I’ve read articles, followed ‘feel good’ sites on Instagram and spoken to doctors. All the remedies for stress seem to be pointing in the same direction.

  • Eat the right food.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Drink enough water.
  • Exercise.
  • Surround yourself with positive people.

Reality…

I can only eat what I can afford, what’s available and what I can prepare easily and quickly (within my time constraints as a student, with a job at a busy digital agency).

I can only sleep for as long as my body allows me to (which is about 4 hours every night). I don’t have enough time to remember to drink 2 litres of water a day. I have a full time job. With clients. That’s what i’m thinking about. Not water.

There aren’t enough hours in the day for exercise. Sorry Doctor. If I tried to surround myself with positive people I’d have to get a one way ticket to the moon. Nobody is 100% positive.

You can’t expect people to shower you with love. Sometimes you’re lucky if you even get a response.

Most people are stressed by their workload. I’m currently working full time and finishing university part time. Some people can fly through life getting great grades with minimal effort. I’m not one of those people.

Home life can also be stressful. I love my friends and family but OMFG can they test my patience sometimes! Here’s the thing though…

We forget:

  • No-one has a gun to your head to reach that deadline at work, you’re only human.
  • That poor grade you got on your assignment won’t affect you getting the job you want, I should know!
  • Dog and cat cafes are ace! – I have not done this myself but i’d imagine this would be a great idea (if anyone would like to open one in Birmingham, feel free).
  • I know life is busy and I don’t do this enough, but go for a walk. I’ve done it a few times and it does actually make a difference. Think of it as a fag-break. Without the fags.
  • The people in your life love you and care about you even if they don’t say or show it, they wouldn’t be in your life if they didn’t.
  • You may be having money issues now but it won’t always be that way, let someone else pay for that drink, look up things to do for free, invite your friends or family round for a coffee instead of spending £15 in Starbucks.
  • Learn to control your emotions (it won’t help you de-stress, but it will help your relationships, which in-turn will increase stress and tension).
  • If you can’t change something, accept it! You’ll be a lot happier.

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