The inkling of being “stressed” has become an art, or almost something similar to that of a status. To be completely honest, I’m not so sure when this switchover occurred. It is almost as if people brag about being stressed these days. People complain about being so busy, and they permit stress to have such a robust impact on their day-to-day lives.
I can not say I disagree with this, though. I am a full time college student, try to maintain somewhat (lol) of a social life, am a part time blogger, and have a part time job. See? Right there I just started bragging about everything going on in my life right now. Did I mean to? No. Does it happen all the time? Well sort of…. Our society has fallen into such a state that we become victims of stress.
We think that it is okay to let the burden of stress be the reasoning behind every factor of our daily lives. Guess what people?! Stress isn’t what life is all about.
Since when is it okay for stress to run our lives? Since when is it acceptable for stress to be the motive behind our everyday tasks and decisions?
I constantly see so many of my fellow college peers writing endless to-do lists, engulfing themselves with venti, even trenti, sized coffee cups and running around like chickens without heads to get all of their assignments completed.
But, is that really what we aspire to be doing every day? Do we really want caffeine to be our only fuel as we pull all-nighters and head back to work the following day? This whole stress thing needs to end; it’s overwhelmingly taking over people’s every day routines and tasks.
So instead of continuing to stress about everything that you need to get done, and all of the things that you want to achieve in a given amount of time I will leave you with this:
STOP ACTING AS IF HAPPINESS IS A “GOAL”:
You should not have to work towards happiness. You are allowed to simply be happy. Maybe this is easier said than done, but think about it: you are alive, you have a purpose, and whether you like it or not you have one life to live- be happy!
TACKLE YOUR TO-DO LIST WITH THE RIGHT MINDSET:
Think about quality over quantity. In other words, think about what you are inputting vs. what you are outputting. Make sure that you are working with the right, positive mindset. Get what you need to get done, done but do it in a way that you can be proud of. Don’t work to work, but work to produce things that you can be grateful of.
MAKE SELF-CARE “NON-NEGOTIABLE”:
Caring for yourself, and your body are two major ways to reduce stress. Instead of making an effort to achieve these two things, make it a non-negotiable part of life that you must work on every day. Quit stressing about the small stuff and spend time on yourself. Go on a shopping spree, take time away from your to-do list and do things that bring you joy. Spend time with family, friends, and most importantly, yourself. Do everything in your power to achieve happiness without even trying at all.
FIGURE OUT HOW TO DE-STRESS:
There are a TON of different ways to limit stress. Relieving stress is different for everyone. For me, this usually calls for eating a whole entire pint of Ben and Jerrys ice cream. I know that this isn’t the healthiest thing on the list, but then again I also love going to the gym when I’m stressed so I feel like the two cancel each other out? Before anyone makes fat jokes about me I would like to defend myself in that I have other ways to relieve stress as well. Here are some of my go to destressers when ben and jerrys isn’t easily accessible:
Watch some Netflix.
Take a walk.
Eat a whole pint of ice cream.
Scroll through Twitter.
Do some online shopping.
Go to Starbs.
Plan a fake vacation.
Hang out with friends.
Take a nap.
Think about traveling the world.
Go to office hours– THIS HELPS!
Call my parents.
Take a hot shower.
Create a “to-do” list.
Scroll through Bloglovin’.
Catch up on YouTube subscriptions.
Blog about being stressed out… ha.
Go to the library.
Create a new Spotify playlist.
Create an inspirational Pinterest board.
Read a book.
Find the perfect Insta picture.