Wednesday, January 09, 2013
I am now done with Week 1 of the Stress Busting Challenge and I thought it would be a good idea to review what I've learned this week and set goals for the rest of the challenge.
This week, I have been keeping a stress journal. As I said even before I started this challenge, I have no "real" or obvious reason to be so stressed out. I think most of it comes just from not being very organized and also from procrastinating which is a problem for me. Poor time management is also an issue. So it didn't surprise me when I found myself writing down things in my journal like: "Today I've been stressing out about the fact that I haven't worked on my novel for a few days and I should have." or: "I'm stressed out because I should email my professor and ask about this course / order new books for the poetry course / I'm not sure when and where a certain lecture takes place etc."
So it's obvious I needed to find ways to become more organized, establish some routines and STOP PROCRASTINATING. And I have to say, I haven't been stressed at all this week after I started doing this!! I can't believe how little it took! I just started writing down daily (realistic) to-do lists and making a daily schedule for myself (except for the weekends when I just want to relax and not follow a schedule). Poor time management has always been my problem and I'm now finding ways and tools to deal with that. I also sorted out all my lecture notes and school stuff, wrote down a weekly schedule (what lectures to attend, where they're held and at what time). I started using the calendar my mom gave me as a Christmas present and now all the deadlines and dates to remember are no longer floating around in my head but are actually right there, in black and white. What a relief!
I'm now realizing it doesn't take a lot to get rid of "pointless stress" which is what I call this type of stress I'm mostly dealing with. It's self-inflicted and easy to fix. It's just my mind telling me I need to stop slacking and procrastinating, and start to plan my days more carefully so I have enough time to do the things I need to do in order to feel happy and content with my life (exercising, writing, reading, relaxing).
I hope that with this challenge I'll be able to recognize my stressors, eliminate them effectively by doing the things I mentioned earlier and learning new ways to deal with stress whenever it occurs. I feel really good about this challenge! :) It's helping me a lot already.