November 4, 2020

Oftentimes it’s easy to get lost in the chaos of everyday life. Perhaps you’ve found yourself becoming more and more stressed with little to no outward reason why.


I may not be able to help you solve the particular reason you’re stressed, but I can definitely give you some tips as to how I dealt with stress when things like that happened to me.


First, I’d like to say that I’m a bit of a workaholic when it comes to things like work and/or school, so obviously these tips may fall more on that side of the stress spectrum and may not fit what you personally need.


I recommend either researching or asking a professional in these situations as to better fit you personally and be most effective.


So, without further ado, let’s begin:


To me, school/work often feels like I’m on a jog, and sometimes that jog can feel more like an endless marathon where I barely set aside time to catch my breath.


Right now, I set aside time for myself and bounce from thing to thing that will keep me motivated throughout the day.


Currently the thing keeping me motivated is brushing my teeth and just general dental hygiene (I don’t know why either, don’t worry), but it’s the thing that I do daily that I know will cheer me up.


In the past I’ve made a routine out of listening to certain songs or watching shows at the beginning or end of my day just because they make me feel good about myself and motivate me to get through the day.


However, not everyone can find sanctuary in those sorts of things, and that’s okay! Just remember that regardless of what you think you should be doing, it doesn’t hurt to set aside some time for yourself to recuperate and take a breather!


Another that I’ve found to be important, and I know this is going to sound redundant and you’re going to say, “But Grace I’ve heard this a million times!” Believe me, I’ve heard the same thing more than I can count, but hear me out: a healthy amount of sleep.


Normally, I used to go to bed at around 1:00 a.m (yeah, not too fun for waking up in the morning), but when I started getting my work done faster I’d make an effort to go to sleep maybe an hour earlier than my habits at the time.


It did indeed work! The days felt less like chores the more sleep I got, which is what I was aiming for. I mean it when I say a little sleep would go a long way, especially if you’re usually awake a scrambling to get your work done.


These tips aren’t really asking for dramatic lifestyle changes, just a few extra hours set aside for yourself and more sleep. It doesn’t hurt to switch up your schedule to prioritize your mental health first, I promise.

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Grace Anderson is a Senior Writing and Publishing major and the Editor in Chief of The SIREN. She loves minions.

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