Take a Step Back and Breathe

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I've never been diagnosed with anxiety or depression, nor do I know how it must truly feel like, but I definitely consider myself to be an anxious person. My brain processes thoughts a million miles per second, my to-do lists are never-ending, I get distracted by my tasks easily, I fidget constantly and I force myself to become complacent and satisfied with my work, but it's never perfect in my eyes.

As I write this, I'm actually thinking about the next thing I have to do, drawing a mind map of the next 2-3 hours and what I can accomplish as each minute passes by. It's a terrible habit. I used to be worse. Nowadays I'm learning to take a step back, breathe, and take more of a realistic approach so I don't stress myself out before I begin anything!

If the symptoms above sound similar to you or some of the habits you've nurtured over the years, here are a few things that help me get through a stressful period:
  • Hop in the shower, even if it's for 10-15 minutes to decompress.
    WHY? You sometimes need to "escape" the space that may be causing you stress.
  • Keep a notebook beside you and write down things you're thinking about or what to-do items are on your mind.
    WHY? Once you have your thoughts on paper, that's basically step #1 to figuring out how you're going to get it done.
  • Out of everything on your massive list, take a moment to evaluate if some of those things can be coupled together, then choose 5 that you can and will get done THAT day.
    WHY? The feeling of crossing items off your list as you complete them is SO fulfilling, and you're slowly getting through your list one day at a time!
  • Read a book, watch TV, go to the gym or prepare a meal.
    WHY? You need to turn your brain off sometimes by doing an activity; finding a hobby that gets you excited is super important to your well-being.
  • GET OFF the Internet and social media to focus on work and/or enjoy blissful quality time with yourself and your loved ones.
    WHY? I can't stress enough about how much stress this can cause in your day-to-day routine. We're all guilty of it. The worst is being on Instagram while I'm working and trying to get things done; why add the craziness of other people's lives onto your plate?! You'd be surprised at how much time you have to breathe and actually accomplish if you give YOURSELF more time... not Insta Stories.
The list definitely continues as I find more ways to cope with this thing we call life. Regardless of what's going on, always know that you are not the only one and sometimes, just talking to someone can be a huge help. If you have any ways that you deal with stress or anxiety, I'd love to know and potentially add it to this list!

Dress: Club Monaco | Bag: Vintage Chanel | Shoes: c/o Nine West (similar) | Necklaces: Kate Space + Forever 21 | Lipstick: Revlon Ultra HD Lipcolor