You know what I hate? I hate it when people tell me what to do. Like, a lot. It stresses me out and it upsets me. But that’s not the point of this blog post – at least, not the whole point anyway. I mostly was just going to talk about what I do when I am stressed. Food for thought though, you know?
I have this yellow putty, and I squish that when I am stressed. It was one of those free things from the hallway and it has a smiley face on it so it makes me happy and steals my stress. What a sweet piece of putty, right?!
I also like to chew gum, sometimes that helps. Maybe I use that more for when I’m hungry and don’t have food, who knows.
Here’s a fun fact about me, when I am at school, I usually don’t listen to music during the day and between classes like most people. Weird, right?!? I mean, are you even a college student if you don’t pay $10.00 a month for Spotify Premium? Yeah, you are. People just think you’re odd. But yeah, that’s something I actually don’t do very often to relieve stress.
Have you ever had a daunting task to do? I have. They freak me out; I stay away until the last possible second, at which point I do surprisingly well on completing it, or unsurprisingly terrible. It is always a bummer when it is the latter. Latter refers to the last thing referenced in a list, which is often only a list of two. I say that in case you didn’t know the definition. I just looked it up. So anyway, back to what I was saying about daunting projects. While I am avoiding the daunting things, I have discovered it is better to do things you do want to do in the meantime. Sometimes I do nothing because obviously if you aren’t going to do the most important thing, you are not permitted to do anything at all. Or, so I used to think. Now while I avoid the daunter I do everything else I can, especially the things I like to do, so that I don’t get even more behind while I’m avoiding the daunter. You know? It took me a while to figure that one out. But now I feel smart.
Another thing I do is be really nice to myself when I am stressed. I sometimes call myself a, “poor thing,” and say, “aww” to myself. I say what I would say to someone else that told me they were stressed. It is actually called self-compassion when you say things like that to yourself for a little bit. Cool, right? Our natural instinct is to punish ourselves, but that actually causes our bodies to release stress hormones, whereas being compassionate releases happy ones. Remember that! 🙂
Another strategy I like is to treat myself like a stinking champion. I say like, “OH YEAH, I ROCK,” and, “I am so amazing, I have been working so hard today. I may not have gotten everything done, but I am being successful because I have not given up.”
Or, I take deep breaths. I did that all day today. I tell myself, it’s ok. I think of the worst thing that could happen, feel sad for a second, and then move on and do my best to face the challenge. At the end of the day just remember, life goes on, I tell myself.
To end here is a funny story. I am in an English class and it is tough for me. But yet I just started a blog and discovered I love to write. Like, what is going on? Hmm, maybe I just don’t like it when people tell me what to do, and write. Interesting. That could be it. …