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8 Ways to Relieve Stress

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You’re at that point again. That same one that always creeps up on you and hits like a ton of bricks. It leaves you close to tears out of frustration: you’ve approached the deadline for a paper, your boss asked you about something you forgot to do two days ago and now you’re scrambling to get it done and dog s*** on the carpet again. Life gets overwhelming and we’ve all hit those breaking points where we just want to give up and bury our heads in a hole.

Instead of that, consider these 8 ways to relieve stress:

 

1. Exercise

Yeah, we all complain about it, but frustration and anger are the best motivators to work out! When I get to the gym, I’m pumped because I’m there to move. When I’m on that bicycle, I think about all the insults I’ve ever gotten, even if they’re ones I’ve said to myself: “Why is there so much cellulite on your legs?”, “Why aren’t you wearing make up, it’s like you’ve stopped trying”, “If you weren’t so dramatic, maybe you’d find someone to actually be in a relationship with”, “It only happened twice”, “You never showed me you cared about me”. Yeah well f*** all you guys, because I’m cycling up this giant mountain on this stationary bike while flipping you all off. Use the frustration to your advantage, that’s all I’m saying.

 

Related Reading: 5 Things You Need To Start Doing, 6 Mantras to Live by in 2018, 5 Ways to Stay Focused

 

2. Break Something

I’m completely serious. The majority of the time you’re stressed, you’re frustrated. I had a professor tell me once to take all the glass bottles from my recycling and a bucket or bin and take it to a remote spot. From there, make sure the bin is empty and you throw those bottles as hard as you can into it. It’s an easy clean up and it’s gets your aggression out. Just be sure the bin is far enough away so that there’s no tiny shards of glass coming back at you.

 

3. Meditate

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This may should cliche, but there are a lot of ways to meditate: yoga, sitting in silence, praying, reading, walking etc. Take time to yourself in silence or with calming music and close your eyes. Imagine your happy place and take a few deep breaths to clear your mind.

 

4. Scream

Get it out of your system. Go somewhere desolate and yell all sorts of profanities: how much you hate your calculus professor because they humiliated you in front of a 200 person lecture, how unfair your job is because you’re paid less than coworkers even when you have more relevant experience, how upset you are at your partner because they gave you logical reasons to why you shouldn’t impulsively adopt that dog from the pound. Just get it all out.

 

5. Organize

Get out your planner and figure out what you’re doing the rest of the day, week and month. When you can see what you’re life looks like in front of you, it’s easier to manage. Write out everything you need to get done and fit those tasks into time slots. Check lists are the best because we have so much satisfaction crossing something off! One simple accomplishment is better than none.

 

6. Clean

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Cleaning is so refreshing. It feels so good when you’re done getting all the crap off the surface and having the room smell nice and look like it came out of an IKEA magazine. I find doing dishes is very therapeutic, since it requires no real thought, your mind can just wander. If you have a really greasy dish, scrub the crap out of it to release some of that frustration! The only thing you’re doing is making it cleaner, it’s a win-win.

 

7. Get Intimate

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: sex is good for you. Get that dopamine flowing, whether it’s with someone else or alone… I’m not just talking about sex either. Even a touch from someone else can make a difference. This is why hugging, snuggling up under a blanket with someone on the couch or suffocating your cat while whispering “I love you” as they try to escape your grip is good for you! Having that closeness with someone else creates the sense that you aren’t alone.

 

Related Reading: 7 Reasons Being in a Relationship is the Best, 5 Things You Need to Stop Doing, Creating a Bullet Journal

 

8. Watch a Documentary

Preferably on Outer Space. Do you realize how big our universe is? HELLO! You are one tiny being in this entire world of billions of people and creatures and microbes. Your issues are smaller than that. Yes, they are still there and you need to do something about them, but don’t make them bigger than they actually are. You’re capable of anything you set your mind too, you just need a different perception on your issues to see just how small they are.

 

The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a deep breath and realize that there are ways to get past the frustration. What are the things that help you get back on track?

March 19, 2018
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Creating a Bullet Journal

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About a year ago, I noticed my coworker writing and doodling in a journal. I figured this was just a planner (she was planning her wedding so I figured it was specific to that). However, when I walked to her desk and asked what she was doing, she said it was her Bullet Journal. She opened it and showed me all of her different pages she had created. She had a section for her wedding, a monthly and weekly calendar, a page with all her usernames and passwords and a page with all her bills, how much each was and when they were due. Each topic was in a different color ink to help her stay organized. That day after work, I set out to buy my own.

 

What is Bullet Journaling?

Bullet Journaling is like having a journal, a planner, a budget sheet and everything else crammed into one location. Each Bullet Journal is specific to your needs. There are a lot of ideas on how to Bullet Journal on Pinterest.

 

Where do I start?

TUL Bullet Journal Leather 6 3/4" x 8 3/4"I chose to make my Bullet Journal the way my coworker had, but in the smaller size. My journal is made by a company called, TUL. I bought a TUL Journal because they make all the accessories for the journal as well (inserts, pens, dividers, rulers etc.). What I like about TUL is that I can move the sheets of paper around at any time, and the sheets are thick enough for pen not to bleed through. I bought graphing and lined paper for mine so I could draw calendars on a scale and have paper to write on like a journal. Mine is a  leather, junior size (6.75″ x 8.75″), but there are less expensive journals by TUL for purchase as well. I like the junior size because it’s an excellent travel size (it can fit in my purse perfectly). I bought the leather because there are inside pockets on the front cover, and the material is durable and will last a long time.

 

 

Content

I started off by making a cover page. I put a quote that I liked from the internet and tried to make the page look pretty, because this page will always be the first thing I see when I open the journal. When I looked up information on Bullet Journaling, I found several resources that gave me insight on what to include in my bullet journal. The main sections I have in mine are a: Future Log, Monthly Log, Bill Breakdown, Budget Graph, Passwords Page and a section for journaling. I originally inserted an Index and started to number pages. Now that I’ve had my journal for about a year, I never use it, so I jump right into my Future Log.

 

Future Log

This is the section where I can have a bird’s eye view of the entire year. This is where I can write in holidays, birthdays or major events in this section and use it as an outline for the monthly log.

future log bullet journal

Here is a shot of my 2018 calendar. When I write in my events, I’ll use different colored ink for events. Then, I’ll use that same color to make a box around the date on the calendar at the top of the page.

 

Monthly Log

montlhy picture bullet journalNext, I make a calendar for each month. I usually draw in a picture with a quote on the front page, just to announce the month with some fun. I usually chose a holiday or event that happens within the month. For example, August I put a picture of the solar eclipse, and March I put a “lucky” quote.

The monthly helps me so I can write in more details on what is happening each day of monthly log bullet journalthe month. I write in vacations, birthdays, holidays and events. I also write in when each of my bills are due and how much they are. This is also how I keep track of all my spending (how much I spend on what day). I use a different colored pen to mark whether it’s an essential living expense (bills, groceries, gas) or “fun” spending (eating out, drinks, shopping). There’s a “notes” section for lists I may need to make or for phone numbers, addresses etc.

There are dividers you can buy to put in between each month, but I just stick on different colored stickies on the edge. Each sticky has the first three letters of the month and makes it easy for me to grab and flip to that month. You can see what I’m talking about on the picture under Future Log on the left side.

Bill Breakdown

At the end of each month, on the back of the page I make a budget sheet. This way I can keep track of when my billsMonthly budget sheet bullet journal are do so I’m not late. Or if I have automatic withdrawal, I can prepare myself and make sure there’s enough money in my account. This also helps me determine how much I spend on necessary expenses vs. “fun” expenses.

 

I include my paychecks to make sure I’m not overspending each month. This helps me determine how much I can afford to put into my savings each month. The expenses will be specific to you and you can add whatever you like. However, not everyone will need this sheet, but if you’re living paycheck to paycheck, I’d highly suggest it.

yearly budget sheet bullet journalAt the end of the month, I add up my expenses and my earnings and put it on a graph. This shows me what months I overspent at just a glance. Since these pages are mobile, I move this sheet around a lot, but usually keep it in the front of my journal to remind me of my spending habits.

 

 

Passwords and Journal

The back half of my bullet journal is lined paper. I keep a page all the way at the back with my logins and password written on it. A piece of ribbon is taped to the back cover to use as a bookmark in my journal section.

 

Interested?

There are so many options for building a bullet journal. If you’re finding yourself struggling to stay organized or always stressed about money, I highly suggest starting a Bullet Journal. Do your research and look up all the possibilities for your own Bullet Journal, you won’t regret it.

 

October 31, 2017
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