Being stressed is the worst feeling and it makes your days feel crammed and dark while never ending tasks are being thrown at you. Last week I literally thought I was going to die from the lack of time I had to complete my school, work, and personal lists (so dramatic, I know).
THEN IT HIT ME!
If it is God will, I will live to see the next week and I will look back and laugh at how “stressed” I was and I’ll realize that life will continue to go on past the deadlines of exams, taxes, work projects and bills. It’s inevitable to be stressed but it all comes down to how you handle it. I am personally not a very good “handler of stress” but I am finding my rhythm and it is helping me see past the crammed dead lines of life. I want to enjoy the people and things around me with a clear mind that everything in my life is good and God is good. I may not have the dream job yet, the open schedule to say yes to every adventure that sings my name or the bank account that screams success and security but I do have tomorrow and the next day and the next week, month, and year to chase my dreams and complete my always growing list. I feel like society has put a time limit on when you’re supposed to “make it” and what your life is supposed to look like at 30, 40, 50 and the sweet retirement age of 65. Well guess what? I may not graduate college in the 4 year goal that everyone has…I’ll graduate next spring with 6 years under my belt and I’ll probably be late to all of the deadlines of life. My stress will fade away and then return once I take on new responsibilities but it is okay to accept the inevitable that life brings stress but it also brings magical moments and I refuse to let stress take over my life because who cares if I don’t meet societies standards. After all, the only reason I’m here on earth is to do one thing: spread the love of Jesus and live out my calling.
Find a way to cope with your stress and practice it regularly. I’m still figuring my personal prescription for stopping the stress and so far it involves:
-Yoga or running
-Making a cup of tea and sitting in my room with nothing to do. Just simply sit
-Take a really long shower…water is therapeutic to me (sorry California drought)
-Calling my mom or Brock and talking to them
-Talking to my therapist about life. (I’ve never been a fan of therapy but it’s really been helping me with my personal life issues)
-Saying no to too much. (such a struggle for me because I hate missing out on things)
-Cooking. Seriously, chopping stuff with loud music = muy bien.
-Listen to happy music.
Here are some verses to get you through the sticky stressful situations of life:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
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