How to Manage Stress and Anxiety

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How to Manage Stress and Anxiety

When it comes to stress and anxiety, everyone behaves differently, expresses themselves differently, and reacts to situations differently. When I get anxious – I call it a “nervous stomach”. I wanted this post to be very real and so before writing it, I thought seriously about how I handle my own anxiety and stress. Here are some methods that I use, that might help you distress and unwind:

· Take a Shower. I literally shower the stressful feelings off of me. The idea of literally washing away the pressure really helps me breathe deeply and feel less anxious. It’s my way of “shaking it off”.

· Exercise. My employees at InternQueen.com, are extremely athletic. Shayna runs every day, is training for a marathon, and lifts weights. Lindsey, has already participated in a few triathalons. Both of my team members have cited working out as a great stress reliever and something they’ve incorporated into their everyday lifestyles. Get a routine, join a gym – and I promise – you will release some stress!

· Start a Sport. In addition to the gym, a great way to relieve stress and anxiety is by picking up a sport or joining a local intermural league. In fact, I’m the most UNATHLETIC person in the world but I recently started playing tennis. I play twice a week and I love playing right after work. I smack the tennis balls as hard as I can to release that post-work tension!

· Blast Your Favorite Mellow Music. When I’m stressed out, the last thing I want to do is listen to loud or high energy music – it just makes the wheels in my head turn more and more. I have a favorite Pandora Playlist (Called Miss Independent – Ha!) and it’s my go-to whenever I’m in a bummy mood. I love to blast it on my wireless JBL speakers.

· Vent to the Right People. In my book, Welcome to the Real World, I talk about the importance of venting to the right people. If I have a stressful day at work, I vent to other entrepreneurs that run their own business because they are likely to really understand what I’m going through.

· Make a To Do List Before Bed. Most of my friends and the students I work with tend to feel stressed at night after a hectic day and before another busy day. To help you feel organized before you go to bed, make a to-do list with everything you need to do the next day. Having the to-do list ready as soon as you wake up with cut out “dawdling” and encourage you to get right to work. It will also help you clear your mind and put everything in one place before bed.

· Handle Arguments Pre-Bed. Don’t let arguments with friends or family just sit. Try your best to do what you can to solve the problem or at least schedule a later date to revisit the issue. Taking matters into your own hands and scheduling a time to talk about something that’s been bothering you will make you feel more relaxed.

· Do Something For YOU Before Bed. You go to school, do your homework, go to the gym, and do your extracurriculars. I go to work, go to the gym, do late night work, and that’s it. It’s up to all of us to put something for US into our routines. Before I go to bed, I always try to do something in between the work and the sleep –maybe it’s read a magazine or watch a TV show or read gossip websites. I find it relaxes me to do something that I personally enjoy right before bed.

· Go For A Walk. I’m a big fan of what I call “taking a loop”. It might be walking around your campus, your apartment, your office, your internship, or your home. But if you are feeling stressed, use your break time or personal time to get some fresh air and go for a walk. This always makes me feel better on a hectic day.

·Dedicate Time to Self-Improvement. If a problem at your internship has been bothering you, or you see yourself hitting that invisible “glass ceiling” in your field after graduation, don’t let that anxiety paralyze you. Take the course in project management you’ve been looking at, pick up the cool business book you bought last year, or actually look into getting that masters in communication you’ve been telling your friends and family about. Usually, the fears in our head are SO much worse than the reality of the situation. In short, figure out what’s bothering you, and take productive steps to nip it in the bud!