We're approaching that time of year, my friends. Before we're able to fully enjoy the holiday season, passing midterm exams and turning in projects and papers are necessary for school and if you're crazy like me, finding the absolute perfect gift for everyone on your list for the holidays (although some could argue this is quite fun ;). All these different factors often leave me feeling super stressed and usually happen to all pile up on each other. I've become quite accustomed to dealing with stress since I'm in the middle of my junior year of high school, so I thought this would be a great post idea since let's be honest, everyone gets stressed this time of year! Below are a few of my tips for how to handle stress:
+ Take a shower or bubble bath.
Late at night when I'm trying to wind down after hours of homework, taking a shower (or my favorite, a bubble bath with citrusy soap) really helps de-stress my body and my mind. It's also great for getting me to fall asleep quicker, especially in the winter months when it's so cold out!
+ Get moving.
I cannot stress (ha) this enough: get outside or hit the gym to relieve your stress. Not only does working out energize you, but it also is great for getting your mind off whatever is causing you anxiety and will help you come back with a fresh outlook ready to tackle your tasks. You don't even have to hit the gym if you don't want - try a Youtube workout or a quick one from Pinterest!
+ Talk it out with a friend.
Be careful with this one since it could take up too much time, but sometimes having a quick chat with a friend can solve all your worries. We all have one or two of those friends who is perfect for venting to, so talking with them for a little bit is definitely beneficial to clear your head.
+ Write a list.
If you're a visual person and like seeing your tasks in front of you, I really recommend writing out a list. Often times when I'm really stressed about homework or other things I have to get done, I wake up in the middle of the night worrying about something I forgot to do. Keep a notepad and pen next to your bed and I promise you'll get to sleep easier.
+ Have a healthy snack.
Sometimes when I'm freaking out about something (homework or studying in particular), I forget to eat or hydrate which can really take a toll on my energy. Take a quick ten minute break and make yourself something yummy, whether it be a bowl of oatmeal with fruit or some veggies with dip. And don't forget the lemon water for hydration!
+ Get enough sleep.
Overall, planning ahead and allowing yourself enough sleep is the most crucial step, in my opinion. Few things are worse than that feeling you get when you wake up after a late night and need to get going, so be sure to take a look at everything you have to get done and plan it out in advance. (Studying for tests days before or working on a project a week before it's due are great things to get in the habit of!).
Now I'm interested to know: what are your stress management tips?