Stressed? Me too.
About stupid shit? All the time.
Why do the little things tend to add up all at once sometimes? IDK.
No matter how much I wish we had an off switch for human emotions (like in Vampire Diaries) it just doesn’t work that way, so if you can’t change the situation, change the way you think about it.
Recently, I’ve been dealing with new challenges from my new full-time job that tend to feel overwhelming and stress me out. Also, I’m in a pit of financial depression with student loans coming up in November and all my friends just happened to be born in October so that birthday budgeting is a struggle. I’ve also felt a little uninspired to create content for my blog. Also, with most of my friends out of college and a few of my friends still in college, I feel I’m in an awkward position in life, like do I go out on Thursday nights still because I have FOMO and it’s harder to meet new people or do I stay in and be an adult and go to the gym or clean my apartment because work is exhausting and I’m mentally drained? HELP.
I know what you’re thinking. Definitely first-world problems. It’s all small stuff I don’t need to stress about, but put that all together with human emotion and I’ve got a STRESS STEW…and believe me…it’s stewing.
Thus, inspired a post on how to give less of shit about everything and how to genuinely calm the F down I know I’m not the only one who feels like this once in awhile. We get so caught up in the little things that all we can see is that we’re in one big mess. So here’s this:
You’re exactly where you’re supposed to be in life and here’s a few things you can do to remind yourself that:
Get Out and Go See Nature
Living in a very busy city/beach town is both a blessing and a curse. The city is constantly congested and the beach towns are usually crazy packed all day on the weekends. My favorite thing to do when I need to get away is go for a hike. I really love hiking especially in the early morning. My usual go-to hiking trails are somewhere along the coast and longer than 4 miles. I love Hermit Falls in Santa Anita Canyon where there’s cliff diving and nature-made water slides. I also love the hiking trails in Laguna Beach and Rancho Palos Verdes since they’re pretty high up and fairly quiet in the mornings. You literally get to get away and take a deep breath. Sometimes it’s nice to expose yourself to a new setting and get away from all the first world problems.
Cook A Nice Meal With Company
Sounds silly? It isn’t. Cooking can be super therapeutic and is also a distraction from little tasks that build up and stress you out. Making a really nice meal and sharing it with friends is one of my favorite things to do. You’re creating something you love and sharing something you love with the people you love. Good food and good company for a night is a perfect quick fix during a few days of anxiety. It also feels extremely productive and is super fun at the same time. There’s plenty of recipes on Pinterest or I recommend using one of mine 😉
Write It Out
I know writing isn’t for everyone, but I’m not talking about writing a full on essay. Make a list of everything you’re grateful for. I’m serious. Sounds cheesy, I know, but when you realize you have so many more things to be grateful for that are long-term in your life, you’ll realize how short term your current problems are. Anything right now can be solved. Will you worry about this in 10 years? Probably not. Make a list of all the things that you’re grateful for or make you happy. I know it sounds silly, but stressing about the little stuff is also silly. Give less of a shit about those and focus on the good.
I hope these simple concepts help you to give less of a shit about the small stuff and help you get your mind off the negatives in your life. It really is all a mindset and sometimes we just have to engage in certain activities that make us realize we’re exactly where we’re supposed to be and are perfectly capable of handling everything life throws at us.
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