High Five Friday #10: Handling Stress
Hey there loves!
I am more than ready to celebrate HFF this week as there is so much to high five about! :)
This week has been an incredibly long and busy week for me, but I got through it and boy am I proud of myself! :) I can simply give myself a high five for putting all of the hard work I have into school this week, but I have done so much more than that!
It seems that when school gets busy and exams start approaching, I become quite the little stress basket. My mind goes a million miles an hour and I have a hard time just relaxing. This week I noticed the stress coming on, but instead of freaking out I handled it very well using some of my favourite techniques and rituals :) I thought I would share some of them with you today:
Taking a moment to shut my eyes, breathe, and let go of everything that is on my mind. I do self talk and ask myself “what should be done first?” I pick one thing to focus on and go from there. When I focus on more than one thing I start to stress and become anxious over all I have to do, but I find that if I step back from it all and focus on the one most important task I am able to think much more clear and be much more effective and efficient.
Surrounding myself with positive people always helps me relax and let go of stress, as well. Yesterday I was able to meet up with my friends, who are very positive people and always have a tendency to make me feel good about myself. We went to the movies to see The Hunger Games. It was a great night out and I am so happy I chose to go :) The movie was much more than I expected it to be. Yes, there was violence, but there is a beautiful story intertwined, as well. I am thinking I should read the books now ;)
Being around positive people is a very important thing to do, when under stress or not. Keep the people who make you feel good about YOU close :) They are who you want in life!
Going for a walk always helps clear my mind. Actually, I think a lot when I walk, but about other things – not what is stressing me. Instead of thinking about school and the four exams I have to write, I will go for a walk and find myself thinking about my future trip to Barbados, recipes I want to try, the new colour of nail polish I want to try, how beautiful the birds sound, but most often I think about this cutie.
My Mom sent me this picture the other day and it brought the biggest smile to my face! My Mom titled the picture “morning stretch”. She is so precious <3 I miss my baby.
Talking. Something as simple as talking always always always helps me de-stress. Whether it is talking to my Mom or Dad on the phone, Abby, Heather, or Sarah over text messaging, Tara or Lisa over an email, Chelsea over a tea date, or myself – talking will always calm me down :) (Yes, I talk to myself quite often.)
Doing house chores is incredibly relaxing to me, as well. I wash a lot of dishes which is why my nail polish is always chipped :( and I also vacuum a ton, too :) There is something about those two “chores” that I find incredibly stress-releiving :)
I have practiced all of the above rituals this week in order to handle my stress in a proper manor, so, for that, I deserve a high five :)
The other high five that will be sent out this week is to Janetha for creating Adventurous April! I absolutely adore Janetha in general, but I truly appreciate her creation of Adventurous April as I find it incredibly motivating and gives me even more of a reason to do different things than the “usual” :) Thanks, girl <3
Let’s continue celebrating High Five Friday! Link up your HFF post below or comment below and tell me what you are giving yourself a high five for this week!
How do you handle stress?
What are your favourite house “chores”?
Did you check out FLOW today!?
It wouldn’t be a Friday if I didn’t incorporate Lindsay’s FLOW into my post, so here is my Fitness Love of the Week:
My current fitness love is most definitely my new gym shoes!
I did a mini review on my new shoes in the post I linked up above, but a full one is coming soon! :) I am in love with these shoes and they definitely deserve a full post ;)
See you tomorrow with a sweaty post for Sweat It Out Saturday!