It has been a while! This past year has been crazy. I was studying for my last year of my Masters in Counselling and I just could not cope very well.
The past year has provided me with various emotions, there were times where I felt like giving up but my goals always helped me continue that journey. Putting my Masters first meant that I had to give up a few of my hobbies because I simply could not make time for them and the little time that I had, I chose hobbies that would help control my anxiety levels in the best way.
These are a few things that I learnt from the past year:
1. Never Allow Another Person To Define You
The amount of people that tried causing harm and putting me down throughout this journey was insane, especially since you would expect better in my line. Unfortunately these people exist, and even though a part of you might believe their words, keep in mind that you are in your journey for a reason and the best thing to do is to focus on your goals.
2. Take As Many Breaks As You Need
This was something that will always be important, no matter what you are doing. I found it difficult to give myself time to relax and even to step away from my blog, it made me feel guilty, however I needed it and within time I allowed myself to be human and give myself the time to recuperate from the stress and anxiety that I was experiencing.
3. Balance Your Work With At Least One Hobby
I have quite a few hobbies, and so I had to stop a few for a while, however I made it a point to keep one or two hobbies, for example I love working out since it makes me feel good and healthy and so almost everyday I allocated a certain time for a workout. This is very important to do, so that you do not feel like your life is constantly rushing and passing by.
4. Waking Up Early
This might not be for everyone, however I noticed how whenever I wake up early I would feel more productive, I would eat healthier, drink the right amount of water and overall have a better day.
I could not leave this out, since chocolate definitely made the past year easier. Chocolate is known to make a person happier, and well that definitely was the case for me!
I know that not everyone may have a supportive person in their life, but I am grateful for my fiancé and my family who supported me during this difficult time!
How do you cope with high stress levels and what are the things that make it slightly easier for you?
I hope you found this post helpful, I look forward to continuing my blog and posting weekly again!