Stress and how to overcome it: An article written by Kaitlyn Pibernik
Stress: The cons… and cons.
If there is any upside to stress, it’s that you learn how not to cope with it in the future. Any kind of stress is difficult to overcome but I know we can do it together.
My Story And How You Can Relate:
I’m Kaitlyn Pibernik, and I’m a freelance writer from England. Obviously, I have experienced all kinds of stress. Be it mild due to smashing a glass, or losing someone close to me, I have lived and learned. Writing can be stressful, but I choose to do it because of the praise I get and with that the rewarding outcome. I have absolutely put my all into what I love and have absolutely been stressed once or ten times… I know, for sure, that I can write my thoughts and feelings and make you feel just a little more motivated.
I don’t know you, but I know how stress works. We’re all wired the same. We’re all human, and we all respond to stress the same way. It wears us out, tires us, stresses us out… I know how to fix it. From personal experience, I can help you.
Did you know that too much stress could result in physical problems, like heart disease, chest pain, high blood pressure, and an irregular heartbeat? You may think ‘Nah, that wouldn’t happen to me. I’m healthy,’ but truthfully, no matter how healthy you are, no matter how good your diet and exercise routine is, you will see the effects of stress on your body if you let it consume you. In 2015, about two in five adults (39 per cent) report overeating or eating unhealthy foods in the past month due to stress, compared to 33 per cent in 2014.
How To Cope With Your Stress
We need to do this systematically. You don’t need to follow all of this advice, I know that everyone is different. Whatever works for you. But just follow the subheadings, and you’ll find what fits best with how you deal with things.
- Things To Look Out For
Watch your mental health. Seriously. It’s completely understandable how you can get swept up in work, school, college, uni and not notice that you’re not yourself. You can subconsciously go to sleep later, wake up later, not eat as healthily as normal, or not drink as much. Maybe drink too much.
Symptoms such as wrinkles by the eyes, dry mouth, tiredness, fatigue, irritability, anger, constant crying, palpitations and more can mean you’re under too much stress. Please, for yours and your surrounding associates’ sake, please seek professional help if you notice these things. Stress can lead to depression, which the symptoms are the same with a few more thrown into the mix. Research everything, and SEE A GP.
- Socialise; Don’t Alienate Yourself Or Become Solitary.
We completely know it’s hard. It’s so understandable. I’ve been there, I know how it is. You feel tired, you feel hungry and thirsty but you don’t want to go outside. How about set alarms? Move your alarm across the room, so you get up. Set yourself interesting tasks to complete, so your day is more fun. Have a healthy breakfast, compliment your family and say good morning. Talking is better than being quiet. Don’t fake a smile and tell people when something is wrong. If you don’t know if they’ll listen, talk to them about it. Something like ‘hey, I’m not sure I’m feeling so good. Can we talk about it please?’ and they’ll definitely say yes. When you’re with your friends, interest yourself in their activities. Ask questions, maybe if they’re feeling stressed. Maybe they’re experiencing the same issue as you?
- Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle
So, like me, you probably like baths. And showers. Hot ones. They’re an amazing way of relieving stress, loosening up the tense muscles in your body and making you feel comfortable. Submerging your head (up to your ears) in the water, closing your eyes and rubbing them with warm soapy water. It’s an instant stress-reliever and it’s an amazing process. Isn’t is amazing how water can relax you so much? How about you throw in a bath bomb, they’re cheap and they smell amazing. They have herbs and minerals specialised in relaxing the body. Truly a heaven send. Submerging your body in a warm (not hot) bath can be psychologically soothing. Scandinavians take plunges in cool water after time in a sauna, while the Roman love for baths gave birth to huge bathing complexes with under-floor heating and a range of temperatures, some of which are still standing today.
You’re not on your own. Definitely, and you can certainly get help. Consult your local GP if you have symptoms of depression, anxiety or other health problems caused by stress. Even if you’re uncertain, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
So, in conclusion… Stress isn’t good.
Throughout my life, I have been sad, and I’ve had a lack of motivation. I’ve gotten in from a hard day, had more work to do afterwards but then have just slept through it all.
If you’re stressed, feel the pressures of social living and desperately need an intermission, I can assure you that you’re not alone. Every day, we are exposed to the debatable and controversial material, the workplace and school environments are large contributors to the amounts of stress we experience.
With previous experience as a personal mentor, I have great skills with mental well-being; I know how to guide you if you’re struggling. This article is targeted at a dedicated, self-driven audience that hopefully wants to succeed as much as myself. It’s all about dealing with the stress in a healthy, organised way. I’ve run late on deadlines, late to class, late to meetings (or maybe have missed one or two) but in the long term I have genuinely learned from it.
You learn to wake up half an hour earlier, or you learn how to spend less time in the shower (even if you love your time in the shower). I know how nice it is to have a long bath at night but I also love the feeling of having enough sleep. It’s about finding a healthy midpoint in which you are happy and your outcomes are almost always positive.
Paint a picture in your mind of yourself. A self-portrait, but annotated. Draw branches from yourself with every goal and aim you want to achieve. Listen to music, get yourself in the mood. Maybe even draw this image on a pad, and colour it in. It’s all about what works for you. Do you want to be a writer? Do you want to be an artist, musician, receptionist, professional bicycle rider? Elephant tamer? Do you have the motivation for it? Are you stressed? Please, trust me, it gets better.
Here are some helplines if you need extra help:
Childline HelpLine: 0800 1111
Written by Kaitlyn Pibernik.