If you follow my blog daily, you’ll notice that this past week I haven’t posted any actual posts! I’ve been relying on Awards to keep it running. The reason for this is because I have been extremely busy with school these past couple of weeks. When you are in an art program such as theatre, it becomes your entire life. You live and breath it, and that’s just the way it is. You really do have to love your work in order to stay sane. However, you aren’t always going to love what you are doing, and times will get difficult. So what I’m sharing with you today is how I deal with stress and anxiety. First of all, I have really bad anxiety.
There are many times when I get so overwhelmed that I feel like I can’t cope, but I’ve noticed that certain things really can help.
Treat Yourself: Paint your nails or put on an exfoliating face mask. Everything always feels better when your nails and skin look good, am I right? Also, when your nails are still drying and you are waiting to take the mask off, you really have no choice but to sit down, relax and watch TV.
Have Fun: Don’t forget to make time for the activities you love. Watching a movie, playing video games, reading a book… all of these are great ways to de-stress. Listen to music on your way to work or before you go to bed. For many people it is a great way to just be in the moment. If you like to write or draw, make time for those things as well. My roommate is always reminding me to draw when she notices my anxiety rising. She knows I love drawing and it makes me happy to do so. When I complain of not having the time, she reminds me to make time. You can focus so much better on work if you take the time you need to relax. Make a Bubble Bath: Throw a bath bomb in the water and let your mind wander. I usually have showers in the morning, but those few times I decide to have a bath, I find myself extremely relaxed. Turn off your phone: I know it’s hard! But seriously, do it. Constantly checking your phone for Facebook updates, Instagram likes and comments on your blog (I do it too guys) may not seem like a problem, but when you disconnect for a while, you have time to recharge and refocus. Do this before you go to bed as well. I always sleep much better when my phone is off.
Put the kettle on: This may sound very British of me, but the saying is true. A nice cup of tea or hot chocolate can make a world of a difference. Teas such as chamomile, peppermint and honey lemon are known to be great choices for the evening when you want to wind down. I also recently found out that my favourite caffeinated tea, Earl Grey is beneficial for fighting anxiety and depression. Bergamot contains natural aromatherapy qualities and is known the have a mood boosting, calming effect on people.
Maintain a healthy diet. Now I am by far not the healthiest person. I am actually terrible when it comes to eating healthy. But when I do eat the right foods, I have so much more energy and my focus is improved. In the morning if I’m in a rush, I pour a bowl of cheerios or have oatmeal. Both of these are so fast, and are a much better option than grabbing a muffin or bagel. For lunch, my go to healthy option is salad. On Sunday night I pre-cut all of my vegetables for the week and store them in the fridge. Then when I’m running out the door, late for class (again), I literally throw a handful of spinach and veggies into a container and go. It takes less than a minute and certainly beats long cafeteria lines. If I want to add protein to my salad, I will cook a couple of plain chicken breasts in the oven on Sunday night, cut them into small pieces and add those to my salads as well. For dinner, stir-fry is always a healthy option! Loads of veggies, rice and chicken, how can you go wrong? Now if only I would take my own advice and consistently eat healthier!
Make time for exercise: I don’t go to the gym or go running or anything like that, but I do love yoga and stretching. If I am feeling overwhelmed, I take a minute and stretch, and instantly feel calmer. What I noticed as well is on the days that I get up early to stretch before jumping in the shower, I am much more awake and have a better attitude towards the day. What do you do when you’re stressed out? I’d love to hear your methods of coping. I hope you all are feeling relaxed and content! Happy Wednesday everyone.