We all have days when our anxiety is at an ultimate high, and we can’t focus on anything. There might be too much going wrong, or just too much in general. When you find yourself in this type of situation, you should reflect on these tips and tricks to help you calm down and tackle whatever life has thrown your way.
Usually, when I get stressed out, it’s because I’ll all of a sudden remember a bunch of stuff that I have to do, and start to feel like I don’t have enough time for everything. I’ll then end up in a panic attack instead of being productive. What has helped me the most is writing everything down. Assignments, interviews, work schedules, events. EVERYTHING. Go out and buy yourself a planner and a stack of sticky-notes, and use them! Remember that time that you told yourself, “I’ll remember that I need to get that paper written that’s due in a month,” and then end up pulling an all-nighter the day before it’s due? And you probably did this because you didn’t remember since it was assigned to you a whole thirty days ago and a lot has happened since then. It takes some time to get into the habit of writing down everything you need to do, but you will be so much more organized and better prepared because of it.
My next tip is something that will help you in more ways than one, but it does take a bit of effort. If you want to feel more relaxed, you need to develop a healthy lifestyle. By healthy, I don’t mean you have to hit the gym 5 days a week and drink a protein shake every morning (if you have the time and money to be doing that, I’m impressed). I’m talking about being in bed by midnight instead of scrolling through Tumblr until 4 AM. I always feel 100 times more relaxed and motivated when I’ve gotten my full 8 hours of beauty rest. If you’re worried about money, make yourself a sandwich at home instead of getting a $7 meal from the drive-thru. You’ll relieve some of that financial stress and put delicious nutrients into your body, which means a happier, healthier, you! Killing two birds with one stone, my friend. You should also try taking a break from Netflix and actually going outside! Studies have shown that the sun is good for our mental and physical health. Going out for a jog a few times a week or soaking up some vitamin D in your back yard lets you get away from reality for a little bit, while doing something good for yourself.
If your mind is going bonkers from trying to keep up with your to-do list, it’s time that you treat yourself. I know I just told you that eating healthy will help you de-stress, but that doesn’t mean that the occasional piece of chocolate cake isn’t allowed. Manicures, pedicures, and massages are great ways to let go and take your mind off things. But even just a hot bubble bath with some candles and your favorite book can help you calm down. Don’t be afraid to give yourself some ME time.
One more little snippet of advice for you: get a hobby. And no, I’m not trying to insult you; I really mean it! Spending your time doing something you love can do so much good for you if you turn it into an emotional outlet. I’m taking a painting class this semester which I thought would be horrible since it’s almost three hours long, but it has ended up being fun and a great stress reliever. And you don’t have to be a pro at whatever you decide to take up; believe me, I’m not Picasso. Whether it’s writing, basketball, photography, yoga, drawing, or just taking a walk, it’s something that lets you take a break from the hectic reality that is your life.