STRESS

Stress. 

Life can be very stressful. I know all of you have been stressed at one point or another. I often find myself getting stressed about the smallest things. I am trying to learn to relax a little more and take things one step at a time. 

One problem I have is that my mind is always spinning with “what ifs.” 

The “what ifs” only make things more stressful and confusing.

For the first time in my life, I don’t know what my future is going to be like. I have always known that I would be going to school next. I may not have known where or what I’d be doing at school, but I always knew that I would be going to school. 

Now that I have graduated, life is a little different. While I was searching for a job, I had a new plan for what I was going to do almost every day. Sometimes my plan would change about every ten minutes. 

And let me tell you… It was stressful. 

I didn’t know where I was going to be, what I was going to be doing, if I was ever going to get a job, and so on… 

I finally landed a three-month assistantship in Flordia. I had about two days to move across the country. I had only been to Florida once for a wedding. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. 

I was completely overwhelmed. 

Luckily I have an uncle who lives in Florida, so I stayed with him while I tried to figure out my living situation. 

My uncle and I walking down Worth Avenue (West Palm Beach)

That’s another story… but moving to Florida and starting a new job was definitely stressful. I made it worse by not doing what helps the most when I’m stressed. 

The best thing I can do while I’m stressed is exercise. I need to exercise consistently. That is definitely my stress relief. I feel so much better when I exercise. I feel better about myself, and when I’m exercising I get to take a break and do something that I love while not thinking about everything else going on. 

I do, however, find myself thinking about my life and stressors when I go for a long run, but it still helps me calm down and relax. If I am stressed and go for a run, my mind starts to spin and so many ideas and thoughts pop into my mind. 

I always ran along the Willamette River in Eugene, Oregon.

Although this may sound like it would make me more stressed, by the time I finish my run, I usually have a better understanding of what is going on, which makes me more relaxed. 

Another thing that helps me when I’m stressed is eating healthy. I feel so much better when I am taking care of myself by watching my eating habits. 

Sometimes when I’m stressed, I have the urge to eat unhealthily or stress eat and eat too much. This only makes everything worse. 

When I live a healthy and active lifestyle, I feel so much better. It definitely makes me feel better in stressful situations. 

If you ever are stressed, I encourage you to try and find something that makes you feel better. Even going for a short walk can help. 

What do you like to do when you are stressed?

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