Stress is something that occurs to every person at some point in their lives. It happens mainly when they’ve reached a breaking point in a certain area of their life which they are finding really difficult to deal with (such as the build up of exam and essay deadlines). Whatever it is, stress can become a problem which interrupts our daily life and it should not be ignored or taken lightly.
In this blog post I’m going to give a personal description about some of the signs that I am currently experiencing during my own stressful times. I will discuss 10 points so please read on and see if any of them apply to you. (I will also be sharing how I cope with my stress in the next post so stay tuned for that). Hope you enjoy reading on 🙂
1) Under pressure
I have noticed that when I have so much to do I tend to feel like the world is ending and my time will be over soon. Everything around me feels so chaotic and messed up. I feel so pressurized that it’s suffocating to be in the middle of all the incomplete work that needs to be done. It really feels like I’m in such a rush to get my life together but at the same time, time is running out, and I must hurry up fast before everything comes crashing down. I just feel that being under pressure fuels to my stress levels, and that stresses me out even more!
2) Poor diet
As much as I am health conscious and aware of the sort of food that I eat, my stress levels have the tendency to make me lose my appetite and eat less than I usually do. I’m so overwhelmed with everything that food isn’t even on my mind (because all that’s on my mind is the heavy work load stress). Some days I will eat perfectly fine, but during the days when I feel that my stress is bugging me to the core, I cannot eat properly. I will literally just eat a bowl of cereal and call it a wrap for the day.
3) Mood swings
When I’m stressed out, my moods can be a bit of a roller coaster. I have a hard time being in a good mood consistently because there’s always something that reminds me that something is missing or is not finished. This automatically switches me off to the point where I literally just don’t feel like doing anything or talking about anything. I tend to get irritable and triggered easily. Sometimes I even find myself snapping at my family members for the smallest things, and they get impatient/annoyed/confused with me. What’s worse is that they don’t know why I’m stressed out because I prefer not to burden them with what I’m going through, so the fact that they don’t know, and the fact that I have to constantly pretend as if I’m fine, alone messes with my moods even more. Ugh!
4) Lack of sleep/oversleeping
There are many nights where I have trouble falling asleep as soon as I place my head on my pillow. I just can’t seem to fall asleep easily because it’s the stressful thinking that keeps me up during the night hours. I stay up and think about everything. I think about what I’ve done. And what I haven’t done. My sleep routine is a complete mess. Some nights I fall asleep around 1am and wake up around 12pm, and other nights I fall sleep around 5am and wake up around 2pm. However, now and then, when I’m really really tired, I fall asleep around 12am and wake up around 9am. Basically, my sleeping pattern is a wreck! It’s all over the place!
5) Becoming distant from social activities
I get so stressed out that I avoid anything to do with people in general. I isolate myself from literally everyone, and that includes my family too. I rarely go out in front of them or spend as much time as I should. The thing is that I just don’t like the idea of facing anyone while I’m going through stressful times in fear that they will judge me from the stress/frustration that can blatantly be seen on my face. Haha yes, seriously, it’s always obvious when I’m not feeling good about myself. My family sometimes picks it out and observes me. And so I avoid facing them as much as I can while I figure out how I can handle everything. I really just to keep myself to myself. I don’t like the idea of anyone catching troubled/disturbed/stressed out vibes from me, so I can get quite distant even though I wholeheartedly don’t mean to.
6) Problems concentrating/staying focused
One thing that bothers me when I’m overly stressed is the inability to concentrate on a task for a long period of time without getting distracted by my phone or simply talking myself out of it with thoughts like “I can do it tomorrow” or “I just need a break, maybe later” – not very wise of me, but this alone delays my progress and ends up making me feel like more of a stressed out piece of sh*t. It’s honestly frustrating, I cannot seem to stay focused in the way that I wish I could. Damn it!!!
It gets exhausting when I have to wake up everyday and be reminded of how much I’m lacking in my life. The same old routine, waking up and thinking: “I need to focus on creating 50 more posts”, “need to keep up with my pinterest stats”, “I need to make my website look perfect”, “I need to find a way”, “I have to do this before I wreck everything up”, “I feel so behind in life”, “I have to start working on more content and get my work out there”, “I need to exercise and work out too!”, “I gotta figure out a way now”, “omg I need to post on twitter”, “I don’t wanna dismiss instagram, I really wanna catch up with my feed”, “I don’t know what to eat”… and so on… but you get the idea. All of it just gets tiring, sometimes I feel like giving up, and most of the times I don’t get the rest that I crave.
8) Doubting myself
For someone who has a lot of potential/ability, I do doubt myself. I own up to that. I’m no different from anyone else, there are times when I just believe that I can’t do it. I get weak. I stumble. I have all these incomplete projects and plans that just…make me not want to do them anymore because “I don’t think I can” or “I think I should be doing something much easier”. I have these moments a lot, especially during the really really stressful times. Self-doubt messes with my confidence too. It gets annoying.
9) Worried about my health
What’s more stressful than being stressed about anything at all? Well, for more, it’s my health. My concern for staying healthy is big. I often worry about how I might end up if I don’t handle my stress well. I even start googling symptoms for the most minor things that I notice different about myself such as a little headache or belly ache or even a tiny paper cut. I can’t help but think that I’m going to die haha!
10) Low energy
Finally, on some days I noticed that I have almost no energy to do much. I simply don’t feel energetic enough to handle my tasks or stay focused. I get my laptop out, sit on the edge of my bed until “I can’t be bothered to do this anymore, so I’ll just lay down here and stare at the wall for 30 minutes or something”. Or I could be sitting on my bedroom floor with all my paper, books and pens out until I, without realizing, shut down and end up napping for an hour or two. Yup, that’s how much of an effect all this stress has on me. I yawn and I just get really tired.
And that’s that. I really hope you enjoyed reading my personal stressful experiences and thoughts. Do you think you can relate to any of them? If so, then please let me know in the comments section. I would love to read what you have to say. 🙂
Also, may I add that in my next blog post I will be sharing information on how I handle my stress based on all the 10 points that I discussed in this post (don’t miss out on it, stay tuned!)
Thanks for reading!
Is Skincare Really Important Before Makeup?
There’s a common saying, “makeup is temporary, skin is forever” which is something we should all deeply think about because it’s inevitably true. For example, you can change your eyeshadow and lip color but no matter how much foundation goes on a face, it’s hard to cover up dry, bumpy, or neglected skin. We are born with the skin we have and just like our bodies, we should treat it like a temple. If you’re still not convinced skincare makes a difference, here are a few things to consider about the importance of having a good skincare routine:
1. Better Skin, Less Makeup Product
We use makeup to change our flaws and highlight our best features. With a skincare routine your better features will begin to show more, creating less of a need for makeup; and we all know that less make up means healthier skin in the long run. The same advice goes for pimples! If you have a bright red spot appearing in the morning, you can apply colour correcting creamer instead of “more than the usual amount” of foundation.
2. Flawless Makeup Application
Your face is a canvas for the masterpiece that is you. Think about an artist applying a base coat of paint, it is easier on a smooth surface over a bumpy one. If you take care of your skin and stick to a skincare routine before and after your makeup application, your chances of having that flawless masterpiece is higher and not to mention, easier!
3. Less Product
Over time as your skin begins to clear up, you’ll notice yourself using less and less foundation. Why cover up such perfect and flawless skin? Its an endless cycle of less product, healthier skin, and less money spent! But of course, that doesn’t mean to say that you can’t apply as much makeup as you want for fun (because I do it too sometimes) – because you can! You just have to take some time to think about your skin for the long run just to boost your self esteem.
4. Feel More Confident
You now have glowing skin, your blushing pink cheeks are natural and your under eyes are no longer dark. It feels good to wake up every morning knowing you only need the bare minimum on your face. It’s a huge confidence boost knowing that you are doing the best for your skin!
5. Makeup shouldn’t stay on your face 24/7
Whether you like it or not, your face can’t handle having makeup on all day and all night. Of course, its always good to take the precautionary steps if you know you’ll be out all day, like using primer and a hydrating mist- but it still has to come off at some point. Makeup over time can be damaging to your skin, lips, and eyelashes. Foundation can leave the face feeling dry and can infect pimples over time. Mascara dries and chips off, taking your eyelashes with it when you’re rolling your face around in the pillow.
Therefore, cleansing, toning and moisturizing your skin ensures that there is no more product left, and if you’re wearing heavy makeup, double cleanse!
When you get into a skincare routine, you will gain a better understanding of your skin’s needs! This knowledge can even help you pick out the right makeup for your skin as you learn more about your skin’s “flaws” and why they appear. I hope this was helpful and remember, treat your skin like a temple!
90+ Life Changing Affirmations To Follow (Part 2)
Welcome to part 2 of the affirmations series. In this blog you will find the remaining 5 sections which have been continued from part 1 (if you haven’t read part 1, click here.)
Section 6: Affirmations for becoming a better you.
I have the courage to cross oceans and burn bridges; I trust that I am exactly where I need to be at this point in my life; In every situation I am the only who gets to control my attitude towards it; Where I am and where I will be is determined by my own actions and not my circumstances; I believe in taking actions to make my dreams come true; I refuse to accept anyone else’s idea of what’s possible for me; I can create a better me because I control my actions; I would rather aim high and fall short than to aim low and fall short; I set my goals high and I always do something higher every day to move forward; I always have faith, hope and belief because I know that anything is possible and miracles happen everyday.
Section 7: Affirmations for inner peace.
I am going to stop overthinking about everything; I learn to be confident and happy in my own skin; Nothing can destroy my inner peace; I let go of the things I can’t control; I forgive everyone for everything they have done to me but that doesn’t mean I’m weak; carrying hatred in my heart is a waste of my energy; I believe in my potential and I can do anything; Taking regular breaks comes naturally to me; I do not mix well with chaos or drama and nor do I ever want to; My nature is peaceful and calm, I’m not a noisy person; I approach things with a calm mind and try my best.
Section 8: Affirmations to improve memory.
I am able to remember information quickly; My mind is always clear; I am always finding new ways to improve my memory; I take walks to refresh my mind and memory; I love taking care of my memory; I tend to remember things precisely; Remember things easily comes natural to me; I have the ability to improve my memory as much as I want; My memory is sharp because I remember and notice all the small details; I like playing memory games and engaging in memory boosting activities.
Section 9: Affirmations to boost immune system.
I am a healthy and strong person; My immune system is indestructible; My body can bounce back from any injury; With passing time, my immune system improves; I can recover from any health condition; My mind and body are in perfect harmony; I nourish my mind and body with healthy foods and activities that are good for my immune system; My overall health is always improving, every second; I am becoming someone with everlasting good health; My health is my number one priority; my health, is my ultimate wealth.
Section 10: Affirmations for creativity.
I am a creative person and I love to be creative; I have a very active imagination; I enjoy coming up with new ideas and thoughts; I never run out of creativity; I am always inspired by other artists; My own creativity makes me an individual artist; Creative ideas flow out of my mind naturally and effortlessly; When I feel creative, I feel empowered; My creativity represents a great part of who I am; I find joy in unleashing my creative side.
Thank you for reading this post. Do you have any affirmations you’d like to add? If so then feel free to leave a comment below.
90+ Life Changing Affirmations To Follow (Part 1)
In this blog I have created over 90 affirmations in the form of graphics which have been categorized in to 10 different sections which can apply to different aspects of your life. Enjoy.
Section 1: Affirmations For Spiritual Self Care.
(I spend my time outside in nature to find more peace and clarity within myself; I look up to things that inspire my inner creativity; I make the time to meditate in a safe and peaceful environment to focus and take my mind off things; I prioritize prayer in my schedule to fill the spiritual void within me and to feel complete; I make the effort to reflect and evaluate where I am now and how I can improve on where I want to be in the future; I give space for all the things that give meaning to my life and base my existence around those things; I try my best to ensure that my morals and values are in harmony with my actions; I dedicate my time pray because I believe that without God, nothing could be possible for me; I believe in the power of miracles and I believe that amazing things happen after going through darkness).
Section 2: Affirmations For Building New Habits
(With every new habit that I form, I get more things done; I get rid of my bad habits and replace them with good ones; All of my habits provide a way for me to achieve my goals and dreams; new habits are liking having new exciting ideas; I always look for ways to build productive habits; I don’t care about my past habits, all I care about is my present habits; I do what it takes to build good habits that last me for as long as I live; every habit either takes me one step closer to my dream life or one step further back-it is entirely up to my own actions; I understand that will either make or break my future; My habits determine who I am as a person).
Section 3: Affirmations for personal self care
(I take the time throughout my day to do things that I truly enjoy doing; I keep up with myself to make sure that I am always at my best; I prioritize eating all my meals on time, drinking enough water, getting enough sleep and working out everyday; Just as much as I give importance to other responsibilities, I also give equal importance towards my self care routine because I matter and I am important too; I plan my self care routine all the time and make it as realistic as possible to make sure that I actually stick to it and not neglect it; I have every right to set boundaries for myself-this means that I can tell others “no” to say “yes” to myself; My acts of self care are habits that will last for a lifetime because I deserve to live a good quality life, feeling just as good too).
Section 4: Affirmations to boost feelings of happiness
(I will only spend time with people who uplift my mood and make me happier; My mind consists of stimulating conversations and positive self-talk; I always find reasons to laugh and be excited; I only participate in anything that makes me happier; I will always make time for my happiness; I will open up to someone that I can fully trust and have the best conversations with them that will cause happiness; I will plan trips, adventures and vacations and make them a reality because they are what make me happy; I will never bottle up or hide my sad/negative emotions, thoughts and feelings. I will always express them to somebody that I love/trust to feel happier; I do things that are comforting to me and make me feel good; My health is my priority because that is what my happiness depends on).
Section 5: Affirmations to boost productivity
(I work on my skills because I want to always perform my best; I do not take on any extra or unnecessary responsibility that has nothing to do with my future or dreams; I only focus on work that is rewarding to me and makes me happy to do it; I only do work that gives me a sense of inner satisfaction and enjoyment; The space and environment around me is always safe, clean and comfortable which always pushes me to be as productive as I can; I take regular breaks to ensure that I don’t get burned out or feel exhausted from working too hard; I am always willing to learn new things that will expand my current knowledge and encourage me to think outside of the box; I avoid distractions and only make time for whatever boosts my productivity levels).
Thank you for reading part 1 of this affirmations blog post. Click here to read part 2.
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