Stress…. that evil little word that effects almost everyone on a daily basis. When I was younger just starting university I didn’t get as stressed as I can get now. Things were easier then. I worried about my social calendar far more than one should of. Now-a-days I am lucky to go out once a week and I don’t have priorities like a family or animal to keep me in.
Ever since I came to the realization that I need to “grow up,” get a full-time job and begin to repay my student debt things started to get stressful. Making the transition from a student to a young professional is very very difficult. You need time and money to project a professional image of yourself, but you are barely affording your rent and might be pulling all-nighters to finish assignments.
How can you handle stress?
1. Take risks – Successful people do not become successful without taking the risk. Yes, there is a possibility that you will not get the job or you will not like the position, but if you didn’t at least try I may regret it later. If you have an opportunity take it.
2. Give yourself me time – You can work all hours in the day, but do not overwork yourself. Make sure you do something for you once a week or even once a day. Read a girly novel such as Emily Griffin’s Love the one your With or see a movie with your friends.
3. Be a forward thinker – Always think about what you are working towards and how much that goal means to you. Do not dwell in the past, keep moving forward, or else you will continue to indulge in negative behaviour.
4. Keep positive – If you ask yourself depressing questions, you will get depressing answers. Rather than what if and why me, ask what can I do and how can I move forward.
5. Find an activity that calms you – For some it is going for a walk, cranking up your favourite song, practice yoga, or light a candle. Whatever it is, do it consistency. Give yourself a break to avoid a breakdown.
These are just some of the things I do on a daily basis to avoid stress, but we are all human and it can get the best of us sometimes. To keep myself focused I purchased this book, “The Bounce Back book: How to thrive in the face of adversity, setbacks and losses” by Karen Salmonsohn. I keep it on my bookshelf and whenever I have had a truly bad day and none of my little tricks are working, I read this book and it helps me realign my thinking. It has 75 tips to help you bounce back and usually by number 5 I start feeling better.