Sunday, 10 March 2013

Keep Calm :)

Hey again everybody!

This time I decided to write something different;  coping with stress, as I felt its something I've had to cope with myself in the last month or so. So here are some hints and tips that I find helpful when I feel under pressure, hope you can all relate to them and find them useful. Just remember to stay calm and that things can only get better :)

So what exactly is stress?

Stress is the body's way of responding to any kind of demand in life. There are so many types of stress, from worrying about small things like, where did I leave my phone? to How am I going to keep food on the table? 

Personally I am the type to worry about the smallest little things, like what people think of me, or what if my clothes aren't nice on me, such stupid little things to worry about when I think about it! But I often worry about the future as well, where will I be, what job will I have, will I be secure? Stress can really depend on alot of things, your lifestyle, your age, even your gender! Thankfully I managed to get past my teenage years but they can be so stressful to both boys and girls, worrying about their appearance and whether they'll be liked in society. All I can advise to any young people is just be yourself, no matter what you do, feel or look like. You're made that way for a reason. It took me a long time to realise this, but it's true. 

If you are stressed about your appearance, look at the video for Christina Aguilera's song 'Beautiful' and just think, she wrote that song for a reason, even somebody as successful and amazing as her had doubts about herself. Each person is their own worst critic. You just have to look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself you are beautiful inside and out! 

When I get stressed, I feel down, I find it hard to put a smile on my face. Because I'm usually such a bubbly happy person, EVERYBODY notices when I'm upset, which is a good thing really, because then I realise no matter what, I'll never be alone!  This is a very important thing to realise when you are upset, DO NOT be afraid to speak to somebody, its so unhealthy to keep it bottled up. 

When I get really tense about something, maybe money worries or an exam, I always feel muscle pain in the back of my neck and shoulders, sometimes I even feel sick in my stomach. Some people I know experience insomnia, headaches, even shortness of breath. In worst case scenarios it can lead to a mental breakdown. 
If your feeling stressed, you should never let it get that far, always remember there IS a light at the end of the tunnel. 

What do I do when I am stressed?

When I do feel stressed, I make sure I tell somebody about it, luckily I'm blessed with a great bunch of family and friends to get advice from. I always feel so much better after I tell someone what is worrying me. After all a problem shared is a problem halved! 

I also like to listen to feel good music, yes even the really cheesy ones! Some songs that help me are Don't worry be happy by Bobby McFerrin (a personal favourite since I was a child) One Republic- Good life, Eliza Doolitle- pack it up, The lighthouse family- High and of course Don't stop believing( which helped me through my exams in secondary school) 

One of the best cures I find for stress is a really long walk, somewhere peaceful, wether your alone or with somebody because it can really clear the mind! You could also take up a new hobby, maybe an adventure sport, go to the gym, or even join a local book club or cinema club to meet new people and  help take your mind off things! There are endless possibilites! 

Ok so everyone, I hope this helps if you are finding yourself under pressure, please don't let it get to you too much, as I said above talk to people, find a new hobby, go for walks, anything to help take your mind off things! 

Until next time, 
happy blog reading :) 

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