Today I woke up early with butterflies in my tummy to go to my doctors appointment. I’ve been so nervous about getting these test results back after being ill on and off for the past month. The good news is that it’s none of the things they were testing for like Crohn’s, Celiac disease, Diabetes and general bowel disease. The not so good news is that my body isn’t dealing well with the stress that I’ve been under and it’s made me sick. I read somewhere once that we shouldn’t talk about stress, that it was a very british thing to say when we are and we shouldn’t do it. I thought about that for a long time and I think it’s part of the reason I don’t like telling people I’m stressed, I don’t want to seem like I’m whinging.
After hearing from the doctor what being stressed is doing to my health though (and this isn’t the first time), I realised this IS something that needs to be spoken about. Especially with students, I’m in my final year at university and the stress is unbelievable. There is so much pressure to do well, work out what I want to do, find jobs, apply for jobs, socialise, enjoy all the ‘lasts’, apply for postgrad schemes. On top of all that I have my spine stuff and my mental health. As my mentor said to me, it’s no wonder that I’m getting stressed out at the moment.
So I did what I always do, I wrote a list of things to help me deal with stress and hopefully some of them can help you too
- Write things down, what you need to do, things that are worrying you, things to look forward too. Everything is a lot better when you write it down. I usually do it in fun colours.
- Be honest with the people around you.
- Learn to say no, when things are too much or you don’t want to do them. Saying no is ok!
- Listen to your body! That’s probably the most important
- Find a stress reliever, I always feel better after a workout if my spine would let me I’d be in the gym every day.
- Try and get a good nights sleep.
- Whenever you can, be around people who make you feel good!
- Treat yourself to something you want
- Allow yourself to be a little selfish.
I plan on doing all of these on my week off to try and recharge my batteries and get ready for the final 6 weeks of lectures (!!).
Let me know what some of your stress busting tips are in the comments.