If you still aren't following me on social media ... Well, one, you are really missing some great feeds - I'm holding a sarcasm sign - and two, you will not know that since I've begun Fifth Year, I've been a lovely ray of sunshine - still holding that sarcasm sign. Last night, or maybe today, or maybe several hours ago I came to the conclusion that it's not even a week into term and I am already a stressed, negative thundercloud which is really not great because god knows what I'll be like this time in twelve months so on this immaculate day off school thanks-to-the-junior-cert-result-receiving-ones I have finally decided to get my sh*t together !
In true Grace-palm style, I am going to convince myself that I have my life together and am no longer going to panic over schoolwork every night by writing about it all on here ! So how do I de-stress ? Note that this could just also be described as how to temporarily distract yourself from responsibilities.
1. A BREAK IS A BREAK
My worst habit when taking a break from schoolwork is trying to multitask. I either 'take my break' by scrolling through my phone in one hand whilst I tackle double maths with the other or I take a break to relax but half my brain is still trying to remember twelve Hiragana characters and the other half is reciting thirty Irish words. This doesn't work, it's not a break. So the moral of the story is that when I plan to take five minutes off to relax, I put down the pens because it is not going to speed up the process any quicker and I'm only going to end up even more stressed.
2. DOODLING AND WRITING
Even if you're not a typically creative person or the kind who keeps a diary or enjoys writing full stop, it can be quite therapeutic to take a pen and just write out everything about your day, what you've accomplished in the past twenty four hours or even better, anything that is stressing you ! You can even buy adult colouring books now which is probably the best thing ever ! Collaging can be quite fun as well and although it means finding actual things to collage, cut-outs from magazines, booklets or printing photos off a device is generally the handiest options. I love writing in my doodling / writing / anything and everything journal which I will do a detailed post on next week when it looks less depressing ! I can't doodle that much in class anymore since I have to pay full attention which is a bit of a pain so I'm appreciating when I can go mad and doodle all over a page and I'm finding it even more relaxing ! Personally speaking, it is probably my favourite way to feel as far away as possible from all my worries !
3. LISTENING TO MUSIC
Probably a bit of an obvious method, but listening to music is such a brilliant way to float away from our troubles ! The kind of music I listen to depends on my mood or what kind of stress I'm feeling. If the stress is causing me to feel down, I listen to music that's really fast and exhilarating because it instantly makes me feel better and I can twirl around my room or air guitar or something ! My favourites include Satellite Stories, Fall Out Boy, We Are The In Crowd and Foo Fighters ! When all I want to do is relax and calm down, slower or softer music is my first port of call. I guess that meditation music would do equally as good a job but I personally love listening to any song on my phone that makes me feel as if I'm about to doze off ! Usually I listen to Alt-J, The 1975, Dum Dum Girls, Years & Years and Halsey !
4. MOVE !
Again, not an unprecedented method but exercise is another way to relieve stress ! It is quite difficult to fit in but any form of exercise releases endorphins and free up the mind a bit and it's even better when outside. We have bloody exercise charts in our school journals this year as part of the section about combating school-related anxiety and the likes but it really is quite a decent way to relax a bit. I should probably admit here that I enjoy multitasking whilst doing the exercises I learned in physio, but I'm just going to pretend that it's necessary. Y'know, if you've got the multitasking skills ... I may as well use them ! Getting out of a situation or place that is causing you a huge amount of stress is also quite important so why not juggle both !
5. PUTTING TIME ASIDE FOR MYSELF
Rather than procrastinating my way through my workload or whatever I'm doing, I've been trying to get it all over with and then have time to do whatever I wish ! I've found that Bloglovin' functions quite well on phones so I've really been enjoying scrolling through my favourite posts on my mobile lately. It's a much more convenient alternative to having to pull out my laptop, plug in the charger and so on - something I do not have near enough time to do during the week, unfortunately ! Tonight I had heaps of spare time which is why I was more than ecstatic to get on my laptop to write this post ! So putting aside 'me time' is very important !
I know that the methods above are what the majority of people do to de-stress but like I said at the beginning, but I'm just giving my two cents ! I'd love to hear your methods of de-stressing so feel free to discuss in the comments !