Dear Mind, I’m Stressed!

Dear Mind, I’m Stressed!



It’s Friday, and it’s been a week am I right?

We all know stress a little too well, whether it be hammering down for an upcoming university exam, looming work deadlines or maybe your inner Libran is coming out and indecisiveness has taken over in panic on what to wear out this evening.

So, we’re here to say, it’s okay to feel stressed.

Stress is a natural human reaction when you feel confronted and everything seems to kick in high gear, your heart rate elevates, blood pressure rises and there isn’t enough minutes in the day to tick of the ever-growing to-do list.

Although it is a ‘natural’ reaction, stress is still a negative force in which can have a big impact on both our personal and professional lives. Situations can change faster than we can process, leaving us feeling even more anxious. And this is not what we want!

To try kick that stress in the butt, you can try some of these coping strategies to help zen out:

1. Breathe

Step away and take a breathe. Get in touch with your body and channel your inner yogi. Sure this sounds easy, you breath all the time right, but taking slow, deep breathes can help instantly calm you and decrease tension, and all you need is a set of lungs!

Here are some breathing exercises from The Greatist which can help you relax in 10 minutes or less.

2. Laugh - It's no joke

When it comes to relieving stress, more giggles, or loud laughs, is just what the doctor ordered. Did you know laughter has been found to lower levels of stress hormones, reduce inflammation in the arteries, and increase “good” HDL cholesterol. Laughing can also stimulate many organs, enhancing your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulating your heart, lungs, and muscles, increasing those endorphins which are released to your brain.

3. Boost those endorphins!

We know it’s a mission to sometimes get up, into activewear and out the door, but the feeling post-exercise is well worth it. Whether you walk, run, play mixed netball or box, every time you are physically active your body releases mood-boosting chemicals called endorphins, which leave you feeling satisfied, relaxed, and a lot less stressed than how you started.

4. Unplug

It’s impossible to escape stress, especially if it followed you everywhere (Yes phone, we’re looking at you). It’s time to cut the cord. Walk away, avoid the email spam and overload of digi news. Try taking a little bit of time to escape from the world by putting your phone in another room, use ‘DND’ on your iPhone. When was the last time you sat underneath a tree and soaked up some rays? Try it this weekend.

5. Catch those z’s

It’s time to get some sleep, which should not be overestimated! Sleep is super important when regulating mood and stress, and when you are stressed, you actually need more sleep – with a typical adult needing 8+ hours every night to begin with. Sometimes it’s easier said than done with sleep. Resist the urge to lay there on the scroll or mulling over the next days’ problems, your body will thank you for the rest!

6. Flex those creative muscles

And how do you do this you ask? Attempt to write down your thoughts in a journal, bust out to your favourite Spotify playlist and use your hairbrush as a mic. (According to some studies listening to music helps relax and de-stress you from daily life). You could also try taking up some watercolour painting or candle making – doing something out of the box might distract you from the crazy world happening around you.

We urge you to be silly, have a little fun, and give your mind a break.

 

Let us know in the comments below how you destress.


#ChoosetoChallenge IWD 2021

#ChoosetoChallenge IWD 2021



International Women’s Day (IWD) is always an important moment to reflect on the gender inequality that still exists all over the world.

This year’s theme is Choose to Challenge.

Today, and hell every day, we can choose to challenge, and call out gender bias and inequality. We can choose to celebrate women’s great achievements and create an inclusive world.

We all have our own thoughts and actions, so why not focus on your own individual responsibility to act and challenge the inequality in our everyday lives.

Now, this doesn’t mean you need to set up a debate at work or go on a protest march (even though these are great ideas!). This can be as simple as looking at yourself and no longer dressing and look pleasing to the typical man, but for yourself. Reclaim yourself and grow into your skin and feel comfortable to tackle bigger issues outside of yourself. Why not host a girl’s movie night, maybe watch Girls Can’t Surf, and strike up a conversation with friends on how they feel.

Challenging can be hard, especially when you have a difficult person ahead of you, or the time and place don’t feel right. But know that your feelings are valid, and you deserve to feel safe, respected, and included. Back yourself and surround yourself with others who will do the same.

As IWD states, a challenged world is an alert world, and from challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge.

How will you act to form a gender-equal world?

Check out the IWD website for more information.


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You Are A Fearless Female

You Are A Fearless Female



What does it mean to be fearless?

Does it mean you are not scared of the massive four-centimetre spider creeping in the corner of your room, or you have no hesitation jumping 12,000 ft out of plane for the thrill or maybe you are comfortable walking into a networking event solo?

According to Collins dictionary, to be fearless is to be: without fear; not afraid; brave; intrepid.

And, according to Fearless Females (FF) we are going to have to agree to disagree (Well not completely disagree, just make some minor amendments and be sure to let Collins know).

We believe, to be fearless is;

  • To be aware of your own weaknesses and learning how to disarm them
  • It’s not about having no fear but embracing fear and using it as an energy to move forward
  • Owning who you are and realising these weaknesses do not hold you back and you will continue to kick goals!

Now I know what you are thinking, how does this make me a fearless female?

We are all riding the same wave. We are challenged every day in the decisions we make and our actions which follow. And when you think you have walked out of a situation, you are certain to walk into another at some point which may make you feel uncomfortable, anxious, or afraid.

Along with those emotions there is something else inside of you… adrenaline, passion and hope. The hope you can conquer what is ahead of you with the feeling of accomplishment in arms reach. If you can conquer something you are afraid of, you will be empowered and even happier you put yourself out there.

So, guess what? Fearlessness is inside you, waiting to show everyone you’ve got this and be confident in who you are and what you can do.

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow."

— Mary Anne Radmacher

How can you channel your FF?

  1. Acknowledge your fears and understand this is your body’s reaction to warn and protect, not to scare and prevent. Understand your fear might be based on biology, like yikes that is a big ass snake, or from past experiences which have scared you.
  2. It’s easy to get lost in your own thoughts and down the rabbit hole of doubt and questioning. You do not have to listen to your inner mean girl. Go tell her to sit this one out. Because often she has things wrong or blown out of proportion. You must not forget to be kind to yourself.
  3. There is no better antidote to fear than self-confidence, the more confident you are about your ability to handle what scares you, the more secure you feel. Getting the facts, knowledge and gaining experience minimises the intensity of fear by making things seem less scary and more preventable.

It’s time to grab fear by the reins and channel your inner fearless female. You’ve got this.