Stress is an inevitable part of our life and it is even needed on certain levels so as to help us focus, think, act, resolve everyday problems and increase productivity. Although, when the person is unable to restrain stress levels, it can lead to mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and panic attacks. With the right help, you can get over your anxiety or at least to live with it without letting it take over your life.
Some of the symptoms of anxiety are tachycardia, frivolous breathing, excessive sweating, headaches and in the worst case scenario panic attacks. That’s why the alpha and omega, in that case, is to remain calm and try to relax. Do some deep breathing exercises so as to reduce stress and clear your mind while you are listening to calm music or nature sounds.
TIP: If you are having difficulty to relax and you are on the edge of a panic attack, drink some cold water and use a paper bag for your deep breathing exercises.
Most of our anxiety comes from failing to meet certain deadlines such as preparing for finals, handing over assignments or completing work projects in time. Procrastination is a common mistake we do but the price we have to pay afterward is totally not worth it. Be always a step ahead of your day by planning your schedule in advance.
TIP: Organize and set your weekly goals and deadlines on Sundays and write a daily to-do list the night before with the three most important tasks you need to accomplish at the top of your list.
SET REALISTIC GOALS
There is no meaning setting goals if they are impossible to accomplish in the first place, right? Goals are supposed to be a source of motivation so if you don’t keep them reasonable and reachable, they will end up having the opposite effect. I am not saying you shouldn’t try to overcome yourself by aiming higher but you shouldn’t overdo it either. Don’t try to achieve everything at once. Set smaller, realistic goals which will help you reach your ultimate goal.
TIP: It is essential to be aware of your strong points as well as your weaknesses and taking everything under consideration when you are setting your goals.
LET GO OF YOUR EMOTIONS
There will be days when you feel like you can’t take it anymore, like you are a mass of emotions, thoughts, and worries ready to explode. Like you are suffocating by all this pressure. Let it all out, free yourself from everything that holds you back by sharing it with someone you trust. Ramble to them for hours and hours, nag about how unfair life is, cry if you feel like. Once you get it all out off your chest, you will start feeling like yourself again.
TIP: If you have no one in your life you feel comfortable enough sharing your pain and worries try to write all your thoughts in your journal.
FOCUS ON THE THINGS YOU CAN CONTROL
Don’t stress about the things you can’t control. There are tons of things we wish to do and change but one person is impossible to achieve everything on his own. Learn to rely on others from time to time and focus all your energy on what is in front of your eyes. You can’t control how others react or think but you can control your own thoughts and actions. You should always aim to become the best version of yourself.
For example, you can’t control the questions your professor will choose for the test at your finals but you can control how hard you will study and prepare for them.
When our friends and family are feeling down or are stuck in a rut, we always listen to them carefully, we try to give them the best advice possible, we stay by their side for as much as they need to. So why aren’t we doing the same thing when it comes to our inner self? It’s not you against yourself, it’s you against the problem. On your bad days, be a little kinder to yourself, always.
Failure is one of the hundreds possible outcomes of our decisions and actions. As imperfect beings we are destined to fail at least once in our life. You need to start romanticizing the idea of failure in your mind and face it as a valuable learning experience when it happens. The important thing is how you deal with it and how you overcome it. As long as you embrace failure, reflect on your mistakes, re-evaluate your journey and have the willpower to try again, there is no doubt you will reach your goal eventually. Yes, you may fail again along the way and that is ok. Keep going, to me at least, means keep trying, keep failing and keep trying all over again.
Thanks for reading. Let me know your thoughts in the comments down below. See ya next Monday with a new blog post so stay tuned. xoxo ♡
Lots of love, Vaso