Hello everyone! After a week of waiting, I’m back! I am so thrilled because I am finally over my flu! Hooray! I was trying everything to get over that stupid illness, but after I went through and removed the dust from my room and got a couple nights of good rest, I AM BACK~! Muahahaha. Anyways, today I want to talk to you all about something that I am sure all of you have gone through or are going through right now: stress. In our fast-paced society, it plagues us on a regular basis and can do some pretty bad damage to our bodies. So, what are things we can do to lower our stress levels and better ourselves?
So, why is stress so bad for us? Well, a small amount of stress is healthy. It can help motivate us or keep us on track and staying on a regular schedule. However, when the stress becomes so regular and overbearing, that is when it starts hurting us in more than one way. If you tend to stress a lot, it takes a lot of energy and a lot of our body’s resources. Stress causes our immune system to compromise and allows us to be more susceptible to colds, flus, and possibly other illnesses. Chronic stress does lead to severe anxiety and even depression, which is pretty bad in itself. I don’t know about you guys, but I do suffer severe stress and anxiety. Little things set me off into a frenzy within seconds and sometimes it causes me to have a nervous breakdown, BUT I am currently finding ways to relax and take better care of myself in those situations! So, what can we do to relieve stress?
Maybe this picture was a little…angrier than I had anticipated, but I assume you all get the picture? One way to get out your frustration or anxiety is to express yourself. Allow yourself to express you sadness, your anger, and your happiness is a healthy way. Talk to someone about what is stressing you out, because once it is off your chest, someone may have the perfect solution to your problem. I try to talk to Anthony or my father about what stresses me out and just being able to express why something is stressing me out is enough to make me feel better and releases a lot of pressure. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to your family or friends, find a counselor, a member of your church, or a licensed professional to talk to so they can evaluate your stress and find a solution as well.
One thing I have so much trouble with is exercising. I absolutely dislike sweating and feeling sore. The only exercise I actually enjoy is zumba, but going is rare due to a busy work schedule now. But, I can absolutely stress how important it can be to exercise your body. When you stress, pressure and tension builds in certain areas of your body. Mine builds in my upper back and shoulders. In order to relieve the tension, you have to exercise and stretch. Plus, exercising releases “feel good” endorphines and take your mind away from the stress. If you don’t have time for a gym, one way to exercise is through cleaning. I do this a lot at home now and sometimes even at my job if we have an important person coming in. I’ve already loss some weight, so I can tell you personally it works. Also, exercising allows us to practice breathing exercises which help us relax as well! So, let’s exercise our bodies!
Yes, it is something so simple. Finding your hobby can help you relieve stress simply by moving your mind from being focused on the stress to being focused on something you actually enjoy. My hobby? Well, if you couldn’t tell already…it’s reading (and cooking/baking)! I love reading because it puts me in a another world and takes me away from a current situation. It is so comforting and it takes me on an adventure. Only problem is…I tend to finish books with a day or two. If I am really interested in a book, I will not put it down. It will stay in my hands until I am done with it or I pass out from sleep. Anyways, find something you enjoy doing and find time to do it. Being able to enjoy yourself instead of stressing will help you mentally and even physically is your hobby is doing something…physical. If you enjoy shopping, go ahead and shop (responsibly)! Do what you love! And don’t let stress get in your way of enjoying a day to yourself!
Ah, my favorite and the last thing I am going to mention on today’s post: NAPPING/SLEEPING! I’m only 19, but I feel like sleep is so important to me. I have to get at least 6-8 hours in order to function for the day. Sleep is so beneficial to the body and mind! Sleep can rejuvinate your body, your skin, and your mind. It is important to get a healthy amount of sleep when you are chronically stressed because you’re not reliving the stress day after day, minute after minute. It is a healthy getaway, if you ask me. You’re able to relax in your bed and just sleep it off! It seems ridiculous to some, but if I have had a stressful day, I always take a nap. Every Time. No joke. Just nap your stress away. That’s it.
Well, ladies and gents! I am so glad to have finally posted, although it took me a bit longer than expected because of spending quality time with my family tonight but I was able to get it done regardless, so I am happy! I hope you all are pleased and don’t be afraid to comment with things you do to help you relieve stress! I love to read and try some ideas~! Anyways, I have to get to bed so I can make it to work in the morning! Good night everyone!! And don’t forget to follow me on twitter, instagram, and youtube @taylorrae319 and tumblr @simplytaylorrae!!
Thanks for reading~! ❤