It moves. And then, with painful slowness, it reaches out to grab its phone to type whatever you’re reading right now.
And even though a lot of people face the pressure pretty well, I kind of … don’t.
I am a fearful person to say the least, and I suffer from a crippling fear of failure. Which is why telling me I’m about to write life’s most important exams… is probably not the best idea …
Writing down my frustrations often gives me clarity on what causes my problems and how to go about solving them.
I keep a journal solely to keep track of the sometimes distorted thinking and feelings of anxiety that I develop and using that has helped me notice the physical cues that I experience when I lose my composure.
2 ) Spoken Word Poetry
I love watching /listening to spoken word poetry because it’s the perfect amalgam of what I enjoy reading and watching and it’s very soothing to simply listen to stuff that seems to resonate with your very soul. I’m a big fan of Sarah Kay andHarry Baker , and from my own country I really like Mayank Suisgni. Their poems often inspire me to write my own , with their complex rhyme patterns and lovely voices. Moreover a poem usually takes less than 3 minutes on average so it’s never too time consuming and provides me with the break I need from my own problems.
Having a concrete idea of what I want to do often leads to an increase in productivity. Also , when I make my to do list I kind of stick in the fun stuff first and put studying around all of that , so I never procrastinate studying because I think I’ll chill first and study later, chilling becomes a part of my schedule.
I also don’t schedule the by the minute, I just make blocks of my day and that gives me more flexibility.
I had a dog earlier and now I have a cat and having him by my side is my biggest stress buster , because no matter what I do wrong , or how much stuff I have left to do, my cat believes in me and trusts me , or else he wouldn’t be sitting on my lap purring , he’d be hiding from me.
5) carrots and water
Carrots are cool , juicy, crunchy, sweet and healthy and having a carrot and a glass of water just instantly calms me down . I’m not a very healthy eater in general , but I always try to have a carrot everyday. I’ve also read how it reduces stress so there’s that .
I also try to reinforce positive thinking in myself but reassuring myself I CAN do it , but reminding myself about all the things people considered impossible but managed to achieve and by thinking less and acting more.
My list probably seems stupid or silly, but I guess that’s how my life is as a teenager these days , and even though it’s not without its problems , I have only this one to do everything I need to.