After long, grueling hours of staring at the computer screen, absorbing all the radiation and strain I can absorb, my head finally says “I’m tired”. It throbs as if it is telling me to “get a life outside your office”. I already have had enough stress for today due to seemingly endless bank reconciliations and financial reports. Indeed, if accounting is the language of business, it does speak harshly against me.
If only I have the luxury of time (and resources), I would like to spend quality time traveling around places I have never been. I want to treat my eyes with the pleasure of gazing into sights other than those that can be seen inside the office. I want to be pampered by fresh air, not just by the coolness of the air conditioner.
But until now, all I can do is dream, especially since the pandemic is still around. And until all the work is finished, I have to endure the sights and the stress I used to deal with every day. These are the very things that I know I cannot live apart with, not until I am led to other work, other duties to do.
Good thing, writing my thoughts give me instant relief, knowing that in one way or another, someone will be able to relate to my plight.
What are the things we can do when we feel the stress and strain because of our daily activities? Let me share some ideas:
As I have mentioned, writing has been very beneficial to me especially when I want to relax my mind. I have written two articles on my blog regarding journaling.
In brief, writing can be therapeutic. It focuses my mind and relaxes my thoughts. I write my rants, my complaints, my dreams, and wishes, practically anything that I can not speak aloud. It has the same effect as doodling for our visually artistic friends.
Whenever I have the chance, I go around biking. I have written how bike-friendly our city is in one of my earliest blogs here in read.cash.
Whenever I go on bikes, whether solo or with friends, I have the privilege of seeing sights that relaxes my eyes. It also exercises my body, reinvigorates my breathing, and relaxes my muscles. My line of work requires me to sit around idly the whole afternoon so occasional biking hours are a welcome break from my routine.
Books are best friends. People who know me personally are well aware that I love books. Though lately, I am struggling with my schedule to read my pile of books, still nothing can stop me from buying books (and hopefully reading them all soon). There's a Japanese term for this: Tsundoku - is acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one's home without reading them. It is also used to refer to books ready for reading later when they are on a bookshelf. The term originated in the Meiji era (1868–1912) as Japanese slang.
No one can underestimate the benefits of complete and healthy sleep. The phrase "sleep is for the weak" is a big NO. I have mentioned this in my previous post, Study Hacks to Apply On Your Next Review Session, and I'll say it again: sleep plays an important role in our well-being. It is necessary. So when stress overwhelms you, seize the moment to sleep! You'll function better after. You will feel energized, ready for another set of challenges.
Are you experiencing stress right now? What other tips could you add to this list? Share your thoughts below.
This post is originally published in read.cash with the title "What To Do When Stress Overwhelms You?"
Thank you for reading!
Where I write: