How I’m Dealing With Stress

How I’m Currently Dealing With Stress

Spoiler alert – I’m not dealing with it very well!

stressed lady with laptop and planner, clutching her head
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I’ll apologise now to anyone who thought that this was going to be a self-help advice post about how to deal with stress or some more self-care advice. Honestly, this is just a bit of a self-indulgent post to help me get my head out on to the page, and to reflect on what my reactions to stress have been recently.

Over the past month, I have not only been trying to get this blog up and running, but I’ve also started my first year as a qualified teacher and had a heck of a lot to think about! On top of a pretty hefty workload, there have been family emergencies and a fresh new batch of anxiety…

So how have I been coping? Let me see…

  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Ugly crying
  • Chocolate
  • Gin
  • Lots of to-do lists
  • Chocolate
  • Chocolate
  • Hot chocolate

Have you noticed a theme?

It’s not been good – let’s be honest – excessive quantities of chocolate and coffee is never the way to get through a tough week! I’m sure my anxiety is worse because of coffee and I’m feeling worse because I know I’ll be putting weight back on that I only recently battled to lose. The only positive thing on that list is my obsessive use of to-do lists to stay on top of things. I’ve been trying to take part in the #SelfCareTogether challenge but I’m honestly struggling to make any time for self-care.

So why am I writing this post? I’m not exactly an inspiration to anyone at the moment!

Maybe I just needed to get things out of my head. Perhaps I was hoping that this would publicly shame me into getting my act together. Honestly, I think I just wanted to say “Hey, we all have those weeks where we want to give up and stay in bed all day. We don’t all deal with it by drinking green tea and doing yoga, and it’s okay to feel like you’re not coping right now.” Hopefully this will resonate with someone and we can all get past these bad days and come out the other side.

Hopefully next week I’ll be feeling a bit more on top of things and I can write a post titled ‘How to deal with stress’!

How do you stay on top of things and start feeling better when things get too much?

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20 thoughts on “How I’m Dealing With Stress

  1. Let’s get one thing straight – you are totally an inspiration to people! A bad time doesn’t change that. I really admire you for writing this post because I feel like sometimes bloggers put forward such a fake, unhealthy image at times, where there’s this pressure to be seen as perfect and have shit together, but sometimes that’s not the case. Sometimes we just need to vent it out and admit that we’re struggling. I definitely think this post is going to resonate with a lot of people – it definitely resonated with me. Chocolate and gin are both on my list of how I cope with stress too, haha! I just hope that you start to feel better soon, that the anxiety fades (as much as anxiety can), and that you wake up to better days ahead ๐Ÿ’–

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    • Thank you so much!
      I think anyone who chooses to share things online does have a responsibility to be honest – even if they only have a tiny audience like mine. I’m glad it’s helpful to someone. Hopefully I’ll be able to write a more reflective and positive post soon.
      Thanks for the comment ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. I’m so sorry to hear things have been a bit rubbish, but congrats on getting through your first week as a fully qualified teacher!

    Sometimes I think chocolate is the answer haha. On a real note, I used to beat myself up so much about eating snacks or treats when I felt down, but now I accept that sometimes you need a little something to look forward to, and if a chocolate bar is doing it for you then go for it!

    Steph – http://www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

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  3. Gosh I so appreciate the honesty of this post! I think we all have “those” weeks. Too many bloggers paint a picture of a perfect existence. It’s posts like these I truly appreciate. We all cope differently. And whatever works is ok. I have become a fan!

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  4. Sorry to hear you are having a stressful time at the moment lovely! I can 100% relate to these feelings, I’m studying at the moment and things can get a bit hectic and overwhelming. Chocolate is high on my list of coping strategies right now as well. I’ve recently eaten the majority of a tub of Roses chocolates worryingly quickly which isn’t my proudest achievement, ha ha. You are an inspiration as you are being real and relatable, so thank you. Hope things settle down for you soon โค xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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  5. You are not alone! I feel you on trying to cope in anyway possible and even sometime breaking down into the ugly cry. I really find it conforting that I am not the only one stuggling with this!

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  6. I think posts like these are just as important as the ones with all the solid “advice” because sometimes we can control how we deal with stress and just have to cope however we can. If that means loads of chocolate, so be it!

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  7. This is an incredibly relatable post & so true to read! I’m very impressed with your honesty when stress gets you low. Aside from oodles of chocolate and the trusty ugly cry, I’ve definitely found talking a walk in the fresh air really helps clear the mind & calms my worries down. Looking forward to reading more tips from you ๐Ÿ™‚

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