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How To Cope With Stress

6:26 pm Alanna Hopgood 0 Comments


Anybody that knows me will tell you that I have a VERY busy schedule.Trying to juggle time to study, work, exercise and run a blog can be overwhelming and often leaves me with no time to myself.
Like any normal person, sometimes I get stressed and things can get on top of me. Being someone that can suffer with anxiety, I try to keep my stress levels to a minimum, so I've decided to share my 'top tips' that I use to keep calm and feel in control.

I am in no way an expert in stress or dealing with stress, nor am I a therapist or have any professional knowledge in this subject. These are just my personal suggestions from my own experience :)


Keep A Diary


This is probably my biggest aid when it comes to managing my stress. I am a very visual person and am obsessed with planning. If i'm extremely busy, i like to be able to see what im meant to be soinf at what time and have it all down in one place. This is particularly helpful if you work shift, as my plans are never consistent. I take my diary everywhere with me, and it's probably the one thing i'd tkae with me on a deserted island, which is really saying something...

'Me' Time

Time to yourself can do wonders.Try to schedule a day that you can spend with yourself. Do all of the little things for yourself that you've been meaning to do, like painting your nails or catching up on that TV series. I know it's difficult to find this time, but once you've scheduled it into your week or month it will give you something to look forward to.

Have A Bath

If you don't have time to spend a whole day pampering yourself, just spend an evening! I rarely get a day completely free, maybe every couple of months, but I always plan a bath into my week. Make sure that you've washed your hair and shaved the day before so you don't have anything to do other than soak. Also, don't take your phone in! As tempting as it is, you'll feel so much better if you just light some candles, close your eyes and relax... aaah.

Exercise

Again, I know it can be difficult to find time to fit any new activities, but if you can exercise, do! I'm sure you've heard all of the benefits before (improves your mood, releases endorphin's etc) but it really does calm you down! Just taking the time to go for a 20 minute jog, or even walk, makes me feel a lot more collected. And if you're using a punch bag - even better!

Talk To Someone

Your friend, your partner, your mum - anyone that you trust and will listen! We all get stressed at times and sometimes it's just best to vent at someone. Everybody understands and I'm sure any of these Personally, I like to sit and vent at Scott. He knows how helpful it is, so he'll just sit and listen until i'm feeling better (his poor ears!). If you can get a cuddle after, that's a bonus ;)

I really hope this helps you to keep on top of your stress! It's so important to take a break every once in a while and look after yourself - you've only got one of you after all!



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