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So, this week instead of attending class I am going “out in the field” and observing occupational therapists working. On Monday I was in a hospital and I saw several things that were really overwhelming for me. At the end of the day I felt kind of stressed, tired, and overwhelmed by everything. I wasn’t planning on working out that day because I was so tired, but as soon as I got home I realized that I needed a way to relieve my stress. So, I headed to the gym and got a quick workout in. I felt so much better, and after watching some tv and talking to Chris and my friends my overwhelming feelings were gone!
Finding healthy ways to relieve stress is really important. We all experience stress sometimes- that’s just a natural part of life. How you respond to stress can really help determine how you will ultimately feel.
I thought I’d share some of the ways that I relieve stress.
Working out not only helps me clear my head and thoughts, but sometimes the pounding, jerking around, pushing types of movement can help take out some anger!
2. Talking to Chris, friends, and family.
Having social support when I’m feeling down or things are hard is so important for me! Sometimes I just need to vent and get things out and other times I need to talk through them. Either way, I love knowing that I can call someone or talk to them in person and they can help validate my feelings, calm me down, and offer suggestions.
3. Turning on some music and dancing!
Sometimes, just listening to upbeat music and “dancing it out” is just really cathartic for me! And I always get reminded of these dance scenes:
4. Watching some tv.
Watching something mindless or entertaining is a great way to get my mind off of why I am stressed and it often allows me to calm down!
5. Do you something that I love.
Sometimes reading, writing, or blogging is a great way for me to relieve stress. When I’m doing something that I truly enjoy I can start to feel better and clear my mind!
6. Taking a hot shower.
I realize that taking a hot shower may be hard on your skin, but I LOVE it. Something about it just calms me down and makes me feel so good :).
7. Petting Zoey
There is something about petting an animal that is really soothing. Whenever I pet Zoey I just feel more happy and relaxed. Plus, she’s a cutie so that helps too.
8. Getting some fresh air.
Usually when I get fresh air I go for a walk, so the combo of walking and breathing in the all of the smells is really peaceful. It also gives me time to think about what’s causing my stress.
I have plenty of other ways that I relieve stress, but those are some of the big ways that enable me to do so! I hate being stressed and feeling anxious about something. It’s much better for me to calm myself down!
Hope you all have a great Wednesday!
Have you ever been really overwhelmed by something that you’re working toward becoming? How did you handle it?
What are some ways that you relieve stress?