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When Life Gets Stressful - 6 Tips to Help you Conquer Stress


I would first and foremost like to apologize about my lack of posting on my blog and social media accounts. As some of you may know, the last few months have been extremely hectic for me. I have shared a little bit of information on some of my social media accounts, but for the sake of transparency I am here to share a little bit more about what is going on in my life at the moment and how I am conquering it all.


The Issues

My stepfather, Mack, passed away on March 22nd after a rough and long fight with colon cancer. In the past few months leading up to his death I was traveling back and forth to the DMV area to visit them every week. From babysitting my siblings for a week while he and my mother visited the Cancer Treatment Center of America, to simply being there to spend time with and comfort him in his last few weeks, helping out him and my family was my number one priority.
This along with all of the daily facets of life, a full time job, school, and being there for my family throughout the past few months, I have been using these small practices to keep myself afloat.

How I Manage It All: The Solutions

Acceptance

After I began to acknowledge my positive and negative feelings, I was able to breathe a little easier. Ignoring or avoiding the subject can be potentially dangerous to your mental and physical health.

Get Support

I have a great network of loved ones, family, and friends who have been extremely supportive during this time. It is hard to go through things alone, and expressing yourself is essential during times of grief and stress. If you aren't comfortable discussing personal matters with your loved ones, there are support groups, counselors, therapists, or faith groups that may be able to guide you on your way.

Self Love

Self love has been another one of my priorities in the past few months. Check out these 10 Wonderful Ways to Practice Self Love.

Creative Expression

I've found that reaching in to my creative side has been extremely helpful with coping with stress. some ideas for creative expression are: writing, painting, drawing, crocheting, knitting, dancing, acting, DIY projects, you name it. Don't know where to start? I find a number of events, activities, and meet up groups dedicated to creative activities on Groupon, Meetup.com, and Eventbrite.

Relax

Find ways to relax and calm yourself down from a stressful day. Some people life to meditate, some like to workout, or even listen to soothing music. Figure out what your calming activity is and try to do it daily. Here are some examples:
  1. Start an art project (paint, sketch, sew, etc).
  2. Read your favorite book, magazine, or short story.
  3. Take up a new hobby, or revisit an old one. (I just started cycling)
  4. Play a sport.
  5. Listen to relaxing music. (I do this daily)
  6. Take a walk — explore a new part of town, walk around your neighborhood.
More importantly, know when to ask for help from a professional.

When Life Gets Stressful - 6 Tips to Help you Conquer Stress



I would first and foremost like to apologize about my lack of posting on my blog and social media accounts. As some of you may know, the last few months have been extremely hectic for me. I have shared a little bit of information on some of my social media accounts, but for the sake of transparency I am here to share a little bit more about what is going on in my life at the moment and how I am conquering it all.


The Issues

My stepfather, Mack, passed away on March 22nd after a rough and long fight with colon cancer. In the past few months leading up to his death I was traveling back and forth to the DMV area to visit them every week. From babysitting my siblings for a week while he and my mother visited the Cancer Treatment Center of America, to simply being there to spend time with and comfort him in his last few weeks, helping out him and my family was my number one priority.
This along with all of the daily facets of life, a full time job, school, and being there for my family throughout the past few months, I have been using these small practices to keep myself afloat.

How I Manage It All: The Solutions

Acceptance

After I began to acknowledge my positive and negative feelings, I was able to breathe a little easier. Ignoring or avoiding the subject can be potentially dangerous to your mental and physical health.

Get Support

I have a great network of loved ones, family, and friends who have been extremely supportive during this time. It is hard to go through things alone, and expressing yourself is essential during times of grief and stress. If you aren't comfortable discussing personal matters with your loved ones, there are support groups, counselors, therapists, or faith groups that may be able to guide you on your way.

Self Love

Self love has been another one of my priorities in the past few months. Check out these 10 Wonderful Ways to Practice Self Love.

Creative Expression

I've found that reaching in to my creative side has been extremely helpful with coping with stress. some ideas for creative expression are: writing, painting, drawing, crocheting, knitting, dancing, acting, DIY projects, you name it. Don't know where to start? I find a number of events, activities, and meet up groups dedicated to creative activities on Groupon, Meetup.com, and Eventbrite.

Relax

Find ways to relax and calm yourself down from a stressful day. Some people life to meditate, some like to workout, or even listen to soothing music. Figure out what your calming activity is and try to do it daily. Here are some examples:
  1. Start an art project (paint, sketch, sew, etc).
  2. Read your favorite book, magazine, or short story.
  3. Take up a new hobby, or revisit an old one. (I just started cycling)
  4. Play a sport.
  5. Listen to relaxing music. (I do this daily)
  6. Take a walk — explore a new part of town, walk around your neighborhood.
More importantly, know when to ask for help from a professional.
Tiffany Arlene
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