I'm in my last year of high school which means exams are just around the corner. I'm sure most of my fellow classmates are feeling the pressure of succeeding as they study. This time of year can be stressful for everyone, especially when summer is in full swing. While some are lucky enough to relax and vacation all summer, some are busier than ever, trying to balance a busy work schedule with family, friends, and personal interests. I feel like people get stressed very easily these days which doesn't have to happen.
Throughout my high school years, I have figured out how to let things roll off my back. I don't get stressed out as easily and when I do, I take the necessary steps to deal with those feelings of panic and anxiety. So without further ado, here are my tips to dealing with stress.
Step 1: Organize Your Thoughts
What does it look like when I'm stressed? A lot of thoughts running through my head, bouncing off the walls and crashing into other thoughts. It looks like me not being able to focus on the thing I'm doing because I'm constantly trying to figure out when I'll have time to do everything that needs to be done. For me personally, it really helps me to get my thoughts down on paper. I write out everything that I need to do and when it needs to be done by. Then I make a checklist for each day of the week and write down what I will do that day. If you can make a mental checklist without losing your marbles, I applaud you! That's very impressive in my book.
Step 2: Get Through the Week
For me, the only way I can work through my stress is to do everything on my checklist for each day. That's just me though. You might have a different method of keeping track of what you need to do. Either way, I find it helpful to take it one week at a time. After I get through the first week, I repeat the process of organizing to-do lists for the next week until my life slows down a bit.
Step 3: Make Time for What You Love
It is important to make sure you get everything done that you need to but I think it's equally important to set some time aside to do something you enjoy doing. Setting at least an hour aside each week for your passion will take the pressure off and dissolve the feelings of anxiousness and worry.
Doing what you love, whether it be drawing, reading, playing an instrument, or something else entirely, gives your brain a break and allows it to focus on something that makes you happy. This will rejuvenate you and, hopefully, leave you feeling motivated and inspired.
It's easy to sit around and let stress consume our thoughts and actions as we struggle to get just one task done. In my personal experience, the best way to approach a busy time in your life is with a plan. These steps help me work through a stressful time but everyone is different and must find what works best for them.