As an introvert, I’ve always been under a lot of stress. Some of it is from the environment and people around me. School and work were the biggest contributors of stress. Deadlines, projects, presentations, and customer service can really wear a person out. But a lot of it is self-inflicted as well. For example, I’ll play conversations over and over in my head, analyzing what I should have said and worrying about whether I said the wrong thing. And I analyze everything. Literally everything.
My whole life to this point, I’ve never actively tried to get rid of stress. When put in stressful situations, I tend to buckle down and get the job done. It isn’t until I’m finished a task that I realize how much stress I was under. But even if I don’t realize it, the stress negatively impacts my health. Recently I’ve been trying to find ways to deal with stress, rather than just ignoring it.
I’ve found a few things that help me relax. I go for workouts a few times a week. In order to motivate myself to actually work out, I got a gym membership. But there’s so much you can do at home too, you don’t have to belong to a gym in order to get exercise. I’ve also been going to yoga classes. But on the days when I don’t feel like leaving my house, I’ll watch a yoga video on Youtube and follow along. I also love going for massages, but since they’re so expensive, it doesn’t happen very often.
Listening to music helps me recharge and relax. If I’m feeling frustrated or irritated, I’ll usually play something fast with a good beat to go along with my mood. If I’m in a contemplative mood, then I’ll listen to nature sounds (like running water or thunderstorms) or something relaxing like classical music.
Reading is not only an escape from reality for me, but also effective in helping me relax. I always pair a good book with a cup of tea. Tea always brings me comfort. I also love writing. I started this blog to share my thoughts and feelings, and also to connect with others who feel similarly. Knowing that other people are working on the same things I am is reassuring.
How do you get rid of stress? What do you do to relax?