April marks Stress Awareness Month. Below, Ana shares some tips for managing stress and practising self-care.
I’m sure a lot of us have struggled with stress and every little thing feels impossible to solve. Sometimes it’s all about how you deal with it. First of all, let me just remind you of the amazing person you are and all of the hard battles you have gone through but YOU HAVE MADE IT. Personally, I try to train my mind to not be absorbed in the problem but focus on the solution. But what if that doesn’t work?
I’m a big fan of exercising but I feel like there’s this whole stigma that exercise is exclusive for the body. Well, I’m the living proof that exercise helps not only the body but your mental health too. Thank God for those endorphins. Don’t make excuses because you can’t get to the gym or because the gym memberships are very expensive (they may be) but there are other ways to exercise. If you like some structured exercise with someone telling you what to do then there’s various YouTube channels that may help you to become fit physically and mentally (personally I use Chloe Ting’s videos) also there are so many apps that can also help. You can also go on walks or runs if that is something you enjoy doing.
Having warm showers or baths often also help me to relax; I never knew water could be so effective in de-stressing. Although my friends laugh because I call it “skin care routine”. There’s nothing a good skin care routine and “me time” can’t fix or help. Sometimes my skin being on fleek is all I need to start a new day and feel like I’m indestructible.
Sometimes socialising helps me de-stress too, especially talking to my friends or family about what’s causing the stress because oddly, they can see my problems with another perspective and offer me obvious solutions that I didn’t think of. This might not work on everyone but if you have time try to reach out to others or your loved ones.
Learning a new skill in your spare time might give you the sense of achievement you may be needing, also making a goal, which is something that works well with me. Whether they’re short-term goals or long-term goals they always help me stay focused. Particularly with stress it helps me realise that maybe what I’m stressing about has absolutely nothing to do with my goals and actually isn’t that big of a deal. So, what do you really want to achieve? And is the thing that’s causing you stress preventing you from achieving your goal?
Finally, I left this for the end because it may not work on everyone. Look in the mirror or take pictures of yourself; be self-absorbed if you have to. From time to time this helps give you a little boost to your self-esteem and make you feel like you can do absolutely anything because you feel like a BOSS BXTCH.