As some of you may know I’m currently at university studying for an MSc in Occupational Psychology. And I’ve got just under 2 months left until I have to submit my dissertation. Although I feel like I’m on track with it all, there’s no denying that I’ve been feeling rather more stressed than usual!
Last year I posted my ‘5 tips for coping with stress and anxiety‘ which received a great response on Twitter. And while I’ve been making use of all the things I mentioned back then, I’ve discovered more things which have been helping me cope better with stressful situations and keep my panic attacks at bay (most of the time).
So, here are a further 5 tips for coping with stress and anxiety – I hope they help!
1. Try and enjoy the moment!
This one is definitely easier said than done, however I found that it’s the one thing that has been helping me the most in the last few months. This year I’ve been making a BIG effort to get over one of my all-time biggest fears (more on that another time?). However, when feeling anxious about it, or anything else I would ask myself – Is it worth feeling so anxious about this? Have I thought that I might even enjoy this experience? It’s amazing just how reframing the thoughts in your mind can make such a massive difference in the way you experience as situation.
Nowadays, even when I’ve been feeling stressed about things such as writing my dissertation, I’ve been telling myself that I might as well try and enjoy it as I highly doubt I’ll ever be going through the experience of writing another dissertation for the rest of my life!
2. Practice yoga.
Like most other people, I’d always heard that it’s good to practice yoga when you’re feeling stressed and that it’s a great way of relaxing. However, I’ve only actually got into practicing it myself at the beginning of this year. I can now see for myself just how much it helps with anxiety! I started off by attending public classes, however at the moment I practice at home.
There are some AMAZING videos on YouTube to help you with your home practice – my favourite one is by far Yoga with Adriene. Her 30 Day Yoga Challenge is a great place to start. I have found her videos to really help me to unwind and relax – I’ve even had some pretty bad tension headaches which would completely vanish once I’ve done one of her videos!
3. Don’t take on too much.
Learning to say ‘no’ to things and not allowing yourself to take on too much is one of the best things you can do to stop you from feeling overwhelmed. There’s only so much you can fit into one day, and making time for yourself is just as important for your wellbeing as anything else! Scheduling some time in your day to watch your favourite TV episodes, and getting enough sleep will make such a difference as you will feel more refreshed, calm and ready to take on the world!
4. Have a (Lush) bath.
Baths are definitely one of my favourite ways to unwind! Popping a bath bomb into the water and watching it fizz away and colour the water is something I find so therapeutic – not to mention it leaves my skin smelling great and feeling so soft after! Some of my favourite bath bombs from Lush include Twilight, which contains super-relaxing lavender oil, and Honey Bee, which contains honey and smells just sweet and delicious! If you’re looking to add lots and lots of bubbles to your bath, I love The Comforter (it’s all in the name isn’t it!?) and Brightside, which is so uplifting and turns your bath water orange!
5. Whatever you do, don’t procrastinate.
We all know the feeling – you’re about to get settled to start working on some very important task when suddenly….. you’re hungry, you’re just going to watch that last Youtube video, then you’re just checking there’s nothing interesting on Twitter one last time.. We’re all guilty of doing it at some point, but there’s nothing worse than wasting all your energy on procrastinating, only to get really tired by the time you actually get around to starting on what you intended on doing in the first place. Not procrastinating = being more productive = more time to relax!
Want more tips? Check out 5 (more) tips for coping with stress and anxiety.