Thursday, 19 December 2013
Six ways to cope with stress + Get Filed’s 2014 Doodle Planner
Face it. Stress (although not all the time bad) will always be a part of our daily lives. However, it is up to you whether to let it eat you up and turn you into an irritable grape or move and actually do something about it. For most part, being a slasher brings on a tremendous amount of stress, so in case you’re interested, here are my top six ways on how I personally deal with stress!
1. Learn to say ‘No’
I’m a very passive person, and it’s really hard for me to say ‘no’, mostly because I generally do not like turning people down. This is obviously not healthy though, because doing so will put your needs second and will cause hurt, anger and resentment down the line. The best way to cope with this, for me, is finding the balance between being ‘nice’ and being ‘too nice’ Learn to delegate stuff at work, limit accepting too many favors that it starts compromising your time and energy and most of all, never forget to always leave something for yourself.
2. Get up
I enjoy walking because one, it gives me something to do and two, it clears my head of unnecessary things (spell self-depreciating thoughts) Any activity will do really, so long as it can temporarily push away the thoughts from your mind until you’re calm enough to make rational finalities after, lest you make decisions you would regret later.
Being with other people is probably the last thing on your mind whenever you’re all wounded up and tense, but connecting is actually a great idea since it provides a distraction and gives avenues for you to vent some of your pent up anxiousness with people who actually matter. Sometimes just having someone to talk to about how unbelievably crazy your day went or how you’re up to your neck with deadlines is enough to make one feel better.
4. Write it down
I have at least three ways on how I document my life. One is through this blog and my countless social media accounts, the other is through snippets of my thoughts as they come promptly saved on my phone and the last are my two daily journals. This may sound counterproductive to some (Haha!) but I cope best by doing the things I enjoy best - that is doodling and writing. If you know me personally, you would know that when Charlene has nothing to do, she doodles.
The amount and quality of your sleep is directly proportional to your mood, energy, concentration and overall functioning for the day. Sometimes though, things get too much for you to handle and you find yourself going to bed at 5PM instead of your usual 10PM, and that’s okay. Get some rest, sleep it off and think that tomorrow will be kinder.
6. Laugh it off
A lot of people underestimate the power of laughter. I saw this miracle once during a laughter therapy session with a group of elders at one of our clinical rotations at school. Being the optimistic person that I am, I believe that there will always be something left to smile about, and laughing (even if you do it forcefully) will always bring about a positive change in your body (it increases serotonin levels if you want to go all science-y!) So read jokes, make a joke, be around people who makes jokes and laugh your stress away!
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