How To Handle Stress During The Busiest Time Of Year

My plate is full. Now what do I do? 

Many times has my mother told me that my eyes are bigger than my stomach when it comes to filling my plate with food. And was she right every single time! Much like my four course dinner, I have a full plated schedule every single day! As much as a full schedule takes its toll on my stress level, I don’t think i'd have it any other way. 

Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances. Stress is created when we are challenged - whether we think so or in the moment or not. Personally, I see stress as an opportunity to expand my horizons.The perspective that stress is an opportunity for self-growth can be helpful for you too!

I have learned that the more tasks I have, the more productive I become. I begin to pay attention to when things are due, plan ahead and try to prepare myself for what is to come. I have also learned that not everything goes to plan, and sometimes you just have to go with the flow. I would recommend getting a planner to make your life a little easier. I have found that writing things down immediately after I found out about them, makes recalling them effortless. One of my favorite quotes of all time is “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” You can make all kinds of excuses, but in reality you’re only hurting yourself and your chances at being successful. 

Another great thing you can do when taking on a busy schedule is create goals for yourself. Those goals can help motivate you when you feel overwhelmed. Realistic goals that can be achieved are helpful in keeping you motivated. List out the steps you think you need to do in order to achieve those goals, and plan plan plan! When you do achieve your goals, celebrate and reflect on what you did to accomplish such goals. If it doesn't make you smile with happiness, the goal wasn't challenging enough. 

My last bit of advice is to consistently give yourself a daily reflection. At the end of the day, give 1-5 positive takeaways from everything that happened that day. They could be as small as living another day, or as big as receiving a pay raise. Whatever the case, it’s good to end the day with a positive outlook and prepare yourself for tomorrow. This will help refresh your thoughts!

Having a busy schedule and experiencing stress is simply another emotion on the rollercoaster of life. We can either embrace it stress head-on or shy away from it. Embracing the stress and busy schedules can make you feel vulnerable at the start, but it also brings an exceptional opportunity to flourish. Go for it, and remember, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!

This post was written by #TeamPumpUp member Gavyn. Gavyn is an experienced athlete and great representation of our community. For more inspiration, follow her @faith_food_fitness on the PumpUp app!