I don’t pretend to be a stress management expert, but I definitely have a lot of experience in stress and anxiety. In comparison to how constantly overwhelming it used to be, I am much better now, but it is not about generally less problems, but more about being aware of your feelings and where they’re coming from, and then processing your feelings in a more helpful and productive way. Sometimes, understanding if the problem is yours or someone else’s is useful in deducting whether you should spend any more energy focusing on it if it’s not something you can change or fix. There are so many factors in the world that are out of our control.
When I used to be taught to pray, I wondered what I should pray about. I guess first for myself, then I would extend it to my family and friends. Then I would think, what about everyone else in the world who isn’t getting prayed for? So at the end of my prayer, I would just add “and everyone else who needs a prayer” to cover it all LOL. But if one were really to meditate on just the incredible magnitude of people and beings in need at any given moment in time, it is reallyyy stress inducing. I’ve felt so many times like everyone else’s life is moving on and people are living, but I am stuck in one dark place, ignored and forgotten. Even if someone did reach out to me, it felt like a temporary relief, and then I’d go back to the same feeling of oppression and depression. It’s such a terrible feeling of being stuck, that I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone else, yet realistically, I’m sure many of us have felt/feel that way, particularly considering how big the world is.
So just some amateur thoughts on what I do personally to relieve stress, here’s what I’ve picked up to try to help myself and my racing thoughts out. Believe me, I’ve tried a lot of different methods. (it sucks that I can’t say believe me without thinking of Trump -_-).
- Do some light yoga, stretches, especially the neck, shoulder, and back before bedtime.
- Take hot baths and smell mint or lavender scents
- Drink chamomile or any other decaf tea
- Get a deep tissue massage
- Talk to a friend and rant or discuss feelings to get a fresh perspective
- Listen to music/read
- Treat yourself to something you like, such as your favorite drink
- Jot down things on your mind (like now haha)
- Extreme measures – Xanax or see an anxiety/sleep doctor
There are lots of things on my mind lately. Not to the point where I feel like I completely can’t handle everything. But close to the edge. I worry about my future. My parents future. That I won’t have them forever. That they might not have me forever. That it’s one or the other. The world’s future. If there is no God or greater being, is this all that we are? Life would seem meaningless and humans are just another small spec in the vast spectrum of the universe. Where am I headed? Am I doing enough? Am I doing too much? I don’t want to lose faith in people, but I find myself more cynical than I want to be with each day. I don’t want to grow weary and bitter of men. I don’t want to go for something and feel disappointed yet again – in relationships, in believing in a better future, in being lost, in career, in personal goals. Dealing with setbacks and not having the strength to carry on and face it all again. That choosing to give up would mean the ultimate seal of death. Yet that death is inevitable even if I chose the opposite. I worry that I will die alone. I worry that I get trapped in an unhealthy marriage. I worry that realistic marriage really is as painful as it looks. That this is all there is to life. That I stand out for the wrong reasons, that I’m different. But also that I’m forgettable. I make no difference or impact in other’s lives. But that doing good means nothing anyway in the grand scheme of things. That we are not to be complacent, but we are also not to stay unsatisfied by yearning for the next best thing. Yet we keep chasing something that is unreachable forever, but that is all progress works. I’m sad for all the human life that is dying and suffering from lack of basic needs, sustenance, that all these children are born into endless agony and their life ends briefly- what is the point of this? I want to be kind, but I don’t want to be naive, tricked, taken advantage of, but there is so much fucked up in this world. So much bs. Is this bs and fucked up shit necessary to sustain an imperfection that creates a balance of the ultimate imitation of perfection? We know communism doesn’t exist. So many concepts don’t exist because humans are greedy. We want, we take, we want to grow, to expand, to reach the next personal achievement. We want acknowledgment, power, status. We want validation, we want to be more beautiful, more wealthy, more successful, we want what others have. And yet if we didn’t want, the global economy would crumble as we know it. Without the ones who suffer as those who receive the short end of the stick in fate, we would not have ones to compare who drew the long stick. Comparison and perspective. If I did something good, what is that motivated by? Wanting to feel better about ourselves? To feel like a savior? Maybe I should forgive myself, cut myself some slack. But maybe I shouldn’t, and I am just as fucked up as the others around me. But I just don’t see it because most people are blind and righteous.
It would be comforting to truly believe in and belong in a religion. Yet all religions could have been manmade, the bible could have been manmade, because history is so prolonged that at this point, we have no clue what the truth is. It is rewritten by those who have won. Does this make us close-minded, to not examine ourselves and to not constantly question what the truth is? If we are perhaps abusing or misinterpreting what we believe to be “truth”. You could think you have it all figured out. But you could be wrong.