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.
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
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.
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.