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For the sake of blogging, self-exploration, and contemplation, I’ve been slowly making my way through answering questions from this list
Today’s Question: What do you do to relieve stress?
I don’t think any of my stress-relieving techniques are particularly unique. If I’m upset about something or someone specific, I vent to people that I trust. It’s super important to not hold stuff in, just make sure you unload in a safe way.
I also spend time with my horses, and my cats and dogs. All of my animals are instant stress-relievers. They love unconditionally, they trust even when they’ve been hurt in the past, and they literally never do or say shady things. They live their lives without the complications of human beings and I really need that on a daily basis in order to cope with said human complications.
I also take some quiet time to remind myself of the good things, and good people, that I have in my life. I haven’t always had this. I haven’t always had people that have my back and I won’t ever be able to forget how lonely and small that made me feel. I still struggle to not want to bother people, but just knowing that they’re there for me if I need them definitely helps to ease stress.
Lastly, I reach out to people and ask how they are doing. If others are stressed out and need someone to talk to, or need help with something, helping others and getting my mind out of my own problems definitely lowers stress levels, and then you also get to do something positive for someone else which eases their stresses… so its just good all around.
I didn’t always have positive coping methods. I used to relieve stress in ways that would end up making my life worse, or accidentally hurting someone else. I’m grateful that I’ve grown and become a healthier, happier person. The most effective stress relief will be different for everyone, but try to make sure that your coping method improves your well-being instead of hinders it, and that it doesn’t hurt anyone else around you.
Stress sucks and it’s unavoidable in life, but even for extremely sensitive people (I’m one of them!) it can be handled.