It’s that time of semester when stress flops itself on me like a humungo worn out sumo wrestler. I’m generally, not a very stressed person, but I definitely have my moments. And in times like these, I sometimes have to go curl up in a ball, cry a little, then get up, smile, keep calm and be flippin’ awesome.
Stress is an energy vampire in itself, and there’s no need for that. Every ounce of productivity and efficiency is all the more crucial in these times, and there is absolutely no need to detract from either. Not to mention, research shows that stress leads to excess stomach fat. .So, what do I do to calm me down and refocus myself? I briefly cry if I have to cry—if not, yay me—and then I turn on Vince Gill’s “Sweet Little Corrina” and take deep savoring breaths. The world is once more my friend. Never fails.
Tips for preventing potential stress-induced breakdowns, or how to smooth them over when they suddenly jump out at you:
· Recognize when you might be susceptible to stress-induced breakdowns
· Get hardcore organized and write EVERYTHING down in one place—even when you’re going to eat and shower. My planner is my best friend in these times.
· Know what calms you—for me, one song and one song only is my cure. Other things I find therapeutic, such as writing, may lead to over indulgence—sometimes once I pick up the pen, I just can’t put it down.
· Breathe some fresh air, and go for a short walk-approximately 20-30 minutes.
· Avoid other stressed out people as much as possible, or people/situations that are generally energy vampires.
· Have a cup of tea.
· Count your blessings.
· Hug someone. Hug ‘em real good.
BIG LOVE & BIG HUGS