Stress (Part 1) - Strategies for Releasing Anxiety & Stress
Anxiety in day-to-day life can really be debilitating. We all have tolerance levels for different aspects of our lives – whether that be a threshold for stress, social interaction, or family responsibilities etc. EVERYBODY deals with life pressures differently, and it is important not to judge yourself based on your personal tolerance levels. Trusting yourself to know what you can handle is key, right up there with the sometimes elusive ‘self-love’.
I can really attest to the fact that while there are many techniques out there for managing stress and anxiety, there is one HUGE thing that you can do that will make all of the difference. And yes….like many worthwhile things in life, this is also the hardest thing to actually implement.
Please note that I am in no way providing medical advice, this article is aimed at helping people manage everyday stress and anxiety, please seek medical attention if you are really in a bad place and do not think you can manage on your own!
The One Thing
Now, that first step I hinted at - Well you’re probably not going to like it. You might feel like it is an impossible choice & you might absolutely refuse to consider it, completely fair enough but I will say it anyway.
I will start off by saying that everything in YOUR life is YOUR choice. Take the power back & have a real hard look at how you’re living it. If there is one big thing in your life that is causing mounting pressure and stress, this can be so detrimental. It can also lower your threshold coping levels for every other aspect of your life. Not good! You deserve to be happy!
Do you have a job you hate?
Stuck in an unhealthy relationship?
I’m sorry to say, but if this is the major cause of your stress and anxiety, then you are the only one with the power to change it, and remove yourself from the unhealthy situation.
I can tell you from experience that this is not easy. I recently left Veterinary School after 3 (out of 5) years, and have never been happier. I’m not a stranger to hard work (having already completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science), and sadly have also had more than my fair share of traumatic life experiences - in fact I thought I could tackle anything else that came my way in life and was honestly shocked by how overwhelming everyday stress and anxiety can be. This particular course was killing me, I was fast becoming a different person - someone who I didn’t like - and I can couldn’t pull myself out. Something needed to change. Yes it took me months of fighting with myself before I finally decided to put myself first and leave the unhealthy situation, but at some point you have to trust your intuition and just do it.
It’s scary of course - what else will you do in life? There are so many options and opportunities in this world that it’s just not funny; so many people, so many jobs, so many careers, and so many ways to create a happy life for yourself. Moving forward is always better than being stuck and unhappy. Being stuck somewhere you hate is just completely pointless, you aren’t going to suddenly wake up one morning and change your mind.
Just to be clear, I’m not talking about taking the easy path in life, or not working hard for what you want. I AM talking about that feeling you have hanging over you when a situation doesn’t align with your soul, and there is a part of you screaming to ‘get out’ everyday! We only live once (unless you believe in reincarnation!), so make it worthwhile!!
I’ll leave you with that for now and I really hope you can sit with it for a bit today & ask yourself truthfully if there is anything that needs to change. Please stay tuned for ‘Part 2- Everyday Strategies for Releasing Anxiety & Stress’, which I will post later in the week!