it all out.

Give yourself a pep talk.

In my opinion, a lot can be solved with this one. Find a mirror, look yourself straight in the eyes, and say: “You can do it! You’ve got this! You can make it through!” Out loud or in your head, it can really give you that extra push needed to finish your work or just make it through the day.

Eat or drink something that makes you happy.

Enjoy a piece of chocolate, revel in some cheesecake, or drink a warm cup of cocoa or relaxing chamomile tea. It’s a quick fix, but it can work wonders to calm you down and get you going again.

Don’t forget to to take a break.

This is important when you feel yourself start to overthink or get beyond frustrated and overwhelmed. Try taking a quick nap, watching Netflix, taking a shower, or watching some cat videos on YouTube. Just do a little bit of whatever you like to do in your spare time to give your brain a rest, so you no longer feel so stressed and can continue with your week in a productive manner. Just remember not to go overboard with any of it. It will only add to your stress if that nap turns into a three hour beauty sleep, or that one little Netflix episode turns into a full binge. You can also give exercise a try to help you relax. A little yoga can help you retrain your focus, and going for an outdoor run can release your stress and give you a much needed boost of energy!

Most importantly remember that all things pass eventually.

Nothing last forever. So good or bad, no matter what happens, whatever you’re stressing out about will have to end. And that’s something to look forward too! When it finally does, be sure to try and relax and unwind as much as you can before the next go round. You deserve it!

By: Basha Celestaine

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