Tips for Managing Stress

It’s the time of year where all my professors decided it’s time to have all my assignments due. So I’ve been really stressed out lately. I was Googling some new techniques on how to manage stress (my old ones weren’t working) and I decided to share them with all of you! Here are some tips for managing stress.

EXERCISE

I’m not saying it has to be hours of super intense workouts, I’m talking about going outside and walking around or doing a quick 5 min exercise in your room. Both ways you’ll still get the benefits, you just have to move. But if you’re super stressed out exercising is probably the last thing on your mind; so try walking outside or doing a few jumping jacks in your room.

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USE SUPPORTS

Talk to your friends and family. A little venting never hurt anyone; I always feel better after a good vent session. If you aren’t comfortable talking to your friends or family, try a hotline. A simple Google search will direct you in your province’s / state’s mental health line, Ontario’s hotline is here.

MEDITATE

Honestly go try it. I was never really into it (because I couldn’t focus on doing nothing for longer than 5mins), but one day I thought I’d give it a try again and downloaded an app (because there’s an app for everything). AND OH MY GOSH I LOVE IT. The app, which you can find here, is so incredibly helpful! It’s a guided meditation so a soft voice speaks to you while you’re meditating, and you can control how long you want to meditate for.

TAKE A BREAK

Stop what you’re doing and take a break. Distract yourself for a few minutes. Taking your mind off of the thing that’s stressing you out will help. Also just taking a break in general and doing something you love will definitely lower your stress.

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SCHEDULE WORRY TIME

This is great for people who start to stress about other things while working on something else. Schedule 5 or 10mins of your day to worrying. But the trick with this is if you start to worry about something, write it down and wait until the time of day when you get to reflect on it (honestly by the time it comes you’ll probably not worried about it anymore), and when the time is up you’re not allowed to worry about it until the next scheduled worry time.

DO YOUR HAPPY THINGS

These are things that (surprise) make you happy. For me it’s watching TV, taking a bath, or reading a book. Doing things that make you happy is the perfect distraction when you’re super stressed out.

MANAGE YOUR TIME/PLAN YOUR DAY

When you wake up in the morning, write what you would like to get done. Then try to plan your day around it. Some people like to give themselves time deadlines while others just try to complete the to do lists they made for themselves. Remember to be realistic with everything!to do

Hopefully these tips for managing stress were helpful!

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2 Comments

  • The scheduled worry time is a neat trick! I think the idea of journaling is a really good one. Getting that stuff out of your head is so helpful to relaxing. Once it’s on paper, often times it doesn’t seem so impossible anymore 🙂

    • Thank you! I’m glad you found some of them helpful 🙂 And I love writing it on paper because if it’s something really stressful that’s been keeping me awake at night or something, I actually like the rip up the paper. It actually helps a lot!

      xo
      Catherine

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