In need of a stress reliever

Ever since I was young, I didn’t really need to take care of my mental health. I would just go through whatever emotion I had completely and then I was over it. If I was sad, I would cry for hours and hours until I couldn’t cry anymore. If I was angry, I would just distance myself from people for a day or two. And if I was happy, I would be jumping up and down. Now, my emotions are not so easy to handle. I didn’t know that when I got older, I would have to focus on my mental health. I never had to worry about taking care of my stress. I remember my childhood and my high school years were filled with stress, and I seemed fine. My body wasn’t breaking down like it is now when I’m stressed.

I have had to focus on my mental heath constantly every single day. I remind myself to take breaks when I’m overworked or to get more sleep. And I am honestly tired from doing this. I take care of myself every single day. And I feel like my body needs me all the time.

I recently had a horrible migraine and I now know it’s because of stress. My body is filled with stress and I don’t know how to get rid of it. I don’t even know how to manage my stress. I think I need to have a couple of stress relievers that I can do or have every single day. If I don’t control my stress, it will take a heavy toll on my body. And I want to be alive to be there with my husband. I have brainstormed some stress relievers. I think I’ve come up with some good ideas. Of course, every person has a different way of relieving their stress and they also have different things they like. I enjoy blogging and it has always helped me to overcome any negative feelings I might be feeling. I feel so much better when I write things down. I also enjoy quiet. I don’t like loud music or television. I would much rather prefer sitting outside with no noises. Another stress reliever for me is the gym. I’ve talked about it before. And besides those ideas, I feel like I am at a loss for anymore stress relievers. I could develop a plant hobby or a cooking hobby. I just need something to help me cope with my stress for the next five years. If you guys have any ideas, I would greatly appreciate it.

Too Much Stress

I am SO stressed!!! Guys, let me take a moment and explain to you all of the things that I have to do… I have a recital to plan with about 16 students, a handful of students to prepare for musicianship exams, about 40+ lessons to teach each week, going to my own viola and piano lessons, taking care of my puppy, taking care of myself and dieting, studying for the GRE, preparing my personal statement, managing my blog, and managing my expenses. That’s what is inside my mind every single week. And it gets worse…

I’m not sleeping at night. I know, it sounds horrible already, but being sleep deprived is another facet to stress. I only get about 2-4 hours of sleep each night and that is not enough to keep me going throughout the day. I actually need a TON of energy to be efficient. It’s like I have to be at 100% every single day. I don’t know if I’m going to eventually fall asleep and have a good night sleep. However, as of right now, I really wish I can take a nap.

I really think that I have to reconsider what my priorities are and let many things go. I’m currently using Google Calendar and HabitBull to keep me on track. If you also feel stressed, I suggest taking a break from whatever it is. Stress ruins your body and limits your overall happiness. I’m only beginning to learn how to manage my stress, but today was a bad day. I only slept for about 3 hours and I woke up not feeling tired at all.

Please help. Send help!! Haha