Mini Blog Posts will be what I am posting between my Wednesday and Sunday posts! I have found that Wednesday and Sunday posts are easier for me to do schedule wise. This semester of law school is a little demanding because I am doing a few things on top of my classes. These Mini Posts can be about anything! They may be about a product I am loving or about something I just want to talk about on the blog. Today my Mini Blog Post is on how to deal with stress in 5 minutes or less.
Stress is something that everyone has to deal with. I know for me personally in the past, especially in high school and undergrad I did not handle stress very well. During my last semester of undergrad I suffered from crippling migraines that would leave me unable to focus on anything. At the time I was getting these migraines I had a full plate between school, my personal life, and my E-Board position for my sorority. I was finishing my last semester of undergrad with a full load and a writing intensive history class. My fiancée (then boyfriend) and I had recently moved in together and had a new corgi puppy who felt the need to destroy everything in sight and pee all over the apartment. I held the Panhellenic Delegate E-Board position for my sorority and was trying to juggle Panhellenic meetings, E-Board meetings, chapters, Panhellenic events, and any mandatory event for my sorority. It was a lot. Just writing about it brings up a little flutter of panic and stress.
I knew that when I started law school I was going to have to do something to help distress my life. I wasn't going to be successful if I was constantly stressed and suffering from migraines. Don't get me wrong I still sometimes get stressed. Everyone does, that's just a fact of life. But I have figured out some tricks to distressing in 5 minutes or less and I want to share them with y'all!
1) Dance Like No One is Watching
If you are home or in your office or in a part of the school library where no one ventures take a dance break. I'm serious. You will be surprised how refreshed and stress free you will feel after dancing around like a manaic to one of your current favorite songs. For me personally I suggest T Swizzle's (Taylor Swift) "Shake it Off" or Demi Lovato's "Heart Attack." Any song will do as long as it is up beat and you can just let loose and dance like you are a back up dancer for Beyoncé!
2) Listen to Some Up Beat Music
If you can't have your own personal dance party because the boss would not approve of you twerking it in the office or you don't want to be escorted out of the library by campus security then put on some up beat music. To do this go to Spotify or your iTunes library and find an a great song! Put the song on and just sit there and listen to it. Don't work on anything, just sit there, focusing on the music and the rhythm of the song. This does wonders for me when I am needing a break. I tend to bob my head along with the music which is completely socially acceptable, and even if it isn't who cares. Do what works for you to be stress free!
3) Meditate for 5 Minutes
I won't lie meditating is hard. There is a fine line between meditating and falling asleep. I got into meditation when I was in undergrad and taking several classes on Buddhism for my Asian Studies minor. I've even got my parents into meditating and they do it every morning together before work. Meditating is all about clearing your mind and thinking about nothing. Before doing this I recommend setting a timer for 5 minutes just incase you fall asleep. To meditate I lean back in my chair and relax my body, letting it go limp. I close my eyes and focus on my breathing. I take deep breathes thru my nose and release them slowly back out thru my nose. I do this for five minutes, only focusing on my breathing and nothing else. It takes a while to get good at fully clearing your mind and don't worry if you don't get it the first couple of times you do it! Meditation takes practice but I promise it will work wonders at distressing!
4) Eat Some Fruit and Drink Some Water
I find that staying away from junk food when I feel stressed helps. Instead of heading to the vending machine or Starbucks for a coffee when you feel the stress cravings coming on reach for some fruit and drink some ice cold water! I don't know what it is about fruit, especially some sort of berries, but I find that taking the time to stop what I am doing and snack on something healthy helps distress me. Maybe there is something therapeutic about having to pop a berry into your mouth one at a time and that being the only thing you are sitting there doing. I don't know what it is about eating fruit and drinking water but for me personally it helps me distress when all I want to do is scream.
I hope these tips help y'all! What do you do to distress? Comment below and let know!
Now excuse me while I get back to writing my legal memo due Monday!
Have a great day y'all! Stay beautiful and confident!