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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Stress Relievers

Everybody has their own baggage to carry and their own stress in life. Whether that is everyday, once in a while or triggers to make the stress appear. Stress can't go away forever. It's impossible, it's apart of life to struggle and have challenges that make you grow and be a better person. You shouldn't be so obsessed with the problems in your life and how upset they make you. The real focus should be on, what are you going to do, and HOW are you going to handle them?

Different stages of life gives you different types of stress. Being a middle schooler makes you worry all about what other people think of you and if you can fit in with 'the crowd' and being loved by people who really aren't nice to you. Being in high school makes you worry about the college you should be attending, passing your classes, and the baggage that came along with middle school and finding your group of friends while caring so much about what other people think of you, oh and don't forget body image, that's always a big one.

Everyone handles the problems through different ways. There are healthy ways to deal with it and unhealthy ways as well. For my middle school years my family always helped me through every little problem I was dealing with. In high school, I was a little more alone and I had to find my way by myself. That meant for me, bad decisions and bad friend choosing too. Thankfully I grew out of that in a matter of a couple of years and I really found a good set of ways to relieve my stress. I began working out during my senior year, getting a job and journaling plus getting really involved with my faith.

Going to college puts on a whole new layer of stress; layer, after layer, after layer. Since I am in college, I can't tell you all of the stress that occurs; but by only being in college for a little over one semester I can tell you that I have been hit with some pretty hard times already. Everything finally becomes your own. You know when you're in high school and you're always saying how you can't wait to move out and be on your own and finally be able to make your own decisions? Yeah, well it's here, and trust me if I could turn around and run back to mom and dad, I totally would. Making your own decisions and being alone is hard! Sometimes you won't always make the right decisions, but that's okay because you need to get up and learn from your mistakes.

Three things that will always help you through hard times and stress: Faith, formation and fellowship. What that means is you need faith, in anything honestly. You just have to know that this isn't the end and there is more to life than what you are going through! You just have to put your faith and trust into something other than yourself. You as a human being can't put all of that onto yourself! It's impossible and your body can't handle all of that responsibility. For formation and fellowship you need a great set of friends. You need those friends that you can call at any time of the day and will help you if they are 5 miles away or 500 miles away. You need to know that you can call at least two people in a drop of a hat without feeling nervous of how they are going to think of you. Putting your trust into someone else is hard, but it's a way of life and you will grow as a person. That is what life is all about, it is growing into becoming a better smarter and stronger YOU.

Love yourself, love your life, and have faith no matter what comes in the way don't let any of it take your love and happiness away.

What are your thoughts on difficulties with life?

xx, Lillie

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