Have you ever been so stressed you felt like you were suffocating? As a college student and young adult, I’m sure you have. I’m also positive that you try to avoid stress at all costs.
While I don’t encourage procrastinating, sometimes you need to just walk away and distract yourself from the stress you are experiencing so you can come back feeling better.
Once you are feeling a little better, you can come back and actually get to the root cause of why you are stressed in the first place. I just think that you can’t do that well when you are at the height of your negative feelings.
I have been experiencing stress a lot lately. And although I’m not entirely sure where it is stemming from, I have taken some time to take care of myself so I don’t end up burnt out.
This post is sharing 5 distractions you can use for then you are feeling stressed.
5 Distractions to Avoid Stress
1. Get out in Nature
I truly don’t know what it is about nature that has such a healing effect, but I swear it does. Any time I am feeling a little stressed or just down right crappy I head outside. Even now, as I write this post I am sitting by a little creek feeling calmer than when I got here.
2. Clean your space
Something about having the physical space around you clean helps you have a clear mental space. Whenever I am feeling stressed I can almost guarantee you that my bedroom is a complete mess. Once I take a few minutes to put the clothes on the floor away, get rid of any trash, and vacuum I always feel better immediately.
3 Read a book
Reading a book is a great way to distract yourself from being stressed. Grab a good novel and temporarily get lost in the world of a fictional character. Or pick up a personal development book and start working on yourself.
4. Move your body
This one isn’t so much of a distraction as it is a cure. Every time you move your body intentionally (more than just walking around your house) your brain releases endorphins that literally make you feel better mentally and physically. Even if you only move for 15 minutes – you will feel better. Dance around your room, do a quick HIIT video, or even go to a workout class.
Okay it is really no secret now that I am a huge fan of journaling. If you are having a hard time processing your thoughts and emotions, try writing it out. There are so many factors that could be contributing your your stress. And if you aren’t exactly sure what it is, journaling might be a good way for you to get to the bottom of what is causing you to be so stressed out.
Again, I am not condoning completely avoiding your responsibilities because you are stressed out. I simply believe that if you allow yourself to step away and regroup, you can experience more clarity and end up reducing your stress altogether.
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