Hello lovely people,
This post is a bit personal but I’m hoping it will benefit someone! Recently I had what felt like, my very first (and hopefully last) real panic attack. It was a scary experience and I’m hoping that my stress level, sleep schedule and overall thoughts will work themselves out and I’ll never have to deal with that again. The reason for my panic attack was mainly a lot of stress and lack of sleep, as well as the fear of going into an episode due to stress and lack of sleep.
This is what university has felt like for me these past couple of weeks, not to mention working on top of things. Now I’ve been told, “well you’re only in 3 classes so you can’t be that stressed out” too many times. It doesn’t matter how many classes I’m taking or what classes I’m taking, everyone’s stress level is different. There is a reason why I’m not in full classes and I believe it’s healthy for everyone to take their time! I also have to stay balanced so I don’t end up in an episode and miss out on life for 2 weeks.
Anyways, a few months ago I had a post written up about taking care of yourself but I lost my thought and couldn’t finish it. Well, this is me finishing it. The most important thing you can do in life is to put yourself and your needs first. Physically, mentally and emotionally. No matter what you’re going through, how much you need to get done and what you want the outcome to be, always set aside time for yourself to relax. This is what I haven’t been doing through the semester and it’s taking a toll on my life right now. You only have one life, one body, one mind and you need to take care of it before it’s too late. Always make your wellbeing a priority, no matter what you do!
Here are some ways to take care of yourself:
- Get proper amounts of sleep: For myself, the doctor recommends I get 8-10 hours of sleep every night and I’m barely hitting the 6-7 hour mark. I’m not doing my body any good if I’m not reaching my required amounts, which means I’m not able to do my best. Also, napping is a wonderful way to get a little extra sleep in. I usually have power naps for about 30 minutes and I definitely feel better when I wake up.
- Exercise: This is so important because exercise helps relieve stress and improves your mental health and mood. When I can no longer study, I’ve started to go for runs to let everything out and by the end of them, I feel better.
- Have a bath/shower: Throw in some lavender bath salts, add some bubbles and maybe a face mask. I say lavender because it is said to reduce anxiety and emotional stress. This will give you the relaxation you deserve!
- Take time to do things you enjoy: It’s good to set aside your books for a few hours to draw, make music, write… Do whatever you enjoy to give your brain a break that it needs and fill your mind with the things you love to do.
- Clean your room: This one depends on the person because sometimes even thinking about cleaning your room can be stressful. Although I will admit that once my room is clean, I feel like my life is put together and then I can move forward.
- Meditate/Yoga: This one is definitely something I need to work on. We get so busy in life and have a constant need to go and never stop, but there is a time where you need to be still. A time where you need to realize you’re alive and your body is working as hard as it can, a time to feel yourself breathing, a time to let your thoughts drift away and allow the Universe to speak to you.
- Think and believe positively: My mom always tells me that it’s all in your mind and that’s something I try to remember. You are your thoughts and having negative energy will only give you bad outcomes and more stress. Make sure that whatever comes your way, you have a good attitude towards it and know that it’ll all work out. The Universe will not give you more than what you can handle!
- Find friends/family that will help you out when times are tough: Others that will listen to you, give you advice, be there when you cry and make you laugh. Those who constantly bring light and joy into your life, who want you to work your hardest but will also be there when you do feel like doing nothing. Ones that constantly build you up, especially when you feel defeated!
So… no matter how much you have to do, what assignments are coming up or what you need to do for work, ALWAYS take care of yourself first. Do not give yourself more than you can handle, to a point where you feel like you can’t do it anymore. Always remember that you need to stay healthy in order to be the best you!
Keep smiling, even when times are tough!