This is meant to be one of my motivational/ inspirational posts.
I’ve been extremely swamped these last few months – final leg of Uni and all, and trust me when I say there were so many times I felt like packing my bags and heading home. But each time thoughts like that popped up, I would apply my coping techniques and today, I’ll be sharing a few with you.
- Things could be worse. I analyze the situation and tell myself things could be much worse than they are at the moment. This helps me get my act together or else they become much worse.
- Optimism over pessimism. I look at the silver lining in that dark cloud and turn my frown upside down.
- Visualize 5 years from now. If whatever is stressing me out at the moment doesn’t surface 5 years from now, it’s not worth stressing over. It’s not worth it. I stop worrying my pretty little head.
- I tell myself; ‘nothing is too much for me to handle’. A wonderful person told me, the universe doesn’t give you what you can’t handle. If something feels too hard for you, it means you’re much stronger than you think you are. Believe in yourself and have more faith!
- Take a break. This semester, I’ve had my fair share of work, from my IT defense to tons of assignments to tests to my seminar etc., back to back and when breaking point comes, I turn my switch to off. I take time out to breathe and pull out my camera and create images or edit something. I also take a short walk down the corridor to a friend’s room or down the stairs to the tuck shop to ‘treat’ myself with something loaded with sugar (sweet tooth). Matter is I take time out to destress and I come back feeling better.
- Call a friend. You know like the lifelines in the serial ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’ I use this in real life situations and pick up my phone and call a friend. I end up having a conversation that could span from 5 minutes to 2 hours, laugh a little and voila! I’m back.
- Look at pictures. Usually of my niece or cute things online. I also get to look at old photos of myself and friends and laugh about everything.
- I cry. And no, it’s not because I’m a ‘girl’, it’s because I’m a human that sometimes (read as most times) needs to let it out.
- Pray. Never expected myself to but sometimes this is the only thing that works. I don’t necessarily go on my knees and start weeping. I might be taking a walk or sitting or lying in bed and I detach from reality and make a detour into space where I’m left to face peace.
By the way, Merry Christmas!!!!
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