Surfing the Stress Waves

In honor of National Stress Day, we asked our new Social Media Intern about her tips and tricks for managing stress. (Ashley is in the middle of switching universities, she’s an intern for Camp Promise, and balancing it all during this pandemic!) Read on to hear about ways she likes to de-stress.

It is National Stress Day and safe to say as of recently, majority of us have been under immense amounts of stress, but for some, like myself, dealing with stress and anxiety is nothing new. 2020 was one of the most triggering years and hardship was felt across the globe, but now we have entered a year of recovery, and part of recovery means learning how to handle the stress life may unexpectedly throw at you. The main thing about stress is it often appears due to the fear of being incapable of controlling a situation or circumstance. It contains a lot of “but what if?” and sooner or later you find that you have fallen down the rabbit hole that is overthinking. Now, there are things you can do to lessen the effects and overall, prevent these giant waves.

Take time for yourself. It does not have to be an entire day or a whole hour but take 10 minutes out of every day to do something for you. These 10 minutes could be, treating yourself to a favorite snack, face masks, sports highlights, talking to a friend, listening to music, or simply just focusing on your breathing. Now I know just breathing sounds silly, I was skeptical when I first tried meditation, but it truly makes such a difference in how you feel. The best part about 10 minutes is it can be whenever you want. It can be when you wake up, before bed, during your lunch break, in the shower, in the car, etc. It is small enough to fit it into your daily schedule, but big enough to make an impact.

We have been through a lot, but no matter what may bring you stress, the stress and anxiety you are feeling is still valid. Whatever is going on, you are doing amazing, and I am proud of you.