Hi guys, I wanted to write this blog tonight for all the other busy bees in this world just like me. Day to-day life can drag on and stress can easily consume, if you let it. However, I think we need to realize that we are human and can only do so much in a 24 hour span.
As a young teenager, I may not have the strenuous responsibilities of an adult, such as paying bills or raising kids, but I do understand that by the time 10 o’clock at night comes around, I’m simply exhausted from the day. We are constantly on a schedule and we can’t just drop our duties or skip work to go to a luxurious spa and be pampered for a day or two. However, we do need to understand that there are little things we can do everyday to help slow down and remember that we need to take care of ourselves first, before anything else.
First off, recognize the major stress factors in your life and the impact these have on your health, mood, etc. When I say that, I refer to how stress is defined by “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.” and everybody on earth has experienced such a state of mind. Stress can easily change our lifestyles, but we must realize that we are in control of our paths. For example, if you are going through a breakup and the emotional stress is creating a heavy impact on your regular work ethic or social life, do you really think staring at old pictures and text messages is going to solve the past and grow as a person? Or, if you recently just landed a new job and the hours are crazy hectic and you are frazzled from the work day, do you really think going out and partying until 3 A.M. is going to make the early morning rise for work any better? The answer is simply no. Recognize the stress factors, but more importantly, understand that you can only help yourself. No one is going to make you happy again after a break up or instantly make you less miserable or tired at work unless you take the time to care for yourself and take the time needed to recover. This idea goes for any scenario and no, it is not selfish. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health.
Secondly, recognize the factors in your life that do make you happy and forget about life’s worries. Take the needed time to understand and accept these hobbies, activities, friends, etc. Every little thing that creates joy in your life needs to be cherished and celebrated, for it is healthy for our mental state. Incorporate these things in any small way, whether it be reading for five minutes on the subway or playing that candy crush game before class starts. However, we need to not let these factors take over to the point where it affects our work, exercise, eating habits, or mental state, just like the stress factors. Balance is key to stress and taking care of yourself.
Lastly, understand that life will never be 100% perfect. It is okay to know that and to accept that life will throw you challenges, some that you may think are impossible to deal with, but these challenges are only here to help us grow as people. Don’t let such challenges consume you with anxiety or stress, for it will only hurt you in the long run. Stress and anxiety should be combated with the things in life that we love, even if that means knitting or skateboarding, whatever it is that helps you relax during the busy days of life.