With Fall semester finally here, I wanted to write about the things I do to deal with the ups and downs of life. We’ve all had highs and lows, maybe some more than others. And I know for me, the first thing I do when I’m stressed or overwhelmed is to breakdown. And don’t get me wrong, it’s okay to breakdown sometimes but I want to channel those emotions in a better, more efficient way (like doing a Soul Cycle class, more on that coming up). So whether you’re adulting with a full-time job or you’re still in school (heck you might be doing both, you go girl or boy hahahaa), I just wanna say that you got this!
- Gratitude Journal – I’ve noticed that when I wake up with a grateful heart, my mood immediately gets a boost. Even though I don’t keep a gratitude journal (I should start), I do remind myself to always be grateful for the little and big things in life. And I’m not going to lie, this is especially hard to do when I’m stressed about school or work. But if you take a minute out of your day to focus on the things that are going right in your life, it changes your perspective on what really matters at that moment.
- Being Active/ Going Outside – True story. It was Fall semester and I had a major meltdown so after having a good cry, I spent an hour or two at Oleta River State Park riding a bike by MYSELF. Weird right? But it totally helped clear my mind of all the school work I had to do. Sometimes, it’s a matter of stepping away from your responsibilities and then coming back to it when you’ve had some time to yourself. Just the other day, I took a cycling class for the first time at Soul Cycle and despite thinking that I was going to pass out during the class, I came out of there feeling energized and so so so sweaty.
- Do Something You Love/ Pick Up a Hobbie – For me, I love to be creative! It takes my mind off things and it allows me to express myself in a new way. So when you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed, turn to that thing you love to do. Doesn’t matter what it is! Watching tv, playing basketball, reading a book, etc. Whatever that thing is for you, do it. Do you see the trend? Forget for a minute about your responsibilities.
- Pray – So this one is a little more personal and probably the least that I do when I’m having one of those meltdowns. Because if I’m being honest, the last thing I want to do when I’m having a meltdown is pray. But I know the power behind prayer and despite my best efforts, I know that I can’t handle everything life throws at me but God can. I know for some people it might be uncomfortable to pray or you think you don’t know how. But praying doesn’t have to be this intimidating thing. That’s such a misconception. You can literally say, think, or write your prayer. No fancy “thees” or verses here babe.
Hope this post helped you in some way! Leave me a comment below telling me how you cope with stress. Love you babes so much!