Life can get pretty overwhelming at times. Whether its work, school or your social life, the stresses of life can sometimes take over, leaving you feeling tired, vulnerable and often unhappy.
Everyone is different. We all have a stress threshold and we react in different ways when it is reached. When we are stressed we can often feel suffocated, not good enough and worried, this impacts all areas of our lives. I am sure there are days when you have snapped at someone at home over something really trivial, only to later wonder why you reacted in such way.
High levels of stress can consume us and change the way we feel, think and subsequently, act - not to mention it can be very draining.
You have to learn to SWITCH - Switch the thought pattern!
When things start to get stressful, stop and thing about the situation. Ask yourself, what can I do to make this better?, how can I focus this energy on something positive rather than letting it take over. Never underestimate yourselves. You are capable and everything you live through is shaping your character. You may not be able to control exactly what is happening, but you can control how you respond to it. Don't let tasks consume you, you are much more than that.
Here are some things I do when I am stressed/starting to stress;
1. Take a break: Sometimes a bit of fresh air to clear your head will do wonders or you could make yourself a cup of tea and just relax for a bit. (I don't know why, but tea time always feels appropriate when I am feeling a little stressed!)
2. Do some exercise: Getting your heart rate up and blood pumping helps to release toxins in the body and creates endorphin's - the things that make you feel GOOD! I like to box, do martial arts or head over to my local F45 - whatever works for you will be just fine!
3. Talk to someone: Speaking to someone who may be going through the same thing as you can help, or otherwise just having a chat with someone you trust can make you feel better. Sometimes people offer a new perspective that can help you re-evaluate a situation and your feelings towards it.
4. Think of your longer term goals: Think about how the stress you are feeling is contributing to your overall goals or passions. Maybe this is just shaping you for something in the future?
5. SWITCH - Try to focus the energy and emotions you are feeling into something positive. Sometimes stress can make me feel more determined to do something, yes, at times I have to take a moment to get my head together, but it can be used to motivate - you just can't let it consume you!
If you are struggling and need help, don't hesitate to contact Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14 - there is always someone who cares and is willing to listen!