If i am honest i dont avoid stress... i feel stressed prettty much all the time. But i do have some coping mechanisms which try to help me cope with the stress. I am an organizer and planer, that helps me to destress when i feel that i have some type of control over the situation. When i feel like i have no control then i feel even more stressed, but also planning and writing down everything i have to do and being organized helps.
Taking time for myself, even if it means saying no to social events, friends or my boyfriend. Sometimes all i need is time on my own to destress. To maybe just have a spa evening or just lie in bed and watch series all day can help me to destress.
Being productive... making a plan and being productive. I find if i procrastinate because i am stressed then i just feel more stressed and its a bad circle. So instead i try to be as productive as possible, though this has a negative side because sometimes i feel like my productivity isnt good enough and even though i got everything done or did 4-6 hours of studying it doesnt feel like its enough.
Working out and running/walking is a way for me to destress. One of the best ways for me to relax and destress as i dont see it as a 'must' or 'have to', but something which makes me happy. So exercise doesnt add stress to my life, i make time for it and that is important for myself.
Blogging is also a good way for me to destress, but at the same time it does add alot of stress into my life... so its a fine balance!!
Colouring and writing are great ways to destress as well :) To just find peace. Doing meditation or something meditative, just sitting and breathing is good as well :)
Do you think you get enough sleep on a daily basis? When I stardet sleeping 8,5 - 9 hours every night, I became this whole new person: I felt so de-stressed, energetic, positive! It's scarily true what they say about the imbortance of sleep for psysical health <-- a="" as="" before="" can="" cause="" disorders="" eating="" getting="" issues="" like="" little="" long="" method="" of="" over="" people="" psychological="" refuse="" sleep="" span="" time="" to="" too="" torture="" used="" was="">-->
No i dont.... i mean i am on my break now and i still only get around 6 hours sleep a night. Ideally i know i need 9 hours to function best, but at the moment i am having some sleeping problems where i dont feel tired in the evenings. I dont feel so tired during the days either, i have even decreased my consumption of caffeine, but stilll i dont feel any more tired. For now i am not so worried... when i need it and can i take powernaps anyway :) But you're right, ideally i should be sleeping more. But for now its not a problem and i dont feel so tired.
Would i recommend online dating?
Haha, maybe. I have a few friends who have found their partner via online dating and then others where it hasnt gone so well... so its basically 50/50. Though it can work (i am proof of that, but also my mum :) She found her husband, i.e my step dad via online dating :) I love joking about this fact that we've both found someone via online dating! Though different sites ;))
I wrote a post about online dating HERE It can definitely be an option, but its important to be safe and be wary of who you are talking to and if you decide to meet them. Make sure to tell someone and do it during the day :)
How did i cope with moving country?
Hi Izzy, I would be very grateful, if you could write something about how anorexia has damaged your hair. Since I was a teenegaer, my hair have been falling off excesivelly but it became even worse now when I suffer from anorexia. But your hair now looks amazing, strong and healthy. Are you using some treatment? Oils? Vitamins? Or is that just a result of healthy eating and sufficient income of nutrients? Does it get better when I gain weight or the damage is permanent and I cannot do anything about it? Thank you in advance for your response!