At this time of year, it can be hard not to look back and over analyse yourself.
Don’t like what you see?
Causing you to have panic attacks in the middle of the night?
Yeah, me too.
But… You can’t fix it in one night.
So just stop, breathe and chill.
And follow this list of stress-busters: (I’ve found them useful today.)
Take control of your day. Don’t let your productivity be determined by anything other than yourself. Do what you do! And do it well!
Talk to your friends and family. Connect with the people that love you. Just a message or if you’ve got the time a phone call or a cup of coffee. Let someone know that you’re thinking about them.
Take some time to yourself. A cup of tea. A nice book or tv show. Go for a walk. Eat your favourite comfort food. (Featured image is baked beans and cheese; my personal comfort food.) Just do something nice for yourself.
Set goals and complete them. Not big goals! Just things you can accomplish that you’ve been putting off. Write down your goals and then cross them out when you’re done! Today my goals are: Do laundry, get the guest room ready for Hannah, draw something and write two pages in my notebook.
Avoid your bad habits. Easier said than done, I know! Mine is binge-watching TV. Whatever yours is, don’t do it! It won’t make you feel better.
Go outside and stay hydrated. Getting fresh air, exercising and water will help calm your stresses. Take yourself away from screens.
Be positive. Think about what makes you happy. What good things are coming up this week? What have you done today to make you feel proud and happy? Look in the mirror and tell yourself that you’re amazing.
Plan something rewarding for the end of the day. Make it something to look forward to. Buy a nice pudding. Rent a great film. Play a game. Run a bath. Change the sheets on your bed so they’re crisp and fresh. I don’t know. Make it awesome though. You deserve it!
Thanks for reading!
For more info on stress-busting from the NHS: Click Here