Stress Management

Hey everyone! Today I thought I’d write about ways to manage stress. Before I begin I want to say that these are ways I cope with stress. These methods may not work for you, but I hope that you are able to find something that helps you.

Recently I’ve been stressing out a lot. I’ve been stressing about school, work, and friendships. Some of the things that have been happening to me are getting canker sores, bad stomach aches/cramps, and I’ve even been losing some of my hair. I finally decided that  this would not just go away and that I needed to find ways to manage this stress. I would like to say that I have this all figured out, but truthfully I don’t. I am still actively trying to figure out ways to manage this stress.

The first thing that I do is talk to my friends. When I start to feel overwhelmed I will message one of my friends and talk about what is going on. This does not totally get rid of my stress, but I do feel a little better. Another thing I do regarding friends is I’ll get a hug from one of them. This works for me, but may not work for you.

If those two things don’t work or if a friend is unavailable I will take a nap. This may not be the best thing to do, because it is probably not great to sleep every time you are stressing out, but it can be good sometimes. After a nap I wake up feeling more clear headed and able to calm down about whatever is bugging me.

Another way I manage stress is I will take a break and read. I will usually do this when stressing about homework and school. I will do a section of homework then take a break and read. I will go back and forth doing this until I get my homework done.

The last thing I do is exercise. I usually run on the treadmill, but recently I have started doing yoga. A good fitness channel to watch is tone it up, on you tube.  Pinterest is also a good place to get different exercises from.

These are a few things that work for me. I don’t know if everything will work for you, but it’s worth a shot. I hope you all found this a little helpful. If you have any other ways you manage stress, let me know. I’d love to hear your methods!

-A

Things I’m Thankful For

It’s been quite a while since I’ve last posted. Let me start by saying happy Thanksgiving and I hope you all had a great day with your friends and family! Today is a day where everyone gives thanks for what they have and in light of that I am going to list a few things that I’m thankful for.

The first thing I am thankful for is my family. They have been such a blessing this past year. They have helped me when I just needed to talk or when I needed some extra help with bills, gas, or whatever I needed. I know that I can always count on them to be there when I need them.

Another thing I am thankful for are my friends. Just like with my family I know that they will always be there for me. I can go to my friends for anything, whether it is for a hug when I’m feeling sad or stressed, some much needed advice, or just to hang out. I know that no matter how far away they are they will always make time to talk to me.  I am also so thankful that they listen to me about all of my current obsessions!

The last, but definitely not the least, is my boss and her family. My boss is so great! She is very understanding and supportive about my school schedule. She is always a listening ear and willing to give me advice. She is also very generous person. Besides my boss I am thankful for the kids. Even though they drive me crazy sometimes they definitely make me happy.  They are all so sweet, at times, and it makes all the crazy times worth it. There is not a day that goes by where they don’t make me laugh at least once. They all make work so much more fun.

Those are just a few things I am thankful for this Thanksgiving. I have been so blessed this year, and look forward to the coming year. I urge you all to think of what you are thankful for this year.  I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving.

-A

Bucket List

        Recently I was looking on pinterest and noticed all the pins about things that can go on people’s bucket lists. I began to add things to my board for my bucket list. I decided to share some of the things I have on my list, and what ones I have accomplished.

I have not done most of these things but hope to do them in the coming year. What is on all of your bucket lists?

1.Polar Bear Plunge: I saw this done on The Bachelor, and I thought it looked like so much fun! It is going to be a tough one though, because when it comes to being cold I am a total wimp. I am known to wear jackets in the summer, so we will see how long it takes me to get this one done.

2. Go on a stargazing date: I did do this, and loved it. This quickly became my favorite thing to do on a date or even just in general!

3. Have a kiss in the rain: This one is cheesy I know, but it’s something you always saw on movies as a kid! By kid I mean 12… I did accomplish this too!

4. Go to the Super Bowl: I am hoping to be able to accomplish this one day. I really only would want to see the Cardinals though, so I’m not holding my breath on this one.

5. Go Kayaking: This is such a small thing, I know, but I’ve never been kayaking and it is something I want to be able to do.

6. Stand Up Paddle Boarding: Like my last one, this is also small. It is big enough to make it on my list though.

7. Go to Monaco: I would love to be able to travel to Monaco one day. I also want to be able to visit Monte Carlo while there!

8. Go to the World Series: I love baseball; it is easily my favorite sport. Going to see the world series would be a great experience in my opinion.

9. Write a book:  I recently decided that I want to write a book. I haven’t really began to work on it much, but I generally have an idea of what it will be about. Stay tuned for that as the year goes on.

10. Go to a Rodeo: I have wanted to go to a rodeo for the past year or two, and it really is such an easy thing to do. I just have not gotten a chance to go. Hopefully this year will be the year I go.

 

-A

New Years Goals

It’s a new year, and I hope you all had a fantastic time ringing in 2016! I spent the day with friends and family. I even had time to reflect on my last year. It was a little hard at times,and I had to message my best friend to talk me through it. I had been looking at pictures and came across some of my ex fiance and me. Many of you know I was engaged, and that the engagement ended a few months ago. As I was looking at these pictures I became upset, because I was supposed to get married this March to a guy I loved so much. Even though there were those hard moments, there were also great moments! I found pictures from when I first started dating my ex, my trip to California, and even my trip to Payson with my mom. Even though not everything is going to go the way I wanted/planned, I am prepared to make this one of my best years so far.

Today when I was at my friend’s house I set goals I want to accomplish during the year. My first goal is to go to the gym 5 days a week. I won’t share why, because it’s a pretty crazy reason, but it will definitely be a good change. To do this I have my friend texting me everyday, just to hold me accountable. My second goal is to blog post once a week! I am already off to a good start on this goal. 🙂 At the end of the year I want to be able to look back and see all that has happened. My third goal is to read the scriptures everyday. I originally thought of this goal, because at the singles ward I was challenged to read Matthew through John before the end of the year, this was back in November. I started out pretty good and read 5 chapters a day! Towards the end of it I began to slack off and did not end up finishing it. I have a lot more time this year, and do plan on finishing the Bible. My fourth and final goal is to cook at home twice a week. I am notorious for going and buying fast food on my night to cook. I will admit that I’ll still probably do that, but I will definitely cook at home those two nights a week too.

As we kick off the new year I encourage you all to think of your last year, and what you would like to accomplish this coming one. Let’s make this a great year. Happy New Year to all of you!

-A