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How to Reduce Stress – 4 Things to Do

Being someone that once had acne I had to learn how to help my skin and avoid certain things. I noticed that my acne was worse during midterms and final exams. I had acne all throughout college but I always noticed it a lot more during the months that I had exams. I remember once in 2012 I researched “stress acne” and it was actually a thing. Many people experience it and try to avoid stress.

However, stress can happen in every aspect of your life but it really depends on how you manage it. Many people get stressed at work because they have so many deadlines to meet with short notice. Being able to plan your day-to-day really helps with deadlines. Of course, you cannot plan your every day at work because many things can happen, yet, you can have a plan for what you need to do.

I worked at a law firm once and on Mondays when I would walk into the office I would see my tasks for the week. It was a lot, over 200 tasks to complete in a given week. Yet, I had to contact clients, I had to go to court hearings with the attorneys, I had to interpret for all the attorneys who had client consults with Spanish speaking clients, and much more! All of these activities took away from the forms I needed to fill out and file with the court or mail docs to USCIS. However, I had a list of things that I needed to do and I always found time to get those things done before 5 pm.

Now as I am pursuing a professional degree I have so many deadlines to complete within a given week. I literally live off of my planner. If it were up to my degree I would go to class and then head to the library and lose all contact with society, ha-ha. However, I’ve learned in this journey that there is so much more to this degree besides it and I need to do the things that I once enjoyed prior to school.

I do get breakouts from time-to-time and it’s around final exams. However, it’s nowhere near the acne I developed while I was in college. Therefore, I’ve developed hobbies to overcome the stress I get from work and/or school.

Meditation Increases Productivity

Every morning I wake up and I pray. My prayer consists of gratitude for everything I have and for everything I will attain. Once I complete my morning prayer. I take 10 minutes to meditate. While I meditate I plan how my day is going to be. I focus on the positive that this day is going to give me. Once you learn how to meditate everything changes for you. It’s an eye-opener.

At first, meditation was something I would say that I would never do. Until I did it and realized there were so many advantages. It’s a process but once you get in the habit of doing it everything slowly begins to work in your favor. The more I begin to mediate the more I was able to focus and tune out distractions, in which led to an increase in productivity. Once meditation became part of my daily routine, I felt as if I were able to do more work within the same amount of time then before meditating. I learned to focus on the positive no matter what situation I may encounter at the office or school.

Meditating really helps reduce stress because you begin to learn more about who you are and what you are willing to entertain in your life, which includes people and things.

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Enhance Your General Knowledge

Reading has also been found to help reduce stress. No matter how much stress you’ve encountered at work, school, or in your personal relationships it can all just slip away when you lose yourself in a good book. There are many book genres but focus your time on something that is going to benefit you. Picking up a book and becoming engaged in it will distract you and keep you in the present moment. When I was younger I would read so many novels that I would avoid making plans because I wanted to go home and finish the novel.

 

When you read something that you enjoy, your are letting tensions drain away while you relax. The moment I pick up a good book I want to finish it as soon as possible. After college, I shifted the direction in which I would pick books. I decided to give up fiction novels for business and personal finances. I have been able to further my knowledge with the books I read while I was 21-23 years old. At the end of the day, a good book is great to reduce stress and also enhance your general knowledge.

Hobbies Help You Cope with Stress

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I learned the importance of making time for the things you enjoy when you feel as if your world is falling apart. I literally begin to watch YouTube tutorial videos on how to design my nails and how to do my makeup. Nowadays, everything is available online and a lot of times you can get it for free. I really like having my nails done but I don’t like going to the nail salon. I’m also very picky with how I want my nails, therefore, I had to learn how to do my nails.

When days get rough and I’m stressing, I take a moment and do my nails. That gives me peace and then I am able to continue working on the thing that is stressing me but now I’m more relaxed. Hobbies also make you more interesting, especially when you meet new people and have common interests. Hobbies can seem to create more time by encouraging efficiency because you want to finish your work so you can get to your hobby.

Plan a Getaway to Reduce Stress

This is probably my favorite thing to do. I love going on a weekend trip to a new place around my city or a different city. During the summer I go to the beach every single weekend to relax and prepare for the week ahead of me. When school gets stressful I plan a trip out-of-state just to get my mind together. Usually, during finals I’m stressed because there’s so much to learn, however, I make sure to book a trip a month prior to my finals. That is my reward to myself. Knowing that I have a trip to look forward to after finals makes studying less stressful.

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Do the Things that Work for You

These are just a few things that I have implemented in my life to reduce stress and to manage my acne. Furthermore, if you would like to discuss the things you do to avoid stress please feel free to comment below.

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14 Comments

  1. Matlhogonolo says:

    Hi Niia, thanks for this post, I am often stressed by my work, when I have to act on behalf of a Senior Officer can be a challenge. I think I will incorporate reading like you mentioned to relief some of the stress. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hey Mat,

      I’m glad you found my post helpful. Let me know how incorporating reading goes for you.

  2. Jamaar sampson says:

    I very much needed this felt like it hit right at home because I have been super stressed out lately this is great thanks so much I’ll apply what I have learned.

    1. Hey Jamaar,

      I’m glad to be able to help with these tips.

  3. Aleksandra says:

    Very nice tips! Actually, we are all trying something when we are stressed but most of the things doesn’t work well….
    I would also say that YES, reading can reduce stress so good!
    People can even change their mood – depends of what they are reading, of course.

    1. Hi Aleksandra.

      Thank you so much for your comment. Yes, there is always stress, however it depends on how we manage it. I love reading a good book to get away from everything ha.

  4. Danny Barley says:

    Thanks for the article. I believe you did a great job relating this article to everyday stress. It’s well laid out and it’s real life. You did a wonderful job. I’ve lived with stress all my life. I served in Desert Storm as an Army Ranger and had a bad parachute landing and was injured. Because of this, I’ve had 16 different surgeries, couldn’t walk for 3 years and died 3 times on the operating table. I’ve been diagnosed with PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, and Panic Attacks. But despite all this, I raised and still take care of my son who has Autism by myself. And I’ve earned 6 college degrees. I live with stress each day because of trying to pay bills, taking care of my son, and the severe chronic pain I have. But despite all of this, I keep a positive mindset. And yes, stress is real and I have it 24 hours a day.

    1. Hi Danny,

      Thank you so much for sharing your story. I’m sorry to hear about your injury. I hope that you are able to implement some type of things that you actually enjoy doing instead of focusing on everything that’s due at the first of the month. I’m sure your son appreciates you and all that you do. I’m so happy to hear that regardless of your situation you still remain positive. If no one tells you, just know that you are appreciated. Keep your head up!

  5. Rachael says:

    Unfortunately, when I am experiencing stress, it is difficult for me to remember the small things. Right now, I am not stressed and so it is a good idea for me to practice reducing stress before it creeps up again. From your list, I find that meditation is most effective if I do it every day, same time, same place, and make it a habit. In the interest of full disclosure, I have not been meditating lately so thinks for the reminder. I also agree with the hobby tip. I bowl in a league every Tuesday night. For the few hours that I am there, I forget all else and it is like magic when I leave the AMF walking on a cloud of contentment.

    Thanks for your tips and reminders!

    1. Hi Rachael,

      You are more than welcome! I’m glad you were able to find my post helpful. Meditating is great, if it works for you by having a set routine then you should continue practicing it. You know they say it takes 21 days to make something a habit :). Bowling is great! It distracts your mind from everything that you have going on and it gives you that break that you need. It’s good for you and I’m glad you have a hobby that works for you. Let me know how meditating works for you after 21 days!

  6. Cassie Lovelace says:

    I loved reading this article. Me and my husband stay stressed. This is so helpful. Thank you!

    1. Hi Cassie,

      Thank you so much for your feedback. I’m glad to be able to provide an article that is helpful to you. Have you and your husband done any of the things listed in the article? If not, let me know if you try any of these tips and how they work. I hope you and your husband can reduce stress by implementing the tips I have given or other ways that you two discover work for you.

  7. What i thought was interesting that I personally was viewing the world through “Nia’s” eyes. This article can be applied to everyone so, it has that value. I want to attack something personal…I wouldn’t suggest meditation, not at all yeah it does have its benefits. But i would like people to understand that if something has a front theres mostly likely a back. Understanding the whole view means you see more. Overall good work btw if you could not be so cute that would be a plus(wink). Dont hurt me boyfriend im fragile.

    1. Hi David,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to view the world through my lens, ha. I’m glad you were able to tell that my content was intended for everyone. Why wouldn’t you suggest meditation? I’m in no way saying to mediation and forgot your problems. Clearly, you want to be able to handle whatever the situation may be. Additionally, by meditating you are not putting an end to the problem(s) but it helps in my opinion. Haha, thank you for the compliment 🙂

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